Plant the corn then raid the barn

// May 23rd, 2013 // Life

Before you start, this post is pretty fragmented and sometimes disparate. I may re-word it in a follow up post, if you choose to continue, please comment after.

Anthony B said it best in his song “Raid the Barn”. Sometimes I really think we need a genre for conscious music, Reggae swallows this whole in Jamaica.

Today is Labour Day in Jamaica, labour day is supposed to showcase the importance of labour to the development of Jamaica. Most will probably just treat it as a holiday, citing that they work hard each day & need a break. That’s the worrying part, what is it we are all working to achieve?

How many times have you heard the story, “pay attention in school, work hard, save money and you will be OK in life”? It is false.

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Much in the same way we grew up watching cartoons, movies & other media painting buy levitra cod jelly this fairy tale way of life that will never exist. Think about it, who told you these things? Parents who had regret about where they were in life and creatives who wanted to paint a fantasy land to get lost in. Alternatively you have Universities and Banking Institutions which are foundations of society that don’t have adaptive products for a rapidly changing world. In business, if you fail to adapt, you fail; but universities are subsidised and are mass marketed, they will not fail, just fail to achieve. Anyway, getting off point. My generation will be the first generation to grow up hearing all of our lives that Jamaica has gone too far downhill. Forget that along with the other things I mentioned before. Now consider something else.

As you fete, sleep at home or relax in some way this labour day (Kudos to the few who will actually do work), consider what you can do to contribute each day. Yeah yeah, I know the whole “Jamaica not doing anything for me speech”. What have you done for Jamaica for it to do something for you? Jamaica is not a person, it’s not a government, it owes no favours. Jamaica was built on a system that failed and then failed to adapt.

“Who you ago blame it pon when it is a next man you a depend pon?”

Fine, migrate, ohhh wait, does overseas living seem harder? Because it is. In developed countries you have to work to make it, except their governing systems are developed, over hundreds of years, to benefit contributors. So back to Jamaica, do you make an effort day to day? We are depending on foreign debt to support a failing system. The failing system is not government, the government is elected by the people and is a reflection of their wishes. *insert random oh snap*. Yes there are some making massive contributions to improve Jamaica, but what is our motto? “Out of Many One People” can also apply to the fact that we need to work together, in unison. Did we all forget the pledge we made countless times as kids?:


Before God and all mankind, I pledge the love and loyalty of my heart, the wisdom and courage of my mind, the strength and vigour of my body in the service of my fellow citizens; I promise to stand up for Justice, Brotherhood and Peace, to work diligently and creatively, to think generously and honestly, so that Jamaica may, under God, increase in beauty, fellowship and prosperity, and play her part in advancing the welfare of the whole human race.

How many of our problems do you think we would solve if we each followed that pledge?

So yeah, about the fact that Jamaica isn’t doing anything for “us”. As a people we have to help ourselves, stop waiting for bailouts, handouts, leniency, sympathy. We aren’t getting any. We all have power to change and do what is morally right, we also have the following:

  • Economic power – Control what we spend our money on
  • Political power – We each have a vote and a right to be represented
  • Intellectual power – to use our mind for innovation and productivity (currently commonly used for corruption)
  • National Pride

I tweeted this morning about bad crops, we reap what we sow and we have been sowing weeds. Our crop is not our people, we are farmers of our land. Our crop is what we have invested in, including our thoughts. We need a paradigm shift of productivity, we need to dig out the weeds instead of just cutting them. We also need to work together and not just have a few work and then we all fight over the little that grows.

Really and truly I could go on and on, maybe I should have done a video instead, but my point is:

Before complaining about Jamaica, think what have you done for Jamaica lately? Then think what you can do for Jamaica every day. Go out and be a Jamaican, the Jamaican you pledged to be.

Spread the message. Thanks.

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