We Need Heroes!

The following was written by Leslie Lett, a teacher and posted to Facebook – shared by Barbados Underground

We need Heroes! They are as essential to our Living as the air, water, food, shelter. Heroes establish and articulate our preferred moral worldview. And validate it.

Their Orientation, their Spirit, their Lives are to be presented as qualities to be emulated. They are our role models. They are to inspire us. And, I believe, most important of all, they are to PREPARE us. Their sufferings are to steel us for the reality that our own heroic impulses and behaviours will inevitably bring down upon us the same crosses and crucifixions that were their lots.

Because heroes always resist and defy the status quo entrenched by Power & Authority. That is the quintessence of the Hero.

And the response of this Power & Authority is always possessed of the singular intent of crushing such defiance and resistance. It’s an existential battle.

So even as Power & Authority huffs and puffs grandiloquently, reciting the carefully rehearsed syllables praising past heroes, the same Power & Authority would wish to downplay (if not distort!) this aspect of Defiance and Resistance. It becomes obvious that we love heroes – when they are dead and gone! More often than not, when they are very much alive and with us and asserting their heroic qualities, they are – by Power & Authority – maliciously mocked and viciously vilified as noisy troublemakers, running about making nuisances of themselves. Most of them have even been branded in their own life-time as “treacherous”, “unpatriotic”, “instigators of disruption and civil strife” and “enemies of the state/people”, “unreasonable” rabble-rousers, unconscionable mercenaries committing misconduct of a serious nature…irritants and recalcitrants who need their heads cracked and tails shooting.

These are the crowns of thorns inflicted on heroes. Thorns not Laurels.

But heroes CHOOSE to do no different IN SPITE OF all this.

They forward on with the firm and unshakable conviction that they struggle for a Just Cause so much bigger than their individual selves – a Public Good that transcends private concerns.

And that is the message our Heroes proclaim to each and every one of us.

It’s not just about you!!!

Take a strength, take a courage from the ones we revere as our Heroes.

I wish all my teaching colleagues a truly reflective National Heroes Day.

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68 Comments on “We Need Heroes!”

  1. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger April 28, 2017 at 2:42 PM #

    Good luck finding them, all ya will find are self-serving, uncaring beasts in human form.

    Case in point.

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/04/28/at-long-last/

    Along with the many other clàimànþs uffering from injuries and are yet to be compensated because of corrupt government ministers, corruptt lawyers, corrupt insurance companies and an equally corrupt court system.

    What heros what…..where.

    It is about time all injured people expose the insurance companies as soon as their cases are finished…and they still refuse to pay compensation.

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  2. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger April 28, 2017 at 2:43 PM #

    ….Along with the many other clàimànts suffering from injuries and are yet to be compensated because of corrupt government ministers, corrupt lawyers, corrupt insurance companies and an equally corrupt court system…..

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  3. Pachamama April 28, 2017 at 3:20 PM #

    No!

    Only fools need heroes.

    That world is dead and gone.

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  4. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger April 28, 2017 at 3:41 PM #

    Yeah Pacha, I don’t know what they need heros for, they need strong leaders who may be remembered as good people……the same stinking rats Barrow ran from BLP to get away from in the 1950s are the same stinking swamp rats now infesting the party DLP he helped create……with several distinct differences, 50 years later these ministers are nastier, greedier, morè corrupt and would sell out the poor fifty times faster.

    One thing Barrow said back then still holds true today, the stinking ministers/politicians still dont care abut the poor they use them as a means to an end, that’s the only way for the pothounds to be elected and elevated…by using the poor.

    “In 1955, Barrow made one of his more important statements in the House of Assembly, he said,

    “I am going to make a serious statement now and because I regard this (unemployment) as the most pressing problem facing this island at present, and in view of the fact that I am completely dissatisfied not only with the Honourable Minister of Labour, but with the whole attitude of ministers of the Government and their complete disregard of the suffering of the people and of the party. Because of that, I no longer want to be associated with them politically or otherwise ….”

    The feelings associated with this statement led Barrow, who had a desire to create a new political force, along with others, to form The Democratic Labour Party in 1955.

    In the 1956 election Barrow was not re-elected, he however returned to Parliament in 1958 after successfully contesting a by-election in the Parish of St. John.”

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  5. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger April 28, 2017 at 3:47 PM #

    Can you imagine that Pacha….Barrow said that about black politicians in 1955….62 years ago, yet it still holds true today, but it’s even worse now in both political parties, they both need to be disbanded.

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  6. David April 28, 2017 at 3:53 PM #

    @Pacha

    You are saying Black people everywhere should not see the Martin Luther Kings, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandelas and many others who were pioneers as humans of excellence in their spheres of influence as role models?

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  7. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger April 28, 2017 at 4:18 PM #

    Ah really thought the author of the article meant Barbados, but never mind, because of this particular evil created by UK, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, France and other demons….it gave rise to the heroes of the Caribbean, US in those times…….now that UK sees itself going broke, it things everyone will jump on the bandwagon for their version of Empire 2.0….those stupid enough to fall fir it, will see themselves so victimized, they will have to give rise to a new batch of heroes to suit the times.

    http://bit.ly/2oQTUCy

    The only real heroes to ever emerge are those who would prevent this from happening again, but I would not hold my breath with the current weak ass politicians now infesting the islands….with their Mercedes mentality, all the beasts from UK gotta do, is give each of the ministers, politicians a mercedes and the people are sold, lock, stock and barrel….it will be Empire 2.0 all over again…..what heroes what.

    “Britain Has Never Faced Up to the Shame of Empire
    OR
    OSCAR RICKETT
    Apr 27 2017, 6:00pm

    Nearly half of Brits think they should be proud of their colonial heritage.
    An 1897 map of the British colonies.

    Ministers have had a tough time working out who Britain’s new trading partners will be after it leaves the EU. At one point it was reported that the British government was hoping to reach out to countries that were once part of the British Empire. The idea is that, now the blood has dried and the dust from the cannonballs settled, the nations of the Commonwealth will be only too happy to jump into a vigorous new age of trade with their former colonial master. Some civil servants doubted this, dubbing the government’s plans “Empire 2.0”.

    On the same morning these plans for a colonialism reboot were announced, I spoke to Shashi Tharoor, an Indian MP and the author of a new book, Inglorious Empire. The book details the enormous economic damage done to India by the Empire, takes apart the hypocritical notion that some of what the British did in India was for “the good of India”, and calls for an end to the monumental ignorance surrounding the subject.

    Tharoor laughs when I ask him about Empire 2.0: “Well, Empire 1.0 was a bad idea, to put it mildly. Why would you want a second version?” And yet, to listen to several leading members of the British government and to the fantasies of Britain’s great importance conjured up during the Brexit campaign, a second version of the empire is exactly what a lot of people want.

    It’s understandable, in a way. Once upon a time, the sun never set on the lands Britain controlled. Those nostalgic for empire still dream of having the union flag ironed by a Nigerian servant, or getting an Indian boy to make them a nice, cool G&T.

    It all seems so much more appealing than the decline and desperation we face now. Never mind that approximately 35 million Indians died because of famines caused by British misrule, or that Winston Churchill blamed one of these famines on the “beastly” Indians for “breeding like rabbits”. Never mind that 5.5 million Africans were taken into slavery and the concentration camp was invented by the British Empire.

    These imperial crimes – and many more – are either not known or glossed over, lost in the tide of colonial nostalgia and the fog of ignorance. During the EU Referendum campaign, the idea of “sovereignty” came to simply mean “making Britain great again”, or, in the words of the Brexit camp, “taking back control”. The Conservatives’ “strong and stable” election mantra has an imperial ring, too, the conjuring up of something old, something dominant, something seaworthy

    This longing for a return to greatness, combined with a lack of shame, was expressed in characteristic fashion by Boris Johnson when he said that the continent of Africa “may be a blot, but it is not a blot upon our conscience. The problem is not that we were once in charge, but that we are not in charge any more”. In September of 2015, David Cameron told the Jamaican parliament that it needed to “move on from the painful legacy of slavery”, before announcing his government’s plan to build a £25 million prison on the island.

    Sentiments like Johnson’s were repeated again and again. “Now that’s what I call winning!!! Well done Team GB & all our Commonwealth friends, now for Trade agreements,” tweeted Conservative MP Heather Wheeler at the end of the Olympics, along with the slogan, “Empire goes for gold”.

    In the mind of Heather Wheeler, a sitting MP, it’s as if, across Britain’s former colonies, bright-faced sports fans were punching the air, shouting, “For Queen and country!”

    Much of the public are with her. In January of 2016, a YouGov poll found that 44 percent of Britons (and 57 percent of Conservatives) thought their country’s “history of colonialism” was something to be proud of, and 43 percent thought the British Empire was a “good thing”.

    “The polls didn’t surprise me”, says Paul Gilroy, author of a number of landmark books on race and empire, “because we’re dealing with a politics of almost total ignorance in these matters.”

    While ignorance is often blamed on individuals, in a sort of, “Just read a book, you dumb bastard” kind of way, Gilroy talks about a manufacturing of ignorance that keeps the people of this country from learning about Britain’s imperial past. Schools teach Tudors and Nazis. The man on the street shouts about “One World Cup and two World Wars.” We remember the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, as we should, but we are not taught about the British concentration camps of the Boer War, nearly 50 years before.

    Nor are we taught about the massacres, the famines, the slave ships and the prisons, or that the Empire was a system of wealth extraction in which the lives of millions of people were disregarded in favour of the greed of the British nation and those who served it. That millions of Africans were forcibly taken to the Caribbean colonies by British slave traders, that the wealth they extracted came at a horrific cost and that while that wealth continues to flow through British society today, its extraction is still keenly felt in the islands of the West Indies. Or that, when it was all done and the British were erratically carving up their empire into new nations, imperial officials attempted to obliterate the truth of what had happened during empire through the systematic destruction and burning of official documents. In Delhi, this destruction went on for so long that the smoke from the fires hung above the Indian capital.

    When a conversation about the British Empire does happen, it is so often defensive or triumphalist. Niall Ferguson, a man who wrote a book called Civilization: The Six Killer Apps of Western Power – yes, he means “apps”, like on a phone – has sold more books on empire than any other recent British author. He is, as Shashi Tharoor puts it, a “booster for empire”. His sophisticated flag-waving comforts readers who don’t seem to be able to handle the idea that the country they are from is not 100 percent awesome.

    “Guilt is useless, counterproductive and usually just a source of resentment. Shame, on the other hand, can turn people towards the possibilities of redress and reparation.”

    This guilt is paralysing. Paul Gilroy points out that Freud associates guilt with melancholia, which the psychoanalyst described as a shameless condition, one that relates to the passing of something that cannot be fully understood and thus does not lead to positive change. Melancholia is related to mourning – the loss of empire is painful but it cannot be processed because, as Gilroy says, “Britain might learn too many uncomfortable truths about its history if it was known and considered”.

    Shame, for Gilroy, is far preferable to guilt because it can be catalysing – a stimulus to action. “Guilt is useless, counterproductive and usually just a source of resentment,” he tells me. “Shame, on the other hand, is an appropriate response that can turn people towards the possibilities of redress and reparation.”

    In Warsaw, in 1970, then German chancellor Willy Brandt joined a commemoration to the Jewish victims of the Warsaw Ghetto, dropping to his knees in an act of humility and penance. As a socialist, Brandt had been an enemy of Nazi Germany and had been imprisoned for his political activity. He bore no personal responsibility for that government’s crimes, but he recognised that as his country’s leading representative, he could do something, and that, as he wrote in his autobiography, he was, “Carrying the burden of the millions who were murdered.”

    Such a response in Britain seems unlikely to happen, partly because many Brits do not know about – or refuse to accept – the darkness of empire. Last year, Conservative MP Liam Fox tweeted that Britain “is one of the few countries in the European Union that does not need to bury its 20th century history”. Post-Brexit, Fox is now a cabinet minister, in charge of international trade – hardly the place you want an empire booster.

    This gung-ho attitude to empire has spread much further than the corridors of power. Its legacy is still all around us.

    In September of last year, a drinks consortium planned to open a “high-end rum bar” called Plantation. It wasn’t until Black Activists Against Cuts stepped in and pointed out that plantations were “places where people suffered and died, where Africans suffered unimaginable violence and terror at the hands of their slave masters” that it was renamed Burlock.

    There is already a Plantation Bar and Grill, though. It sells “unbelievable American soul food” and features “distressed wood”. It has a “Philosophy” section on its website. It’s in Wigan.

    In another fitting piece of colonial nostalgia, the East India Company rides again as a seller of “exquisite loose teas and rich coffees; artisan sweet and savoury biscuits; a luxurious chocolate range; vintage and exotic jams, marmalades and mustards…” Their website is foggy about the mass slavery needed for the company to function during the colonial era, or the devastating famines it created by exporting crops rather than feeding people.

    “A common complaint from students is, ‘Why do we never learn about black history?’ And I have to tell them that there isn’t much of an option to teach this on the curriculum.”

    In 1948, the British Nationality Act established the principle of “Civis Britannicus Sum”: that anyone born in the empire had the rights of British citizenship. As a result, former subjects of the British Empire came to the motherland as supposedly equal citizens. In response to the racism faced by Britain’s former colonial subjects, the phrase “We are here because you were there” became a striking anti-racist slogan.

    This remains largely untaught in most British schools – something history teachers across the country discuss. “In my view, there is a woeful lack of engagement on this topic across the curriculum in British schools, considering its importance to both British and world history,” says William Bowles, head of History at St Mary Magdalene Academy in north London. “A common complaint from students is, ‘Why do we never learn about black history?’ And I have to tell them that there isn’t much of an option to teach this on the curriculum.”

    To challenge this lack of public education, Jeremy Corbyn has said that the British Empire should be taught in schools, and various alternative groups are setting out to raise the public’s awareness of Britain’s colonial legacy. Organiser Elsie Bryant tells me that her project, “British Empire State of Mind”, will take a nuanced approach and “help provide some context for what’s going on in the world today, in terms of global inequality, poverty and how Britain helped create the conditions that caused and continue to perpetuate it now”.

    Projects like these are important, not just for the history lesson, but as a tool to understand Britain’s current economic and political situation. Post-colonial British governments have shown a fondness for playing the white saviour in countries which need to be “saved”, offering “aid” and “development”. But it’s not an accident that Britain is wealthy compared to its former colonies. The trade, natural resources and labour that could be gleaned from Britain’s colonies turned it into a rich nation. At the beginning of the 18th century, India’s share of the world economy was 23 percent. By the time the British left, it was a little over 3 percent. The money taxed, looted and traded out of India was used to fund the industrial revolution and the transformation of Britain into the world’s pre-eminent imperial power.

    Some of the ill-gotten gains of empire even came from a massive compensation package – £16 to £17 billion in today’s money, or 40 percent of all government expenditure in 1834 – paid, after the abolition of slavery, to slave owners (slaves were given nothing). As UCL’s Legacies of British Slave-ownership project discovered, around 46,000 individual claims and awards were made to those who “either owned slaves or benefitted indirectly from ownership”.

    Despite the vast effect the empire has had on our lives “we’ve never”, as Paul Gilroy points out, “developed a way of talking about the imperial past and its crimes that allows us to see it for what it is”. If we can’t escape fantasies of empire, if we can’t learn about what really happened in the name of the British crown, we will never be able to imagine a new identity for our country, an identity that can speak more fully to the multicultural nation we have become. Our current trajectory, careering away from Europe with some puffed-up idea about our own importance, is undoubtedly a result of this failure of education, to face up to our crimes and demonstrate humility.”

    @oscarrickettnow

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  8. Vincent Haynes April 28, 2017 at 4:20 PM #

    We do not need heroes,the same way we do not need religion,we humans have to learn to depend on ourselves for direction in life by observing the world around us and the actions of our fellow humans.

    The person who put their hand in the fire first and felt pain with a loss of flesh is not a hero or a role model but a person that you have learnt a valuable lesson from.

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  9. David April 28, 2017 at 4:28 PM #

    @Vincent

    Nonsense!

    In our businesses we implement best practices/models so too in our lifes we study and incorporate the habits and practices of highly effective people who have impressed us with the highest ethical and moral behaviour. It does not mean we have relinquished any ambition to be leaders of our space just that as humans we gregariously share and learn from each other. Especially the young and impressionable as well as the not so confident and well rounded adult.

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  10. CUP Violet Beckles Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZ April 28, 2017 at 4:36 PM #

    Hero’s can be found at a deli ,
    Barbados and Bajans need a fix to the crooks, liars and scumbags

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  11. Vincent Haynes April 28, 2017 at 4:41 PM #

    David April 28, 2017 at 4:28 PM #

    You did not say anything different in your post than I did,except for waxing warm on…… highest ethical and moral behaviour…….which is subjective….so whats the beef?

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  12. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger April 28, 2017 at 4:48 PM #

    Shameful isnt it that black governments in the Caribbean, particularly Barbados, still condone and enable the british and others in their evil against black people.

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  13. David April 28, 2017 at 4:52 PM #

    @Vincent

    Do you uphold standards read high moral and ethical behaviour in your household?

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  14. Vincent Haynes April 28, 2017 at 4:58 PM #

    David

    ….high moral and ethical behaviour……

    No such general animal exists……each society sets its own code of behaviour and in Bim its known as laws which can be found in our constitution.

    We are not in prison so an argument could be made that we obey them.

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  15. David April 28, 2017 at 5:01 PM #

    You are referring to legal behaviour.

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  16. Bush Tea April 28, 2017 at 5:13 PM #

    @ David
    Vincent knows not that he knows not….

    The whole concept of continual human social development is built on the foundation of inter-generational growth and continuous improvement.

    ‘Heroes’ exemplify the best of past generations, and set the standards for future endeavour. The ongoing creation of ‘heroes’ is the very genesis of human development.

    Vincent’s simplistic short-sighted stance is rooted in ignorance of what life is REALLY about.

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  17. angela Skeete April 28, 2017 at 5:51 PM #

    vincent

    We do not need heroes,the same way we do not need religion,we humans have to learn to depend on ourselves for direction in life by observing the world around us and the actions of our fellow humans.

    Chuckle berry Finn do you understand what poop you have just written, i am certain that those heroes who fought in World Wars for yours and my freedoms must be standing up in their graves and shouting what de f,,ck

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  18. Hants April 28, 2017 at 5:59 PM #

    @ Bushie who wrote ” The whole concept of continual human social development is built on the foundation of inter-generational growth and continuous improvement.”

    Absolutely correct.

    Imagine if government adopted a policy of ” continuous improvement “.

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  19. Hants April 28, 2017 at 6:08 PM #

    I went to primary and secondary schools in Barbados 1956 to 1968.

    There were enough teachers with good morals exhibiting ethical behavior for us youngsters to emulate.

    A lot has changed over the years as the society has degenerating to a wuk an skin out culture.

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  20. Pachamama April 28, 2017 at 6:39 PM #

    ”’You are saying Black people everywhere should not see the Martin Luther Kings, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandelas and many others who were pioneers as humans of excellence in their spheres of influence as role models?””’

    No!

    What we are saying is that narratives of these people are used for propaganda purposes to mislead the many, deny their true works, elevates myths to keep us in check.

    What we are saying that all of us could see ourselves as hero, heroines, not sitting around waiting for somebody to say us.

    This narrow-minded, classist, BS as recently institutionalized by Beckles is merely a distraction, a head fake, aimed to depress the real needs of the people and to give respectability to our open enemies.

    Give us a false hope.

    You talk about ‘change’. Well there will be none in Barbados until the Bajan people start to disrespect the elites as much as the Russians did to their former communist government. As much as the American people are now doing to all public officials.

    This is the most certain measure to gauge that revolution is coming.

    Why would you want to get into the way?

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  21. Pachamama April 28, 2017 at 6:44 PM #

    If these hero worship ideologues were serious they would not be locked in a 50 time frame.

    The real hero/heroines would be people Narmer, the first King of the world

    Imhotep, the man who mastered medical science 10,000 years before Hypocrates, who copied his work.

    And the tens of millions of Afrikan peoples who gave the world, the universe, and all that we know to us.

    Ase

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  22. vincent haynes April 28, 2017 at 7:06 PM #

    We always thought that Bushie and AC had a lot in common. The proof is now self evident in their drinking of the same bowl of soup of confusion. I wish they could collectively elucidate on the values that were brought forward and the benefits provided. Wunnah too love myths.

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  23. Bush Tea April 28, 2017 at 7:07 PM #

    @ pacha
    What we are saying is that narratives of these people are used for propaganda purposes to mislead the many, deny their true works, elevates myths to keep us in check.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Those of us who are naive enough to fall for this propaganda and be misled..would probably fall for some other simple trick… even if THAT truth was revealed to them.

    You keep judging things by the ways in which they have been MISUSED by the wicked among us…. You can do better than this…

    The fact that greedy, albino-centric, morons misuse top-class science; misuse natural resources; misuse TRUTH; misuse welfare; misuse sex; misuse even motherhood ….. does NOT in and of itself make these things evil, wrong, bad or wicked.

    Surely you understand why White people would CHOOSE to promote MLK rather than Malcolm X and the Panthers as the cause of their reversing from apartheid… even if most of us don’t seem to…
    What WE need to do is our OWN research …and to come to understand our REAL heroes…. not disband ALL such concepts of high endeavour to be emulated.

    Similarly with the Bible.
    It seems OBVIOUS to Bushie that wicked, greedy men would seek to use such a POWERFUL book in support of their albino-centric endeavours…. Wouldn’t you … in their shoes?
    ….so to discard it as false – just because it was used successfully AGAINST us, seem quite short-sighted.
    Bushie’s inclination is (again) to get a proper understanding of the facts,…. and of the fiction, and THEN to develop his own damn heroes (or truths… in this case)

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  24. Bush Tea April 28, 2017 at 7:15 PM #

    OK Pacha
    Bushie’s post crossed with your important 6.44PM clarification.

    Agreed.
    The problem is not the holding up of heroes per se…
    It is the acceptance of false ‘heroes’ and the neglect of the true heroes that we should be emulating.

    Bushie would even go further than you did, and say that if we were truly visionary people (instead of brass bowls like Vincent) Heroes like Imhotep and the others you hinted would long have been even superseded by continuing generations of “Pachamamas and Bush Teas”…. and then our children would be set to make us “look small” with their coming outstanding endeavours….

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  25. vincent haynes April 28, 2017 at 7:31 PM #

    Chuckle….. Bushie….what a load of codswallop……. Go tek yuh meds.

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  26. Gabriel April 28, 2017 at 7:58 PM #

    Tomorrow’s heroes emerged yesterday.They will not be deterred by popularity or material benefit.Principle is their guiding light.They fear no one.They will speak from their hearts and they will act according to their consciences.They will throw caution to the wind if in so doing they will have achieved their goals.Heroes are among us.They always emerge and more often they are given no quarter,indeed they ask for none.They demand a square deal.

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  27. CUP.Violet Beckles Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZI April 28, 2017 at 10:54 PM #

    As soon as these dead Heros? are gone all they have done has been undone by the living crooks in the DBLP government, What can the dead do to your or for you, But the living is living well or taking more and more , greed becomes greedy and all turn into liars and scumbags, Most of the living in these crimes now need to be dead so that we can give back and put baback what belongs to the People for People given to the People,
    Pulling up dead people in the land TEEEEFFING means nothings, Another fool acting like a shrink at Elections time, Let the GAMES begin,

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  28. fortyacresandamule April 29, 2017 at 3:37 AM #

    One man’s hero can be another man’s anti-hero. History is filled with many of these contradiction. This hero thing, I don’t know. I admire people who have made or is making a REAL difference in world. Politicians, entertainers , sport stars, celebrities etc , I rarely find interesting.

    I have a deep love for intellectual prowess. Therefore, I have great intellectual admiration for giants like: Archimedes, Euclid, Gallaleo, Newton, Euler, Gauss , Einstein, etc.

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  29. David April 29, 2017 at 5:46 AM #

    @fortyacresandamule

    Refer to it as intellectual admiration if you like but we are inspired by others most times.

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  30. millertheanunnaki April 29, 2017 at 7:19 AM #

    @ fortyacresandamule April 29, 2017 at 3:37 AM

    Couldn’t agree with you more to the argument that ‘one people’s hero is another’s villain’.
    Wasn’t Jesus a resurrected saviour for some Jews but a villainous law-breaker for the Jewish establishment?

    Even to this day Jews refuse to recognize the hero in this acclaimed son of Yahweh and saviour of all mankind.

    Isn’t Lord Horatio Nelson considered a hero to the English but a racist pro-slavery villain by many in Barbados who would wish to see his statue removed from the local Heroes’ Square?

    Isn’t the slave-owning George Washington a ‘Masonic’ hero to Americans (including stupid blacks) while ‘white’ John Brown is seen as a villain and an ‘enemy-of-the-state’ because of his attempts to free the enslaved blacks?

    There are very few heroes the world should recognize without too much disagreement. But on that short list must appear Copernicus, Galileo and Charles Darwin. All others are of the mythical imagination of mere mortals looking for gods among men.

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  31. Vincent Haynes April 29, 2017 at 7:28 AM #

    Miller

    Deeds that have an effect on mankind as a whole by any individual(s) should be noted and appreciated but why elevate that person to hero status.

    You are aware that many of our heroes have not so nice skeletons in their respective closets,as they say about feet of clay.

    I view hero status akin to the creation of gods,merely a crutch to further mesmerise the masses with.

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  32. Gabriel April 29, 2017 at 7:53 AM #

    He gads!Barrow loved women,Tom loved women,Rugged loved women,Freddie loved women,Edwy loved women,Ralphie love women.The common thread,all heroes to many.

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  33. Vincent Haynes April 29, 2017 at 8:50 AM #

    He would have been seen as a role model/hero by many kids……….

    http://butthatsnoneofmybusiness.com/creflo-dollar-arrested-for-stealing-church-fund-to-buy-mansion/

    Creflo Dollar Arrested For Stealing Church Fund To Buy Mansion
    ATLANTA–Evangelist Creflo Dollar has chosen to back out of his campaign for a new private jet amid backlash. “There is no campaign for a j

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  34. Vincent Haynes April 29, 2017 at 8:54 AM #

    David

    I just posted something on Creflo twice and it was not accepted…..just post one if you see it and delete this when found.

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  35. William Skinner April 29, 2017 at 9:44 AM #

    The intellectual mumbo jumbo would be laughable if it were not so tragic. Here we have a simple world ; “hero”. Any primary school child knows what hero means; its one of those words that when you say it you kind of grasp its meaning. A hero could be your grandmother or grandfather. In my case , my first hero was one of my best friends whom I met at age eight at primary school . I have long considered Sir Garry my hero, long before the state made him one !The problem we have here is that we unfortunately believe that heroes should come from a particular group. Hence these days we want Tom Adams to be a national hero and not Cuz Murray, who gave many a poor lad a beverage when he could not afford to buy one after frolicking with his friends at the beach in the hot sun. How about the village seamstress or mechanic from 60 years ago, who taught some boy or girl their trade free. These are all heroes and examples of the best of mankind.
    Note that at least 70 percent of RECENT knighthoods were given to politicians , mainly for their NON-contribution to public life. NOTE THAT WE NAME SCHOOLS AFTER THE SAME GROUP. WE JUST DEFINE OURSELVES VERY POORLY.
    KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid.

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  36. David April 29, 2017 at 9:56 AM #

    Did we read in the news this week that Stuart and the political class looking at TT Lewis and Wynter Crwaford to be added to the national list of heroes?

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  37. angela Skeete April 29, 2017 at 9:57 AM #

    Chuckleberry Finn you would never understand the principles of being a hero like the fireman who risk his own life to save a baby or the pilot who takes all out effirt to save passengers from fatality.Or the mother who risk her life to save the life of an unborn child
    The closes u might have become to being a hero in your minds eye is making a gutter perk to kill inocent birds which you might have learned from your father

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  38. David April 29, 2017 at 9:59 AM #

    We know that a hero is NOT a politician who withholds client monies for example.

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  39. Vincent Haynes April 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM #

    This nation was not built by our heroes alone, so many heroes out there are unknown….” – Red Plastic Bag, Calypsonian
    Heroes Part 1
    A little something for National Heroes Day, an impromptu interview ( done a couple of years back) with Samuel ( my type of hero) who worked from the age of 14 picking pond grass for Haggatts Plantation. He then went on to work for the Haggatts Sugar factory at age 21 loading and off-loading 55 bags of sugar each weighing 224 lbs. On evenings he would then pack bags of bagasse in the factory yard. He now spends his days living off of a government pension.The scene in the background is Haggatts Plantation where he worked.
    Comments appreciated.
    I was stumbling a bit as it was a spur of the moment interview.

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  40. Vincent Haynes April 29, 2017 at 10:04 AM #

    Blue Peter

    Hush nah……how many more times are you going to open your mouth and remove all doubt………call back HH do…..you serious about getting re-elected?

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  41. David April 29, 2017 at 10:04 AM #

    The relevance of this piece is that it was penned by a teacher Leslie Lett and targeted an audience of teachers. It is important to appreciate the value of comprehension. For many of us the primary school teacher represents our role model/hero.

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  42. Bush Tea April 29, 2017 at 10:12 AM #

    @ Vincent
    When you have nothing to say….
    Please!!!

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  43. Vincent Haynes April 29, 2017 at 10:24 AM #

    Bushie

    Aha…how yuh going……how your heroes doing….BBE,De whacker,etc….evathin good???

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  44. angela Skeete April 29, 2017 at 10:48 AM #

    Chuckleberry Finn already been elected now the only real chance you have of being elected is not repeating the same dumb mistakes that cost u to get beat
    But let me ask this of u is that bald head man u on face book.

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  45. Vincent Haynes April 29, 2017 at 10:57 AM #

    Blue Peter

    Chuckle…..tings gitten real brown now yuh wantin tuh nose muh biznes…..who ever yuh tink I izz I izz

    But serious doh…..yuh ain larn from uddah peeps mistakes……ah gine keeps tellin wunnah bring back HH……effen wunnah wants to win…..but den agin maybe wunnah had enuff…..

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  46. angela Skeete April 29, 2017 at 11:08 AM #

    Chuckleberry yuh got me bawlin. I love bald real bad

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  47. Vincent Haynes April 29, 2017 at 11:13 AM #

    Wuhloss….lookah muh crosses…….AC de conglomerate flirten wid muh…..dem desprate fuh sur……hahahaha.

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  48. angela Skeete April 29, 2017 at 11:39 AM #

    Look me crosses angela set a trap.so you are the bald head guy on face book.yuh got me balwing

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  49. David April 29, 2017 at 11:40 AM #

    @Vincent

    These nothing exchanges on every blog between you and ac are getting boring. They add nothing to the discussion.

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  50. Pachamama April 29, 2017 at 11:40 AM #

    We’ve had our disagreements with Erskine Sandiford

    But his instincts were right about this ‘hero worshiping’

    What we have amongst the elites in Barbados is an insatiable appetite for high degrees (unearned), knighthoods, dames, legends, heroes, emeritus something, great this, great that and other titles.

    We can see a noticeable arch in public policy to these specious ends.

    Is this not laughable at a time when the country is facing economic or cultural death.

    That sensible people would look to a man running ’bout with a bat and ball instead of those who died fighting for liberties in the Rebellions speaks to the shallowness involved.

    These same people could be made to celebrate birthdays, christmas, easter, independence. No wonder we are to be made to suffer even more.

    For when we believe in things we don’t understand we must suffer. ‘Superstition ain’t the way’……….Stevie Wonder (sic)

    It was David Thompson and MAM, based on the work of Beckles, who established this modern hero worshiping ethos we now have.

    As incompetent as Sandiford was, he was at least good for one thing.

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  51. Pachamama April 29, 2017 at 11:52 AM #

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  52. angela Skeete April 29, 2017 at 11:55 AM #

    You are such a bore David Bu how much can one extrapolate on a discussion about heroes. putting two or three comments on the subject is enough. Now climb off your political hobby horse and enjoy the way real people live their lives. Stuepse

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  53. David April 29, 2017 at 12:05 PM #

    Appreciate your support on this request Vincent.

    #chuckle

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  54. Vincent Haynes April 29, 2017 at 2:12 PM #

    David

    Just back from my customary pudding&souse saturday in St.John dodging the new/old potholles that were supposed to have been fixed.

    I totally accept your point and will desist from henceforth….truth be told it was getting a bit boring tossing bait and catching blue peter sharks all the time….not even good food.

    Back on topic….we shall agree to disagree,especially on a primary school teacher filling impressionable children with mythology.

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  55. David April 29, 2017 at 2:23 PM #

    @Vincent

    Have you done the Dash Valley strip recently? The newly paved strip is already riddled with potholes.

    Also the Halls Road strip newly laid dug up by the water authority.

    What a waste!

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  56. Vincent Haynes April 29, 2017 at 2:31 PM #

    David

    Yes and it was expected……the holes were rarely prepared and the compactor use was mainly for photo ops……tossing cold asphalt mix and tamping down with the back of shovel was the order of the day.

    Were we not told that they had received IADB grant funds for specific road repairs some months ago?

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  57. Exclaimer April 29, 2017 at 2:42 PM #

    @ David,

    What is wrong with our region? Here is another cautionary tale on why doing business within our region should come with a health warning.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat

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  58. Vincent Haynes April 29, 2017 at 5:19 PM #

    David

    Here is a project for our BU posse to grab $5M bucks….and…..put their name(s) on history’s page as a great thinker….you may say hero

    Deadline May 24th come on writers start writing……

    You have one month to come up with a better system to rule the world.
    A Swedish Billionaire Will Award $5 Million to Anyone Who Reimagines Global Governance
    We urgently need fresh thinking in order to address the scale and gravity of today’s global challenges, which have outgrown the present system’s ability to handle…
    bigthink.com
    http://bigthink.com/design-for-good/a-swedish-billionaire-will-award-5-million-for-reimagining-global-governance?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1493141971

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  59. David April 29, 2017 at 5:51 PM #

    Thanks Vincent, it is refreshing to read about the money class admitting what some ordinary folk on BU have been posting. If we could encourage members of the local money class this would be ideal.

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  60. Vincent Haynes April 29, 2017 at 5:59 PM #

    David

    I wait to see if any one here will accept this challenge.

    Even better would be to see the govt and media houses promote it as well as the private sector/money class you alluded to.

    This is a global competition…..come on folks put on your thinking caps and lets compete.

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  61. fortyacresandamule April 29, 2017 at 6:19 PM #

    @David. The word hero conjures up a divine-like figure in my head…to the point of worshipping. I rather use words like respect, appreciate, and admire for people who made a positive contribution to the human condition.

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  62. David April 29, 2017 at 6:24 PM #

    @fortyacresandamule

    Fair enough, heroes can be found all around us.

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  63. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger April 30, 2017 at 2:21 AM #

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/editorials/donald-trump-first-100-days-u-turns-campaign-promises-legislation-a7709506.html

    Lol….Lawson…look at ya hero, Trumpty Dumpty the BLOTUS, now the proven soft wood failure.

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  64. de pedantic Dribbler April 30, 2017 at 7:50 AM #

    @Vincent and David that is an interesting $5 Mil wager.

    But we are not developing a bigger, faster, more fuel efficient piece of mechanics or a rocket ship. This millionaire is striving to develop a better human engine from the same type of people who have already offered myriad options during these two millennia.

    Seems like a dreamscape hope of futility to me.

    Dispassionately reviewing governance systems even just using the various options discussed here on BU from the calls for a guillotine to the other more palatable community centric 10-point plan identifies that the principle issue is not a NEW system but the simple dictum always raised by Caswell: effective oversight and strong enforcement of existing rules and laws is the panacea for good governance.

    Realistically, it’s a pappy-show to expect that we the people will develop some supposedly new and better system that differs markedly from what we the people have done for the past two thousand years.

    Do we not have the same emotional underpinnings, beliefs, insecurities et al that motivated those who inhabited mother Africa from day start and grew to manage the wondrous village and regional councils; do we not also know of the impressive Roman empire and the many other systems of ‘good governance’ down through the years?

    So let us look forward to see an IMPLEMENTABLE detailed governance improvement system that trumps the all powerful politicians like Putin, Castro or a Lee Kuan Yee to name three different systems which may arguably be graded (you can ascribe) from good to incomplete.

    A lovely publicity venture, however.

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  65. millertheanunnaki April 30, 2017 at 9:42 AM #

    @ Vincent Haynes April 29, 2017 at 5:19 PM
    “Here is a project for our BU posse to grab $5M bucks….and…..put their name(s) on history’s page as a great thinker….you may say hero”

    This is a slam dunk case for Bushie getting that $5M.

    All he has to do is submit his 10 point BUP or PUP plan and Bingo!’ Barbados’s foreign reserves receive a much needed boost. Any person that earns forex for the country at this crucial stage must be considered for hero status.

    Is that why Maloney is being seen as a god and saviour with his Hyatt erection of Priapus proportion?

    The man is deserving of more than a knighthood. He ought to be elevated to national hero status if he manages to attract FDI for his towering project to save the country from the coming forex storm appearing on the horizon.

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  66. Bush Tea April 30, 2017 at 10:21 AM #

    LOL @ Miller
    …and what would Bushie want with $5M?
    Who throws water into the sea…?

    BAFFY is welcome to do the national duty and collect…

    There is only one way to ‘develop the needed ‘human engine’ to achieve the ideal society. It requires a fundamental change in the NATURE of individuals…. from ‘selfish and greedy’, to ‘selfless and God/community-centred’. This is a SPIRITUAL operation that is required, and there is only one qualified ‘surgeon’ available….

    The BUP (or PUP) plan is the best HUMAN option available… in that it brings to bear the ongoing COLLECTIVE community’s consensus on decision-making.
    Bad results will still be possible where the majority of the people are brass bowls and either CHOOSE stupid options, or sit idly by, while the JA’s among them do so without regard.

    He would do better to donate the money to a good charity.

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  67. Vincent Haynes April 30, 2017 at 11:11 AM #

    Miller

    I would have thought that Bushies plan with BBE would need too much fleshing out.

    Below you will see the dilemma too many gods and not knowing which one……trouble…..Baffy may be able to come up with something but he has to distance himself from BBE….lol….wuhloss.

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  68. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger April 30, 2017 at 11:49 AM #

    Goddamn religious frauds, liars, thieves, pedophiles, rapist,s enslavers, killers….the whole lot of them…..dod I mention thieves, they cant stop thiefing from other people, they got a thiefing curse.

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