Mankind was created in the image and likeness of God, so says the Hebrew-Christian Holy Scriptures. Nevertheless, with the “free will” that was granted to us, we were able to develop the following virtues that are needed to triumph in this so-called democracy with its neoliberal capitalist system. These are: egoism, arrogance, selfishness, anger, intolerance, greed, lust, conceit, cheating, lying, gossiping, etc. Can mankind control such behaviours? I doubt so, because it would not be in their personal best interest, nor that of an organized group whose objective is to achieve conditional power.
This takes me to the achievement of self-government in 1964. It wouldn’t have taken place if the leaders at the time did not accept the entire package in secrecy. Mind you, they will say the contrary, but they were not blindfolded when they were introduced into the matter. It was an old issue that was in the cooking ever since the Monroe Doctrine. However, even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation in Belize was already deplorable, with a high percentage of unemployment and 46% of people living in poverty.
This leads us to the question: how can poverty be reduced during a nation’s economic crisis? Whenever the head of a nation informs its people that the country has no money not even to feed those in hunger, but can finance diplomas and the establishment of programs, what taste does it produce in the mouths of the unfortunate ones, thousands of which are descendants of an enslaved people who were freed without being compensated and kept in a swampy place, which for the last three decades the transnational capitalist predator has frothed at the snout to convert into a tourist destination? This is the result of the history of the Baymen’s Clan and their supporters. The citizens of Belize ask for changes. Let it be seen.
January 29, 2021