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Let us fix the roof while the sun is still shining

Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020. 12:53 pm CST.

The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News.

By Dr. Bernard Bulwer: “The best time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” (Brad Smith, quoted by JFK in his 1962 State of the Union Address).

SELF-RESPECTING PARENTS, EVEN BEFORE THEIR CHILDREN ARE BORN, and thereafter, constantly ponder their children’s well-being and future.

At every stage of their lives – before birth and after birth – good parents are always on the constant lookout for what happens next, and how best to prepare for that child’s future. THIS IS VISION AND LOVE … LOVE AND VISION. They go hand-in-hand. It’s what takes any relationship from being just ordinary, to extraordinary.

I’ve written many times that I consider these THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT QUALITIES of any leader, political and otherwise.

Now what do these picture quotes, “The best time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining” have to do with this? Here it is:

Even though “It is written: ‘Man shall not live by bread alone …” (Matt 4.4), MAN NEEDS BREAD TO LIVE. This is biology!

RESPONSIBLE Belizeans, of all walks and, know this one thing. We must eat! Less money, far less money will now flow post-Covid-19. Some will have. Some will not have. So we will have the “haves”, and the “have nots.”

Belize is a very small place where no one can really run or hide, worse since Covid-19, where even if you skip borders, there is a good chance you risk being quarantined, or worse. What will the nation do? What will the leaders do? People must eat!

Bob Marley’s song, “Dem belly full, but we hungry” is not theory. It is what he saw. It is what he lived, and it is what he sung. The lyrics of this 1974 song is often misquoted as “A hungry man is an angry man” NO, the lyrics says, “A hungry MOB is an angry MOB.” On this same album and context was “No woman No cry”. Bob Marley was a WAILER. A man who wept for he is people. But he didn’t stop there. The documentaries and Bob’s accountant revealed the many thousands he fed, not just with his music, but with voice, with bread, with one love, and vision.

This was a time when Jamaica was “Burning and Lootin”. A time when he “woke up this morning in a curfew, O God, I was a prisoner too” … and “the faces standing over me … wore uniforms of brutality.” Belize may not have “concrete jungle,” but Belize risks becoming a jungle, where the laws of the jungle rule.

So Bob’s lyrics are not “just words.” These were not just Bob’s reality. THIS IS REALITY.

What Bob sung about DOES NOT have to become Belize’s reality. But if we choose to hide our heads in the sand, and if our population are not mobilized in a sustainable way … there will be no shortage of hungry mobs roaming the streets of Belize City, the other city and our towns, and even our villages. Belize does not have enough police and soldiers to contain this. Indeed, police and soldiers have families. They are us.

BELIZEANS, THIS IS OUR CHALLENGE. THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. THIS IS NOT DIFFICULT TO FIX. The sun is still shining. But it requires a change of the prevalent mindset, hard work, and sacrifice.

Sacrifice is good word that is not in easy to find in the Belizean dictionary. It is a good word that led to mankind’s salvation. It is the key to true freedom, and the many options and benefits this bring. I live sacrificially, and it has opened up many worlds, both for the here, and the hereafter.

In conclusion, using Bob-speak, let’s “emancipate ourselves from mental slavery” and the “political strategy that keeps us hungry” and “ambush in the night”.

Let us FIX THE ROOF WHILE THE SUN IS STILL SHINING, organize a national sustainable food security strategy that includes planting (even in The City), farming, fishing, raising fowl, bartering, trading, and every facet of Belzian society that can innovate a new vibrant and sustainable food economy and security … one that is not reliant on unhealthy-highly processed foods.

Bob’s words are timely, so I’ll end with his wish, and the reality of his own seed which is clear for all to see. It ought to be a wish for our own children and the Belizean nation.

“So JAH seh …

Not one of my seeds

Shall sit in the sidewalk

And beg bread

So Jah seh

“Not one of my seeds

Shall sit in the sidewalk

And beg your bread”

(No, they can’t and you know that they won’t!)

“And verily, verily, I’m saying unto thee ‘I

Inite oneself and love Imanity'”

Cause puss and dog they get together

What’s wrong with loving one another?

Puss and dog they get together

What’s wrong with you my brother?

So Jah seh

“Ye are the sheep of my pasture

So verily, thou shall be very well”

So Jah seh yeah!

“Ye are the sheep of my pasture

So verily, thou shall be very well, ” yeah!

And down here in the ghetto

And down here we suffer

But I’n’I a-hang on in there

And I’n’I, I naw leggo

This article can be found on the Belizean Diaspora Facebook Page.


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