One of the problems in our community and with people in general is the lack of discipline and the role it plays in personal/human development. I'll pick on Christianity today. A particular problem I have with doctrinal Christianity is how the concept of "forgiveness" is being used as an excuse for personal accountability, particularly in regards to the development of discipline as a strengthener against temptation. Presently, undisciplined and even unprincipled behaviors are dismissed under the guise of a "personal" relationship with God; this relationship dissociative at its worse, makes the person an "island" and distorts the reality that you are only human because of others: a community of humans or people nurtured you. When Christians speak of their personal relationship with God as a means of countering accountability or as an excuse for some impropriety, it's nonsense. It is part of the Western rhetorical ethics--a morality that exist in words but not in deeds.
Regarding forgiveness, many people fall into the trap of not addressing personal shortcomings or unethical behaviors, and not adequately altering them, and they continue the behaviors with the solace, that in the end, God will forgive them. For example, a pastor can shameless violate a commandment and his congregation will forgive him, because God will. But if the pastor has not developed the discipline to resist the temptation of repeating the act/behavior, then he will do it again. Nothing has been solved and the inappropriate act or behavior will come back like a bad habit. Good intentions and words alone will not change behavior. It is the disciplining of the person, addressing that particular aspect of the soul/self that will make the difference.
It is easier to understand if you think about it like this. God (The Supreme Be-ing) created you of earth and spirit/breath. The spirit/breath is directly from God, consequently it is good; divine even. It knows, whether you listen to it or not. (Actually, if you invert the equation, since the breath is of God, then when you get into the breath, i.e., breathing exercises or techniques, you get closer to God.) The earth component is imperfect and associated with the flesh and its desires. So, the real problem is getting the flesh to listen to the spirit while bypassing the so-called devil's interference. While Western Christianity rejects doing exercises that discipline the body, going as far as to call yoga, demonic, and forgetting that early Christianity was nurtured by mystics that engaged in mantras, meditation, physical drills, and the likes, Afrikan spirituality has never forgotten that the body is what has to be developed since the spirit is already developed. Hence, the body and not the spirit has to be disciplined. Christianity has written the body off, preferring to emphasize spirit, and this why so few Christians get the results they desire. Instead their failures are explained away, as we are not perfect. True, we are not "perfect" but with self-discipline we could be so much better. So this is the quagmire that Christianity is enmeshed in-in rejecting the body, they reject a major vehicles that would allow them to acquire the necessary discipline that would allow them to resist temptation, and be a better Christian. Forgiveness is a substitute for the work entailed in disciplining oneself. This is the real sacrifice, not Christ's--your personal sacrifice, that like Christ's involves bodily sacrifice; a bodily sacrifice that will result in discipline or being a disciple.
Our task in restoration is to know the self and incorporate that knowledge into a system that will produce discipline human beings who can live Maat! This knowledge is already amongst us; our job is like Auset and Heru's, to collect and revive it.
Know thy self!