Humanity Lost

As we look around our world today, it’s filled with so much pain, poverty and injustice.  We have an opportunity to make our planet proud, but instead we justify the destruction of lives:  human, animal, aquatic and vegetation in the name of greed (money), power and one commodity (oil).  Countries that have nuclear arsenals and clout including USA, UK and Canada have misused their power which greatly created hardship for less powerful countries.  Any country that has oil reserves becomes targets under the guise of creating a democratic society when in fact, their country will be left torn and marginalized because of the so-called freedom/liberation.

As we look around our world, instead of countries becoming more peaceful and progressive, they are becoming more marginalized and archaic.  Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana, Libya, Syria, Iraq, etc.  What do these countries all have in common?  They were liberated by the so called body of democracy – the ABC nations (America, Canada and UK) with the approval of the UN.   Justifiable, countries like Ethiopia, Congo, Sierra Leone, etc. needs liberation from the atrocities (starvation, malnutrition, child mutilation, poverty, Boko Haram, etc.) that takes place daily, yet nothing is being done to help them.  Their stories hardly make the international news.  Why, because there is nothing to gain financially for saving innocent lives.  The lives of African men, women and children are not worth saving because there is no financial gain…

Here in the USA, the Electoral College has elected Trump, a racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic, misogynistic, Putin-owning man-child as its next leader.  Our government turns a blind eye to the nepotism, conflict of interests and security threats that are hemorrhaging from Trump’s administration.  America, the giant among nations is gambling on a radical babbling buffoon as its leader of change. Really?

At the bottom of it all, what’s the cost of this and who stand to benefit the most?  These politicians are using human lives as bargaining chips, who will use theirs?  What’s also pathetic are the people that voted for Trump – we are walking, working and living alongside folks with racist, homophobic, sexist mentalities.

I’m beyond disgusted and sad.

2017 – New Year, New Attitude

It’s 2017, a new year to reflect and refocus.  As I grow older and wiser, I’ve become patient and impatient to BS.  I’m more aware but there’s a caveat with awareness as it brings wisdom along with sadness and pain.  Being aware, one sees things the regular minds don’t see – it’s a blessing and a curse.

January is one of my most dreadful months and this one has not disappoint thus far. I’m already off to a fast start defending myself against an egotistical manipulator and his minion, mourning with my very dear friend the loss of her father (sadly, January is also the month I lost my dear father 32 years ago) and dealing with another dear friend moving away starting a new chapter in her journey.  All things to make one want to ball up and retreat. But what don’t kill you only makes you stronger.  Not being one to retreat, I faced my adversities with courage, strength and steadfastness.  Change is our only constant, and for me to move forward and progress, I must be able to adapt to changes.  I have to dig deep and find the strength that has gotten me through the toughest of times and grab hold of it until I can stand tall again.  However, we must not allow ourselves to become victims of the same situation twice; we must use our lessons as teachers to move forward.  Use the disappointments as lessons to become wiser and stronger.  These tests were put there to strengthen me for the year ahead and I will use them to do just that.  2017, here I come – I am fearless, strong and ready.

Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy and progressive 2017.  Find your inner strength to move yourself forward when faced with adversities.  Blessings!

Until that day… Me Say War ~ Bob Marley

“War”

Until the philosophy which hold one race superior
And another
Inferior
Is finally
And permanently
Discredited
And abandoned –
Everywhere is war –
Me say war.

That until there no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man’s skin
Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes –
Me say war.

That until the basic human rights
Are equally guaranteed to all,
Without regard to race –
Dis a war.

That until that day
The dream of lasting peace,
World citizenship
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,
But never attained –
Now everywhere is war – war…

Midlife Crisis

To my fellow Gen X – the realization of 40(+) and the very important question that followed, “what the F am I doing with my life???”  In my situation, it’s a case of midlife crisis – I think… Either way, it’s daunting, overwhelming and downright depressing to be at the midpoint of one’s life’s cycle – assuming I live to be 80 of course.  Where did the years south of 40 went???  The last 20 was a blur with school, marriage, child, etc.  So what to do??  Change mates?  Find a new hobby?  Take up painting or pottery?  Start a new career?  Got back to school?

So what to do?

Well, the simplest and most meaningful thing to do is the start looking at life with a different set of lenses.  Forget about what pains you and focus on what made you and will make you happy.  Value the people who love you.  Stop dwelling on the negatives and focus on the positives… Keep moving forward but remember lessons learned.  Forgive but don’t forget.   Don’t hold grudges, it ages you.  Appreciate what you have and not what you don’t have.  Be kind.  Be gentle.  Be loving.  Be appreciative.  Smile.  If you’re of legal age and responsible, have massive amount of sex.  Love yourself.  Be courteous and polite. JUST TRY TO BE HAPPY.  Funnily, the more you try to do these things you will encounter assholes who will mess up your flow but all the more important to push on. Life’s happiness is controlled by our attitude – a simple tweak can bring about a momentous change.

My midlife crisis self is going to be happy if it kills me.  I hope you do too…

Cheers!

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Guyana – Post Election

Crime/Depression:

As we open the daily newspapers, we are daunted with the numerous murders, robberies and other depressing stories reminding us of the wretched state of affairs in Guyana.  Seem like progress has taken a few steps back…  What I found even more appalling is with all the executions, the president has yet to make any announcement or speech decrying these actions… I thought for a second he was back in Brooklyn hiding but inewsguyana.com published a story about his visit yesterday to ExxonMobile rig giving them assurance of their investment – reminding them that they have NOTHING to fear about the impending Venezuela conflict.  What about the gun violence victims of Guyana – don’t their families or the little boy nursing gunshot wounds at the GPHC deserve a visit too?  In just a few short weeks, the situation under this leadership has taken many steps backwards…  Many promises are broken including house lot allocations, drainage problems, Chinese investors, etc.  The APNU/AFC sole purpose was to secure oil for the U.S.A. and to give them access to Venezuela’s borders.  Not for the betterment of Guyana’s citizens.

Venezuela Impending Conflict:

We have a new government with a QUESTIONALBE election process.  Not more than a month after the APNU/AFC took office, oil discovery was announced…  The ABC (America, Britain & Canada) countries were heavily involved in the recent election process more so than the previous ones and were NON-EXISTANT prior to 1985.  The U.S. has a long rival with Venezuela and always wanted access to Guyana’s borders, but was refused by the previous administration.  One of the positives of the PPP was that they were not “in bed” with the American government like the current administration.  From the onset of Guyana’s independence, the ABC countries backed the PNC regime because they can manipulation its government.  Again, here they are and this time Guyana is at risk of an impending conflict with Venezuela.  With the discovery of oil, many suitors have lined up with the U.S. first in line…  The U.S. goes after countries where there is oil or other benefits.  Why is ABC in Sudan, Sierra Leone, Congo, etc.?  Because there are no benefits…  Guyana does not have the means/fire power/intelligence necessary to defend its land against Venezuela, but will no doubt get support from the ABC countries.  The big question is, at what price to our land and our people?  Look at Syria and Iraq – are those countries/citizens better off because of the invasion?  NO!   The chaos, suffering and turmoil that were left behind after American/Europe invasion are irreparable.  The Bush administration sold out America for financial gain to benefit Halliburton and others – one can only cringe at the thought of what they will do to Guyana where there is no personal vested interest…

Social Responsibility:

This isn’t a bias blog – understand that I believe Guyana needed a change from the PPP administration but NOT by the APNU/APC.  I do NOT trust an old army brigadier who happily served under a repressive regime to bring about change.  Time will tell and I am willing to eat crow if I’m wrong.  To those that are celebrating because one of “your” kind was elected, keep in mind that Granger wouldn’t have been elected because of “your” votes only… After all, “your” kind makes up less than 40% of Guyana’s population and APNU/AFC allegedly secured 51%… This isn’t “your” time and it’s not a free ticket become villains or victimize other races.  When in another country, we identify ourselves as Guyanese regardless of race, color and religion and the same mentality should be applied at home.  Brotherly love – One Love!

We need young progressive minds/mentalities to lead Guyana out of the dark, repressive and racist past.  No Granger, Nagamootoo, Bharat, Ramotar, Khan, etc.  Hopefully, in the next election, the new faces of Guyana will be given a chance.  Until then, I will be watching and commenting – got to love free speech.

Guyana Election – My Opinion…

To Guyana and my fellow Guyanese – if you’re like me, you’re closely and cautiously monitoring the upcoming election.  Not so long ago, Guyana was under a communist rule – freedoms were suppressed and those that bravely fought for freedom paid with their lives.  I grew up under communist rule; I remember vividly the racial divide and the suppression of Indo Guyanese.  I witnessed firsthand the suffering and lack of our ethnic foods.  Only the politically connected or who’s who enjoyed imported foods such as cheese, flour, split pea, etc. while the same was illegal/forbidden to the general population.  The tactics were directed towards the suppression of Indo Guyanese – the majority of Guyana’s population.  Yes, it wasn’t too long ago that under the watchful eye of Britain and the USA, alliance was given to Forbes Burnham because they feared Cheddi Jagan was a communist.  The two world leaders did not want Guyana then under British rule to be governed by a communist.  So support was given the London educated economics lawyer, Forbes Burnham.  Ironically, upon his election, he veered and aligned Guyana with communist countries such as Cuba and the Soviet Union.  Guyana was subjected to autarky (you consumed what you produced) and communist leadership until his death in 1985.  I referenced Burhnam’s legacy because it is important to know that Forbes Burnham and Cheddi Jagan were both founders of the PPP (Jagan its leader and Burnham its chairman)…It is also important to note that David A. Granger was a commander in the GDF beginning in 1979 – a long tenure and partnership with Burnham and the PNC…

The resentment and distrust is still fresh and bitter for many Indo Guyanese and no one wants to repeat history.  Though progress was made, the country hit a stalemate after the last election with the shared government – no party wanted to work together for the betterment of the country.  With this type of negotiating tactic, progress stalled, Guyana suffered and most importantly, my fellow people suffered.  The current government has many faults, but it’s hard pressed to believe the unvetted promises of the opposition party.  We have rulers current and opposing with very little academic credentials.  I do not believe either party has the credentials and prowess to be rulers.  Each side is “power hungry”.  Granger has NO credentials to lead – being an army veteran does not qualify.  While Nagamootoo was a long standing PPP member, his change of alliance feeds thirst for political power.  Ramotar isn’t qualified either but which of the two is the lesser of the two evils: Granger or Ramator?  Jagdeo could have done a lot better if he didn’t sell out the logging and telecom industries among others.  The shortsightedness that allows foreigners to rape Guyana destroying natural habitat is an abomination: Omai, Bai Shan Lin, etc.  As we move forward as a nation, I believe in a shared government.  If these too foolish parties cannot work together to move Guyana forward and put their own personal needs or vendetta behind, both should be disposed of and fresh minds should be elected.  Until then, I hope NO party wins outright; thus, forcing a SHARED government.  Also very important, I hope my fellow Guyanese accept the outcome of the election and don’t feed the stereotype of looting and menacing.  Let’s show the world that though we are a “third world” country, we do not possess a third world mentality.  Together we stand; divided we fall.  One Love!