The country is in dire need of individuals who would
put principle above personality.
We need top quality, not just in the media, but in the
Parliament, in the business places, in the sporting organisations,
in the church.
This society is in dire need of repair and there should
be prompt action to accomplish this.
are experiencing one of the worst periods of governance
in this republic. The murder rate is rushing to 540, our
leaders seem powerless, many of our health institutions
need intensive care, the standard of journalism contributes
to a general depression with some talk show hosts displaying
a profound level of insensitivity.
These journalistic predators would sacrifice innocence,
but they would appreciate, applaud, and affirm wickedness.
Their aim is to discredit decent citizens so they could
catch the eyes of their bosses.
The country is in dire need of individuals who would put
principle above personality. We must do our best to empower
those who have a deep sense of loyalty and who are committed
to high standards. We should not encourage parasites to
attack patriotic people who have and share a vision for
a united, progressive and dynamic society.
We forget that honesty is still and will always be the best
policy. In spite of falling standards, and the move to legalise
destructive practices, in spite of the mega trends to pressure
those who wish to hold on to their integrity, leaders in
the community must display the courage and the professionalism
needed in this era.
We need to stand for the right, though the heavens fall.
We need top quality, not just in the media, but in the Parliament,
in the business places, in the sporting organisations, in
Last Tuesday, four citizens approached me. They thought
I was discouraged by particular people who work for 95.5
FM and who unleashed a fierce attack on me. The four citizens
believed that I would roll over and give up, lose my sanity,
and surrender to the beasts.
I believed I shocked them. I informed them that my parents
taught me how to handle constructive and destructive criticism.
I informed them that I preferred to live in a democratic
society, and that I appreciated freedom of speech and association.
I thanked them for their prayers and promised that I would
never allow the dangerous and the desperate to discourage
When you are under attack for what you believe, you have
to grow stronger and rely on your faith in God to pull you
through. You cannot allow the winds of strife to blow away
If you are convinced that God has called you, you are going
to walk through the storm and learn the lessonsthe
valuable lessons that you can only learn during a storm.
The Bible states that righteousness exalts a nation. The
leaders of a nation may not want righteousness, but you
must want righteousness.
Some journalists may not want righteousness, nightclub owners
may not want righteousness, but they must not be allowed
to set your agenda.
Marijuana planters and pushers cannot solve our problems.
Organisations that are locked in denial cannot solve our
problems. Pastors, priests and pundits who have become greedy
and materialistic cannot solve our problems. Politicians
who are corrupt and practise nepotism cannot solve our problems.
The churches must be institutions that display an enormous
degree of efficiency and concern for people. The urge to
obtain and preserve turf will always hurt religious institutions
which are supposed to be the salt of the earth.
That metaphor salt indicates that if the church
fulfils the mission and obeys the divine mandate, there
will be a difference in the society.
This is a plural nation. It is not a one-race,
one-religion, one-culture community.
Therefore, we should be wise enough to know that we live
or perish together. The millstones of racism, discrimination,
hatred, revenge, indiscipline and instability will cause
us to sink faster.
We must destroy the walls and build bridges.
We have to embrace the transcendent, understanding fully
that there are more things that should unite us than those
that can divide us. Respect for life can serve as the catalyst
for bridge-building activities.
When people of different religions met on December 10 at
the Emmanuel Community on Rosalino Street, then you knew
that there are more things that unite us than those that
This inter-faith committee met to discuss peer counselling,
abstinence, support groups for youth, family life education,
and the challenge of abortion.
Abortion is a monumental mountain and requires a united
approach to teach values such as purity, dignity and courage
so that young people will never embrace this as an acceptable
option. We have enough murders in our country, why do we
wish to kill the unborn?
The pain and the stress cannot be trivialised. Women experi-ence
pain and the men are also hurt. This society is in dire
need of repair and there should be prompt action to accomplish
That is why we must develop a vision, and share that vision
in an attempt to mobilise the entire nation.
Therefore, we must identify the talents of every group in
Let us practicalise the story. There are brilliant
people in every religionHindu, Muslim, Christian etc.
There are brilliant people in every partyPNM, COP,
UNC etc. There are brilliant people in every raceAfro-Trinidadian,
Indo-Trinidadian, Syrian, Chinese etc. There are brilliant
people in every professionteachers, doctors, engineers,
contractors, preachers, carpenters etc.
When we identify the talent, we have to train and empower
that talent. Then we have to utilise that talent.
As we utilise the talent, we must allow the new ambassadors
to craft a new vision for the society.
Part of that vision must be to unite the society, make it
drug-free rather than drug-infested, crime-free rather than
The vision should include rebuilding the family, paying
special attention to fathers.
What about a vision that says, Every home should be