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VISION AND MOBILISATION

  • 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.

We 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 the church.

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 me.

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 your values.

If you are convinced that God has called you, you are going to walk through the storm and learn the lessons—the 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 divide us.

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 this.

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 the society.

Let us “practicalise” the story. There are brilliant people in every religion—Hindu, Muslim, Christian etc.

There are brilliant people in every party—PNM, COP, UNC etc. There are brilliant people in every race—Afro-Trinidadian, Indo-Trinidadian, Syrian, Chinese etc. There are brilliant people in every profession—teachers, 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 crime-infested.

The vision should include rebuilding the family, paying special attention to fathers.

What about a vision that says, “Every home should be a sanctuary?”

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