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In this series of weekly opinions bearing my name I hope to stir you dear readers to read not just to confuse and confute but to weigh and consider.
The word “truth” to my mind applies back to the time when only God existed. Then He created the heaven and earth, made man and gave him a space called Eden, He appointed Adam the first Prime Minister gave him a woman secretary of state to help him and a Constitution by which he must operate and then split.
The Constitution was quite simple “You shall not eat of the fruit of this tree but all the other trees you may eat of their fruit.” By the time He returned the man had become corrupt and ate the forbidden fruit and lied to cover up, “The woman made me do it.” Yah Right!
Corruption and lies then entered the world and since that day mankind spares no effort to improve on those qualities. Yes God tried the forbidden fruit thing and even he could not make it work, so when I hear of efforts by government cheerleaders and the political leadership to classify Q95FM as the forbidden fruit that should be avoided by our ears and yet note the increased popularity of the station I ask, “Don’t these guys read the Bible?”
It did not work then and will not work now.
In one of the most intense scenes reported in the Scriptures two men stood facing each other in the morning hour; one whose tortured and broken flesh was dripping blood and the other proudly representing the power of the Roman Empire. “Don’t you know I have the power to crucify you?” Pilate asked. Jesus said “I have come into the world to testify truth and my followers bear witness to my truth,” and Pilate the Roman governor replied philosophically, “What is truth?
The activities of May 29th 1979 are still much talked about 33 years later and a CD release seems to celebrate the carefully crafted speeches of those who had a dog in the race and who needed to impress the people that this was a genuine stance for something worthy and not just another plain home grown overthrow of a government by emotionally stirring up the people and then themselves replacing that government. Their victorious side of the matter is oft repeated even as a tale in a local history book yet there seems to be something elusive about the truth of May 29th that causes the stories not to be a conclusion of the matter but a renewed struggle to reach out for the truth.
I am not a doctor of philosophy but truth needs no special degrees, rather it stands alone and defiant unmoved by the darkness that usually surrounds it. It is said that out of the mouth of babes comes forth wisdom. The late historian Carter Woodman puts it, ”Truth could move multitudes even with untutored language.”
What is the truth of May 29th? Was it a sudden urging or a well designed and devised plot to destroy a popular leader? Has it been clear who shot Phillip Timothy or is it best to let that rest in peace too? Would May 29th have happened without the leadership of the upper class and if so is it the uppers who are the ones capable of moving the minds and hearts of the ordinary people to rise up?
A well known one time radio personality and longtime teacher nicknamed “Brain” placed an idea in my head which I found irresistible, that I know this thing and so why let others tell it Confucius said, “real knowledge is knowing the extent of your ignorance,” and so join me about one year from now on May 29th 2013 when I will release a book at Jays Bookstore which will tell of the journey of Patrick John, the man at the nucleus of our most politically remarkable events Independence Day, May 29th and more and of the “somethings happening” leading to, on and after those days for believe me all are tied. It will be a collection of evidence of those who really know and lived the May29th chaos when the Freedom Party and their” boy” Charles Savarin led a rebellion that plunged this nation into a constitutional crisis in which our whole form of government almost came tumbling down.
I hear talk of repeating May 29th. Well we got away once, should we allow things to get to the point where we have to test fate again? When I listen to those, all of them, who were at the forefront of urging the demise of the Dominica Labour Party and who promised after May 29th to seek out and destroy all labourites in every nook and cranny and who are now groveling at the feet of the DLP begging for a job, I think of the words of the Prince in the closing Act of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, “All are punished – all are punished.”
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