As an aside, to all those people who, when I told them that the whole thing was bullshit asked me, “yeah well how do you explain the fact that reliable sources told me they saw desks floating in the classroom?” I say remember Bumba! Because I remember in the 90s when everybody knew from “reliable sources” that our calypsonian Bumba had died in a hospital in Canada (helpless, in pampers and other graphic, sordid details). I often wonder how traumatic it must have been for Bumba (who is alive and well up to today) when he came back to Barbados to discover he was dead!
I don’t know what I find more disturbing, the fact that we are clearly a research averse people who prefer ridiculous gossip over practical investigation, or the fact that we tend to focus on fuckery while real problems go unnoticed and unmanaged.
Because, Charlie Charlie aside, Barbados is full of demons… real real demons, and nobody seems particularly concerned about them.
We have all kinds of demons all over the damned place. We have the apathy demons that make some people sit back and expect the government to do everything for them. The demons that possessed people to pull strings and get jobs they are not qualified or prepared for. The demons that then took the attitude that “Xbody put me here so nobody can’t get the rid of me!” How come we aren’t warning our young people about them?
We have some kind of ant-social fucked up demon that likes dumping garbage in the gullies and allowing certain people to destroy the coral reef to build things. Blind demons who talk about sacrifice but don’t want to sacrifice pay or jobs or perks for the greater good. Blind demons that over the years allowed the country that invented rum to be reduced to importing second rate molasses to make “Bajan” rum instead of retooling the sugar industry to sugar Barbados and produce top shelf molasses for the highest end rum in the world (as we fucking invented it!!).
Demons of entitlement believe that a position of power means you take from a man in a wheelchair and then complain about persecution, or steal millions and be vexed with a man who complains that you got a slap on the wrist while people that t’ief sardines are in jail. And nobody is screaming “DEMONS!” and shutting down things to have prayer meetings for them???
What the fuck is really going on??? We’re freaking out about a demon that rattles a little furniture!!! Good grief!!!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not scoffing at the spirit world, I’m not saying that demons like Charlie Charlie don’t exist… They don’t exist, but that’s not what I’m saying.
I’m saying that we’re surrounded and possessed (all of us) by real demons, and nobody seems to be freaking out about that.
Because… I have never heard about parliament being shut down for prayer meetings… and parliament is over-run with demons!
I know what you’re thinking. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that politicians are demons…
I’m not. I don’t believe in witch hunts, mainly because I don’t believe in witches. What I believe in is broken systems. I believe that as long as there are no real consequences for shenanigans, shenanigans will happen, with impunity.
That being said I wondered during the budget what caused a discussion that should have been about solutions to significant economic problems to devolve into allegations and counter allegations about who had questionable dealings with who and who wasn’t really qualified to do what.*
I do believe that our politicians on both sides have a hell of a lot to answer for; but I am also aware that we don’t import them from some strange isle called Politicio. We breed them and rear them and imbue them with our values and then loose them on ourselves to do what we trained them to do because they are us, or sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, mothers, fathers and friends.
So no, politicians are not demons, but there are demons in parliament. If nothing else, what I learned from the Charlie Charlie experience is that you know demons are present when things levitate and people start acting weird.
And certainly taxes levitated and everybody started acting weird!
Nala (The $2 Philosopher)
* I am aware that some good came of it in as much as the public is now (properly) aware of Cahill and seems to be being proactive about it.