Twenty Interpretations—Matt Pailes

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Matt Pailes 20 Questions

1. Strength

Strength comes from within. True strength is spiritual—not always worldly or competitive. Self-control, understanding, forgiveness, love, mercy—that’s true strength. Brute force? Nah, that’s not true strength. Try again.

2. Weakness

Confusion, distraction, sinfulness, desires of the flesh. According to the Almighty, all men are created equal. One man’s strength can be another’s weakness, and one man’s weakness can be another’s strength. Even the greatest people have weaknesses, it’s just a human thing. Be as strong as you can be—that’s all you can do.

3. Pain

The Bible says those who sow in tears will reap in joy, so suffering is not always a bad thing—it’s just another emotion of life. That kind of thing makes you appreciate the goodness in life.

4. War

There’s a great deal of talk about war lately. From the beginning of creation, humans have been plagued by war. I’m not surprised—Christ said that nations will rise against nations, kingdoms against kingdoms, and there shall be wars and rumors of war. These things must go on until the coming of Christ in mankind’s heart is established. The ego is the cause of all strife. When man restrains from greed, lust, envy, and jealousy, then war will diminish. Haile Sellassie says, “Until the philosophy that holds one race superior and another inferior is totally and permanently discredited or abandoned, then everywhere you will see war. This is just a prophecy revealed. For centuries, world leaders have been plotting wars and toppling kingdoms. Injustice in the world leads to war—wipe out partiality and injustice and war will be finished! God is love, love is God. All who love, love God—God is in man when man is in love. When man lives in war and hate, he is in Satan.

5. Peace

Peace of mind is worth more than gold, diamonds, and pearls. Sellassie said, “Peace is not always an ‘is,’ it’s a becoming. And Jesus Christ said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be children of God. Peace comes when there’s justice and proper balance. Egypt was at peace when they were enslaving millions. Now that’s not true peace. When there’s no justice, you won’t see peace. If you cultivate peace within, you try to share love with others.

6. Love

God is love. Mercy, kindness, compassion, and forgiveness are ultimate love. Love is like a cohesive force that binds all things and makes them whole. Love is what makes life sustain. Love can conquer all with a simple response from her tongue. Love is unconditional, and it makes the world go around. Relationships between men and women can be tough, but that’s how honesty and devotion is tested like, say, silver in the furnace. God has loved mankind, so he gives us life in endless time and forgiveness sevenfold. Be thankful that there’s such a thing as love. Don’t front—love God first and your brothers and sisters as thyself.

7. Family

God said, “All who are in this world are brothers and sisters. I love my family—they’ve supported me whenever I needed them so I will always be there for them, too. My wife and son are now my family, and I love them unconditionally.

8. Jah

Short for Jahoviah Yahaveh Yeshva—Christ, God! Jah is the Hebrew word for “god—the God of Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham. Judaism, Christianity, and Muslims are all of the one God, creator, preserver and sustainer of life and the universe, Almighty. One God, one aim, one destiny.

9. Haile Sellassie

Rastafari. “Haile Sellassie is an Aramaic word. It translates as “power of the trinity, defender of the faith. For years, Ethiopian kings have been given these titles—king of kings, lord of lords, and conquering lion of Judah. They claim direct lineage to Solomon and Sheba, who are the lineage of King David. The Bible says that when Christ returned in the flesh, he’d bear these titles ansit on the throne of David. Tafari Makonen was crowned with these titles in November of 1930. Seventy-two different nations were in attendance. No man has been given that title since Haile Sellassie. The revelation also states that all nations will rise against this one king, yet he would overcome them for he is the king of kings, lord of lords, and conquering lion of Judah. He has prevailed to open the seals of life thereof. During WWII, Mussolini and Adolf Hitler tried to conquer the world. Mussolini said that if he couldn’t conquer Ethiopia, he’d never succeed. Well, he never conquered Ethiopia, and Haile Sellassie returned to Ethiopia and ruled to a ripe old age and outlived many of his enemies. All the while, his tongue was his sword and he tread the winepress of the Almighty. He holds the Sceptor Of Righteousness, and the Ark Of The Covenant is said to reside in Ethiopia. Sellassie always spoke of Jesus in the highest reverence, respect, and love. He also encouraged the tolerance of other religions. He is Jah Rastafari. These accomplishments are what gave birth to the Rastafari movement. If you have eyes to see, then see, and ears to hear, then let them hear.

10. Sacramento

Home of the Kings. The place I call home now. Lots of friends and good people live here. Lots of good skate spots, good population, and diversity without the rush of big-city life. I like Sacramento. John Cardiel, Matt Rodriguez, Mike Rafter, Judd Hertzler, Stefan Janoski, Omar Salazar, Brandon Biebel, Garin, Ped Urtz, Ed Devera, and all the Sacto locs—big ups. Morefyah.

11. Ipath

It started out with Matt Field, Matt Rodriguez, and me. It’s now grown and expanded. First with Karl Watson, Kenny Reed, Jake Rupp, Nate Jones, Tony Cox, and now recently with Adelmo Jr., Danny Renaud, Robbie Gangemi, and Jon Newport. I hope to go to Japan again. I’d like to see us put together a video, and I’d like to have a shoe for them soon. The concept began with the “I meaning “consciousness, and the “PATH meaning “the way. More love and strength.

12. Jamaica

We recently visited there with a 30-man crew. Plenty of good vibes, I-tal food, and reggae dancehall at the beach. Good reasoning with the locals—plenty of love and goodness. Check out these movies—Life And Debt, Land Of Look Behind, or Rockers. Jamaica is the birthplace of Rastafari and reggae music. Serious t’ing! If you go to Jamaica with respect, you’ll receive respect. If not, you’ll get a beatin’.

13. Roots

I’ve heard people say, “Don’t forget your roots. Well, “roots is not where you physically came from. Your roots are your virtues, your morals, your foundation, and your structure.

14. Reggae

Reggae music is people’s music. Music with a message that’s Biblically driven. The gospel flourishes through reggae. Countless quotes from the scriptures, psalms, and proverbs come to life in reggae music. There is life, health, and strength in reggae music—the King’s music. Bass, one drop, skank, riddim, dancehall, ska, rocksteady, and even cumbia all come from reggae. Jah calls upon the singers and players of instruments. Check out www.isoljahs.com for info about a CD. Ras bredrin Mikey Gamboah produced riddims, and I do chanting and singing over the riddims. Also, check out www.cdbaby.com for “Emanuel by Creation Sound. It’s music I wrote and produced. Roots binghi, dancehall cumbia/reggae. More love and strength.

15. Style

Natural is the best style. For real, be yourself. Let yourself flourish naturally. Style is natural grace. People’s skate styles show a person’s personality. As a youth, I liked the styles of Jason Lee, Mark Gonzales, Ray Barbee, and Tommy Guerrero. These days, everyone’s rad—too many to mention.

16. Skateboarding

To me, skateboarding will never get old. I always feel good when I go skate. It’s endless fun. It’s challenging, free, versatile, and amazing. I love it. I’ll be a skateboarder for life. When I’m 40, I hope to skate with my son Emanuel.

17. Mother Earth

Home of us all. The Earth blooms forth all life. Mother Earth and her creations are a gift from God to us all. I have the utmost respect for her—to the fullness.

18. Friendship

A true friend may not always tell you what you want to hear, and sometimes they’ll tell you what you need to hear. Your best friend can be your enemy and get you in trouble. And at times your enemy can be a better friend, help strengthen you or make you learn something. God works in mysterious ways. Honesty, love, and trustworthiness are strong foundations for friendships.

19. Robert Nesta Marley

The man was a prophet—listen closely to his songs. Mental emancipator. He said it right when he sang, “The builder refused will always be the head cornerstone. What was hidden from the wise and prudent is revealed to the babe and suckling. Think about that for a little while. He was like Joseph in the Bible—feeding people spiritual corn in a time of famine. He said, “The rain a fall, but the dirt it tough. Pot a cook but food not enough. Translate that to the teaching is here (the rain). The dirt that’s tough is people’s hearts. Man shall not live by bread alone. Bob was a man chosen by Jah to bring his message through reggae music worldwide to blow your mind.

20. Freedom

Freedom starts within. To be free is when you find godliness and free yourself from mental slavery. We all must break free from petty prejudices and strife to have true freedom. To have forgiveness, you are free. I appreciate my right to freedom of expression and freedom of speech. I wouldn’t want to live somewhere that was so strict that you feel oppressed. Let them freely speak to forward ourselves as a progressive people. Anarchy isn’t freedom because you know there is the law of the commandment given by God to Moses. It’s universal in all cultures—it gave man structural laws to abide by morally or else he’d be like a ship with no rudder endlessly tossed by every wave. That’s no freedom, that’s insanity. Self-control is ultimate freedom. Marcus Garvey said, “You can shackle the hands and feet of man, but you can never shackle the mind and heart of man. Freedom, equality, and justice for all. Sick be cleansed, the hungry fed, the infants nourished, and aged be protected. That’s Rastafari. Bless.

and amazing. I love it. I’ll be a skateboarder for life. When I’m 40, I hope to skate with my son Emanuel.

17. Mother Earth

Home of us all. The Earth blooms forth all life. Mother Earth and her creations are a gift from God to us all. I have the utmost respect for her—to the fullness.

18. Friendship

A true friend may not always tell you what you want to hear, and sometimes they’ll tell you what you need to hear. Your best friend can be your enemy and get you in trouble. And at times your enemy can be a better friend, help strengthen you or make you learn something. God works in mysterious ways. Honesty, love, and trustworthiness are strong foundations for friendships.

19. Robert Nesta Marley

The man was a prophet—listen closely to his songs. Mental emancipator. He said it right when he sang, “The builder refused will always be the head cornerstone. What was hidden from the wise and prudent is revealed to the babe and suckling. Think about that for a little while. He was like Joseph in the Bible—feeding people spiritual corn in a time of famine. He said, “The rain a fall, but the dirt it tough. Pot a cook but food not enough. Translate that to the teaching is here (the rain). The dirt that’s tough is people’s hearts. Man shall not live by bread alone. Bob was a man chosen by Jah to bring his message through reggae music worldwide to blow your mind.

20. Freedom

Freedom starts within. To be free is when you find godliness and free yourself from mental slavery. We all must break free from petty prejudices and strife to have true freedom. To have forgiveness, you are free. I appreciate my right to freedom of expression and freedom of speech. I wouldn’t want to live somewhere that was so strict that you feel oppressed. Let them freely speak to forward ourselves as a progressive people. Anarchy isn’t freedom because you know there is the law of the commandment given by God to Moses. It’s universal in all cultures—it gave man structural laws to abide by morally or else he’d be like a ship with no rudder endlessly tossed by every wave. That’s no freedom, that’s insanity. Self-control is ultimate freedom. Marcus Garvey said, “You can shackle the hands and feet of man, but you can never shackle the mind and heart of man. Freedom, equality, and justice for all. Sick be cleansed, the hungry fed, the infants nourished, and aged be protected. That’s Rastafari. Bless.