A very dear friend tried to convince me he was no alcoholic awhile back, ” Mike after mi nah dring rubbin alcohol, ungle if mid did a drink rubbin acohol mi wudda sey mi need help.”
Two stints in prison later, as a result of his drinking and driving, he is still convinced that he doesn’t have a drinking problem.
There is a certain sense of contentment, or resignation people feel in their circumstances, I guess it makes them accept far less than they were created to accept.
Whether it’s as my friend say he is no alcoholic, or Jamaican people saying “crime de every weh”, in response to the frightening murder rate it seems deniability has now become a coping mechanism.
In the United States, the all-out assault on once held societal norms for the highest executive office is passed off as just Trump being Trump.
We have become so accustomed to the vulgarity and garish behavior that we tell ourselves that is the way it has to be, this is the new normal.
Back home the killings elicit a glance if at all, the crime scene tape has become a spectacle, a spectacle which lasts until the corpse is removed and the blood is washed away and it’s back to business as usual.
I am always a little miffed at the idea that we cannot make a change as if we are totally powerless. I have never shared the perception that it’s up to someone else to do for us what we ought to be doing for ourselves.
Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus and ignited a movement.
There is something each and every person can do to make a better world. If the price of a certain brand of bread is too high simply stop eating that brand, no matter how much you like the taste of that brand.
I don’t like the way the few NFL players are being treated for taking a knee during the singing of the national anthem. No one will notice but I have stopped watching since Colin Kaepernick has been blacklisted and will never watch another game unless he is hired by a team.
So you say what difference does t make if you stop watching many more people are?
Many people are watching but I ain’t, that’s the difference. If enough of us stand up and say no what do you think the outcome will be?
The urge I have and the adrenaline rush of watching a good game are strong but they do not outweigh my resolve to stand on principle and not sell out for a couple hours of fun.
Former President Barack Obama was always quick to remind us, we are the change we seek. It is not up to someone else to fix things for us.
Each Generation has a duty to the cause of justice and brotherhood, peace and prosperity so that when we have finished our leg, the baton will be passed leaving the next runner with a good shot at this race called life.
We call ill afford to hand the baton to the next runner leaving him no chance of winning.
Winning is life, it is our existence, it is the difference between survival and extinction. Don’t ever for one minute believe that we cannot be eviscerated as if we never existed.
What we should not be doing is doing our enemy’s work for them. If the wanton savagery and the barbaric killings are not stopped by someone or something who will be left?
How about each and every one of us decides that we will not support criminal behavior and mean it?
How about we make the decision that at least in my household there will be no blood money?
We may not think it’s cannibalism when the money the mend bring home was taken from the person whose life he had just snuffed out but it is.
Today it’s that person, rest assured tomorrow it will be you.