Our island is our home. When an illness occurs in our home what do we do?
Take care of the ill. Keep them comfy, well fed, feeling loved, put up with their grumpiness, try to make them laugh and stay positive, hover around willing to help, and generally keep things going as normally as possible until they are better.
There is much to say for consistency, or rather, constancy, when someone is ill. And depending on their temperament when ill, probably a lot to say against it.
Yet consistency/constancy not routine, is what helps the ill maintain an even keel and hope for the day when they will no longer be ill.
If the illness is threatening everyone in the home (whether they actually get it) what do we do? Get on with life. Be consistent.
We take care of the ill, and we get on with life. We adhere to the rule of consistency/constancy. For our sake as much as theirs. We remain constant in our affection.
So Covid-19 has occurred. Do we act scared or show fear? We do not. Latterly, the Delta variant looms as people are getting vaccinated and being urged to do so. What happens? The uptake in vaccines is not as rapid as the Government wishes therefore they are seen to make a determined case for mandatory vaccination. This is new. This is inconsistent. This is not constant to our perception of ourselves as independent people. We do not want to be like “dumb driven cattle” allowing the thin wedge of emotion that may uproot our stability. However, we must take time. Time to reflect and consider the forces driving us and our love of independence to a goal of their own design, which is more political than we may note. To make a bigger issue of a small mandate, with such ferocity and vigour seems to be a case of “there is more in the mortar than the pestle.”
Some Barbadians have baulked and determined no, I will not be bullied by this submission to fear, into accepting a dictatorial type of order, notwithstanding the possible fall-out of my disobedience. Let us reason, together, and agree some workable alternative. Surely, there is time…. to “be a hero in the strife” and to put Barbados first.
So they marched. Peacefully. But I dare say some may have not wished it so. Among the crowd of marchers there were those who were chanting ” Mia must go” with detectable fervour, and I dare say purpose.
But what has that got to do with the pros or cons of the vaccines and that of making them mandatory?
Should even the WHO make a directive requiring governments to enforce such measures, if this is within their powers, would they find they may have “bitten off more than they can chew” and caused a world class uprising? Who are these people who would, for example, cause physical harm to the PM of St.Vincent and the Grenadines, all the while saying they are afraid of what will happen to their human rights, should some vaccine become mandatory?
Change is in the air. How long it will stay there depends on the political will of countries. If governments can allow for their will to be superseded by their countries will in some matters such as this much chaos might be averted, and the change become a relatively easy more harmless one.
The idea of benevolence in a dictator is drawn from the ability of the dictator to do what is necessary and right, and moreover to adhere to the cumulative will of the people. It does not harm the position of the dictator, especially if perchance in so doing he/she is found to have been right all along; and should it turn out that the people were right, then the dictator’s position is surely enhanced.
Therefore, if as some in Barbados have posited, Prime Minister Mottley is tentatively walking the path of a benevolent dictator in this, it would be in her interest to “cool it”, chill a bit, and let the winds blow. To acceed to the will of the people, or to give the vocal majority their say is not to bow down. It is a way to stem the tide while you address the issues and check your baulwarks.
The 2000 marchers were possibly the front guard, proving the line, getting a feel of the wider environs of the sea they have chosen to disturb. The tide may yet turn, in due course.
I sincerely pray that Mia Amor Mottley serves out her allotted time as Prime Minister of Barbados, and that she and her government prove worthy of people’s trust. I pray that they be given sight and vision to identify and deal with Barbados’ problem areas and persons or groups. I pray too, that she and they will govern with a steady hand and a pure heart.
These are not times of our making; though it may appear so.
Beware the snake within. May it bite and kill it’s own.