Many of us are eternally critical of everything under the sun. We bicker about the sunshine, the rain like everyone else….but we carry on and on and on about the leaders, the politicians, the religious leaders, the social leaders. More than ever we carry on about the President, the Ministers, and the Opposition, etc.
When Burnham was President, we moaned and groaned; then came Hoyte, we still grumbled and groaned. Then there were Cheddie and Janet Jagan, then Bharrat and now Donald.
We were moaning and groaning then and we are now.
We were leaving the country then, we are leaving it now.
We were complaining then, we are now.
We were angry then, we are now.
We were relentless in our criticism of Burnham. Some loved him; the rest hated him. Nothing he did was of any good to many Guyanese who were taught to hate and brain-washed with anti-Black and anti-Burnham sentiments. No project was of any good even though we all knew that he did do some good.
We were relentless under the Jagan’s watch, nothing was good. There had to be brimstone and fire. Some loved them; the rest hated them. Nothing was good enough even though they did do some good. Many Guyanese were taught to hate them and many were brainwashed with anti-Indian and anti-Cheddi/Janet sentiments.
Then there was Jagdeo who many persons loved to hate. He too was cursed by many yet loved by many. Now there is Donald and we are doing the same.
It is everyone’ right to spend their life’s time to hate or love, build or destroy, criticize or praise. It is your time of your life and you decide how much mind space you devote to whatever you like to do.
One cannot help being saddened with the fact that so much time is spent in hate and hate-mongering. What would be the state of our country and our world if some of those efforts are spent in helping to build, in motivating, in supporting something?
So many websites exist only for one purpose: criticize and destroy – and they hide behind the anonymity of the web. How many sites highlight the good things? If we can only identify the wrongs, then is there something wrong with us?
While we grumble about Donald, there is a hungry child that needs our attention. Lets pay heed. While we curse Jagdeo, a neighbor or a stranger needs our positive energy, let’s pay heed.
Yes, indeed we MUST identify wrongdoing and eradicate corruption and such things – but that cannot be the only thing we do, and the only thing we write about, and the only thing we expose. It seems like good news is not news. It’s only bad news that is newsworthy and read-worthy. There is so much concentration and exposure of the wrongs that we have lost any consciousness of good. Do we know of anything good anymore?
Is it an innate hate and anger with everything? Is that what our Guyanese mentality is at its core? Is it our own disappointment with what we can and cannot do or achieve? Whether it is hate, anger or disappointment, that we feel, whether it is love, pride and joy – it is all of our making.
We must accept that the politicians are there by our doing. We put them there. We vote them in and grumble about them. BUT we must also accept that our state of livelihood is also our own doing.
This country’s economic and political immaturity is our own inaction. We pay bribes and spend money on substandard goods and make ourselves miserable.
Can we start to build this society and country by motivation, inspiration and love? Can we find one good thing to talk about each day of our life lest our life-time run out in punctuated negativity?
Non-violence but affirmative action must be our call. Non-cooperation with evil but glorification of good must be our style. But certainly we can beat negative with positive. Positive thoughts and affirmative action.
You see, friends, while we do the things we do, the grass is green, the sky is blue, the earth continues to spin and life goes on. The only one that loses time on the negatives would be us, those who spend time on it.
Time marches on. Tick tock tick tock.