One of the best feelings in the world is when someone comes up to you and begins to have a positive conversation about something you've done, and funny enough they don't know that you did it. A couple weeks ago a young woman walked up to me and was talking about a guy who wrote this book called Off the Island. I sat back and enjoyed the compliments as they flowed. The thing is she didn't know that I was the author. The unfortunate reality is that she may not have been as liberal with her compliments if she knew she was actually speaking to the author - me!
THE HUMAN PSYCHE
The human psyche is a weird thing. It's full of contradictions, envy, jealousy, love, joy. You can hold numerous contradictory feelings, sentiments, and emotions within your mind and heart without even being able to properly express it. Sometimes you can be happy for someone but yet envious, admire their discipline and initiative but begrudging of their success, as relative as the term - 'success'- actually is. The thing with achievement is that there are rarely any objective indicators. Most of us don't realize this. The closest objective indicator may be one's bank account - and even then the value placed on money, outside of the very basic necessities - is relative. There are basic thresholds for assessing the success of a project, but getting it done and the pride that one will field is totally subjective. That's what we're talking about here.
NOW BACK TO THE BOOK
Me writing a book was a personal goal of mine I held for some time. It's completion was a culmination of some 6-7 years of work, hours and hours of writing, a small fortune (at-least to me) of investment, and a host of sacrifices. It produced a product that would -if it accomplishes its goal - be of more benefit to others than to myself. Now, don't get it twisted, the book wasn't all an altruistic endeavor. As an author opportunities are opened to me that would have never been opened prior - before the publishing of the book-, and the goal was initially crafted with this in mind. It was, without question another step on the ladder to individual advancement. But even with every achievement remembering the eventual goal of improving the lives of others is all that essentially matters, 'for what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul'.
The book, Off the Island was written with the goal of sharing a story that would emphasize two essential principles: education and travel. Before I left my home-island of Trinidad, the journey was viewed as such a 'wild goose chase' by some that I committed to myself to write it down. So, there it is! A project that recounts my personal experiences, and hopefully gives kids like myself - at least back then - a bit of a guide to avoid a couple of those landmines in a fun and creative way.
In terms of the pursuit of success, what each individual owes himself/herself is a relentless pursuit of their passion. The results will eventually come and the support from those who were naysayers will also soon follow. TRUST ME! :)
LIVE WITH LOVE!
The notion of racial representation in Trinidad and Tobago is as anti-Trinagonian as roti without curry, bake without shark, or doubles without ‘channa’. Race in Trinidad and Tobago ought not to be debated in the context as articulated by popular culture in the US. In fact, the notion of ‘representation’ in a society committed to the concept of a nation as a ‘melting-pot’ is quite frankly absurd. ‘Representation’ in Trinidad and Tobago simply does not exist and should not!
The notion, held by some, that Dr. Keith Rowley, while on the international stage in New York (at the UN and at NASDAQ) did not fully represent the Indo-Trinbagonian community is without question a politically motivated attack, at least that’s the only meager explanation one can come up with given the fact that there is no other rational explanation. The notion that there weren’t enough people of Indo-Trinbagonian heritage standing next to the Prime Minister is bogus. In the case of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, his closest advisers are the most racially diverse one can imagine. Whether its Stewart Yong, Farris Al-wari, or Rohan Sinanan, the Prime Ministers combination of advisers is as diverse as that of any other Prime Minister before him, if not moreso. One may debate Dr. Rowley's partiality to certain personalities in his cabinet but race certainly does not appear to be one of his considerations in selecting his closest aides and ministers.
The Prime Minister's cabinet without question represents the racial kaleidoscope that is Trinidad and Tobago; this while keeping in mind the fact that if it didn't, there would quite frankly be no issue with that whatsoever.
A Prime Minister has dominion over his Cabinet, to select and choose the persons who best suits his own subjective criteria.
"In fact, the notion of ‘representation’ in a society committed to the concept of a nation as a ‘melting-pot’ is quite frankly absurd."
The notion of there needing to be ‘racial representation’ in Trinidad and Tobago is a disturbing concept. The reality is that the majority of us are so ‘mixed’ that we cannot place a direct line to any particular continent as our true ancestors. The concept of a ‘pure race’ is racist, bigoted, and backward – an ode to the Aryan madness of a Hitler who would have spat on an Indian with as much venom as he would an African. This notion every Trinbagonian must reject forthright! Even if one can point directly to the heritage of a particular race or ancestor, this must take second place to the notion of our Trinbagonian-ness. Take for example the familial history of this writer - the grandson of a man born to a white father and a ‘dougla’ mother, who married a woman - the daughter of an Indian man and ‘dougla’ mother. These two bore a son, who by whatever random metrics used in racial calculation colloquially in Trinidad would be mixed/coloured. He married a black woman- the decedent of African slaves – father being a black man from Grenada and mother a black woman from Tobago. These two bore sons – who by anecdotal logic would equal to – dougla, dougla, black - which we all know does not exist and ought not even to be a consideration in a nation that embraces the concept of a ‘melting-pot’- as we do in Trinidad and Tobago.
"A Prime Minister has dominion over his Cabinet, to select and choose the persons who best suits his own subjective criteria. "
As Trinbagonians, our association to the culture of Trinidad and Tobago and connection to Trinidad ought to be stronger than any other connection – whether it be to India, Africa, Europe, China or Syria. This particular quotation is used ad nauseam in reference to the fundamental concept of this experiment we call Trinidad and Tobago. But if not for anything else, let the following be a reminder of our nation's principles. The founding father of this nation espoused this following doctrine, which was as relevant in 1962 Trinidad as it is today, in 2019.
“Together, the various groups in Trinidad and Tobago have
suffered, together they have aspired, together they have
achieved. Only together can they succeed. And only together
can they build a society, can they build a nation, can they
build a homeland. There can be no Mother India, for those
whose ancestors came from India....there can be no Mother
Africa, for those of African origin. There can be no Mother England
and no dual loyalties.....There can be no Mother China, even if one could
agree as to which China is the Mother; and there can be no Mother
Syria and no Mother Lebanon. A nation, like an individual, can
have only one Mother. The only Mother we recognize is Mother
Trinidad and Tobago, and Mother cannot discriminate between her children…”
As Trinbagonians, we are fortunate enough to be members of potentially the most unique societal mixture of people the world has ever seen. For this Trinbagonian experiment to be successful, we must embrace Trinbagonian-ness above all else. To my fellow Indo-Trinbagonians who may be of the view that they are of some ‘pure blood’ – I say, to pursue this path of division will bare no fruit, whether it be for short term political gain, or in moral correctness.
Allow me to share a personal story that may be relevant in this particular case. I remember having a conversation with a friend of mine born and bred in India named Taki. Taki was and is a big fan of the West Indian cricketer Suneil Narine. Taki and I played together for a European cricket team. For him he was amazed as to how someone like Suneil Narine - someone with such an Indian name - was Trinidadian, and West Indian. It wasn’t a challenge to explain to Taki that the fundamental concept of being Caribbean, West Indian, and in our case Trinbagonian, is that our skin color does not determine our allegiance, neither is our religion the source of our patriotism. Rather, in its truest sense, Trinidad and Tobago is a nation committed to: Discipline, Production and Tolerance - with Tolerance being that lasting word. In the case of Trinidad and Tobago, as I would later on explain to my friend Taki, it is most probable that Suniel Narine would find more in common with me in social and cultural tastes than he would with Taki. In fact, I am more than certain that Narine will be much more comfortable in the Oval, or on the Brian Lara Promenade than he would in New Delhi or Eden Gardens in Kolkata. I can be wrong, but I doubt it.
The notion of racial representation in Trinidad and Tobago is as anti-Trinagonian as roti without curry, bake without shark, or doubles without ‘channa’.
Author: Mikhail E.D. Byng
Mikhail E.D. Byng is the author of the book ‘Off the Island’, which is available on Amazon.com. He’s also a graduate student of Peace Studies at the University of Belgrade.
Remember when the finance minister of Trinidad and Tobago made the most ridiculous statement that, to paraphrase, the government of Trinidad and Tobago should raise fuel prices even more because the citizens didn't riot!? Or, better phrased, the higher fuel prices on the population weren't enough. He apologized. Or did he ? It doesn't really matter. The fact of the matter is that there is a sense among many in public life that the poorest among us must bear most of the strain, that their backs are broadest, their patience longest, and that they can survive just about anything. This is not the case. To hear Trinidad and Tobago's Attorney General Faris al Rawi spew, what could only be described as utter garbage about judges living in indigence is as baffling as anything I've ever heard. The government of Dr. Keith Rowley has committed itself to improving the lot - financially - of a the elitist class in Trinidad and Tobago. They have tabled a bill to improve the compensation package of judges, legislatures, and prime ministers. One ought to ask the question, what about the indigent mason, carpenter, electrician. The citizen just placed on the bread-line through government cost-cutting?
If I remember correctly, a couple years ago I watched on TV as Dr. Keith Rowley chastised a Maloney mother of four by claiming, "the government doesn't 'mine' your children!". Well, with him being a 40 year veteran in politics, the government has certainly helped take care of his well.
Presently I'm reading the book: A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by authors Jennifer A Doudna and Samuel A Sternberg. It speaks to a remarkable discovery known as CRISPR. This allows for the ability for scientists to edit the genes of humans and other animals alike. The bioethical questions surrounding this discovery ranges from the fear of creating deformed human beings used for testing, to the merits of potentially finding cures for genetic diseases. On the most fundamental level the question is asked: Don't we have a responsibility and an obligation to use scientific advancement for curing the ailments of living human beings?
Two main factors come to mind as the justification for his, which most of us rationalize in our heads – without even consciously thinking about it too much; that effectively make us eat the offspring of other creatures: (1) Survival & (2) Distance.
DISTANCE AWAY FROM THE ACT
2) Distance - In the sense that we rarely ever see someone killing a chicken or a horse or a pig. For most of us that may be a stunning sight. Imagine if before your breakfast every morning you had to pull a chicken’s head out of its body. It’s possible that you may become accustomed to it after some time and that would alleviate the traumatic stress after the first couple times, but the mere thought of it can be revolting. Being some distance away from such a reality can make it much more palatable. The same distance is applicable to something like the drug trade for example. For all the millionaires and billionaires, politicians and entertainers ie. elites, who sniff through a line of cocaine, it certainly equates (in cost) to the deaths of civilians, drug traffickers, and maybe even law enforcement officers. The ‘war on drugs’ which still continues to this day leads to a chain reaction of deaths and murders: from overdoses to civilian casualties, in the process of trafficking, law enforcement and narco deaths. Having distance from some harsh realities allows for a degree of acceptance. Could this sort of necessity to survive and the creation of distance between the necessity and the difficult acts necessary to provide for this necessity, be attached to the use of human embryos for testing? It's a question worth asking. And are the potential benefits of curing the ailments which affect our specie worth meddling with unborn human life?
THE FIELD OF BIOETHICS
Combining education and technology can sometimes make things so much easier for the learning process. It’s something that many of us take for granted. We usually see technology as a source of improving our entertainment experience, without paying much attention to the edification of the human mind.
The importance of education in general is taken for granted so often by so many. So many of us forget that learning never stops. In fact, the notion of being 'educated' ought to be removed from our lexicon. ‘Educated’ should never be a concept that's spoken of in the past tense. It's a continuous process, and the best of it is in the future, never in the past.
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There are so many educational apps for kids, educational apps for adults, and educational websites out there that I've sought to narrow down the top 5 five (5) star selections for our readers. They're easy to find through the play store app that's on most android phones.
Most of what we’ve found are free educational apps for kids and adults. They include apps for language learning, geography, and other interesting subject matter. These apps are certain to supplement your formal high school or university level education. Hopefully it helps to provide you, our devoted reader, with a quality education.
1. WORLD MAP QUIZ
An unbelievable app my any measure, World Map Quiz is one of the most comprehensive geographical apps on the market. You can even find seas, oceans and every country on the planet.
You can discover new challenges during playing in flag and capital mode while trying to prove yourself in the extraordinary elimination mode.
2. KHAN ACADEMY
A mobile app with a variety of options for learning, the Khan Academy was a revolutionary form of transferring knowledge when it was first created. Known for its focus on math and arithmetic the Khan Academy allows you to sharpen your math skills with a host of practice exercises and other tools. It's one of the best educational apps for kids and adults that you'll find.
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In this technologically driven world, learning code is almost like learning English. SOLOLEARN is a great platform to start learning code for beginners. It offers fresh content daily and is personalized for the needs and wants of every user.
Everyone at some point in time have all thought about what it would be like if you spoke another language. Or even multiple other languages for that matter. If that thought have ever been through your mind then DUOLINGO is the app for you.
You can Learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, Ukrainian, Esperanto, Polish, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian, Hebrew, Welsh and English. With Swahili and Romanian recently being added to the list.
One of the best educational apps for students, COURSERA offers access to some 2,000 courses. If colege proves too expensive, or you think you can handle more than your allocated course-load, then consider COURSERA.
Born in Long Island in 1949, Ray Dalio founded Bridgewater Associates at the age of 26 in 1975. After being a bad student, by his own admission, he then developed an interest in the stock market. This fueled his educational pursuits. He then moved on to Long Island University and then to Harvard Business School.
Known for the Ray Dalio Principles, he’s considered a revolutionary investor on Wall Street. The Bridgewater Company is known for not only its unbelievably tough interview process and uniquely different methods of investing, but also for its stewardship of a fund with some 125 billion dollars under its management.
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What has become a major concern for Dalio in recent years has been his almost maniacal obsession with passing on the knowledge he has acquired over some 50 years of investing in markets around the world. Not only within the realm of finance but also in the more general sphere of life-lessons. His goal not only appears to be to help people on the most personal level, but to find ways to, in his words, ‘reform capitalism’.
Without question, some may argue that the economic machine that is the American economy has expanded in the manner it has due to a rigid form of unbridled capitalism. Dalio actually doesn't dispute this. As a matter of fact it appears that his argument centres on an advocacy for something in between. He notes in a recent piece: "I think that most capitalists don’t know how to divide the economic pie well and most socialists don’t know how to grow it well..." He sees that the underlying concept of capitalism is without question the best system that there is, but he points out how imperative it is to address the starkly obvious issues within American society. From poor education, to even the socio-cultural issues of single parent households.
Fellow billionaire-philanthropists like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have pointed out similar issues as it concerns capitalism's ‘rough edges’ so to speak. However they’ve been undercut by many loud voices in the public sphere, most having a political agenda. This hasn’t deterred Dalio however, who has committed himself to leaving an indelible in the public philanthropic sphere. He's been dubbed the Steve Jobs of finance.
CHECK OUT SOME OF RAY DALIO’S PUBLICATIONS HERE:
Although in all honesty it didn’t really matter here or there whether he liked the post or not, what intrigued me on a deeper level was the rationale. Why would he effectively acknowledge the post in person but wasn't willing to do so online? Was he too busy? Was he just quickly scrolling down his timeline?
What's the deciding factor in someone choosing whether or not to engage with particular content on social media platforms?
They Decide Who Sees What
One of the things I’ve picked up on over time is that although a post on social sites may not get a reaction - as in a like, or frown, or heart, (engagement of any-kind) it’s still being seen. The question is by who? The top social media sites like: Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, SnapChat, and others, have worked,- through their algorithms-, so that at the bare minimum your posts are seen by as many within your own social network as possible i.e. your friends and followers. At least at the beginning. As time passes they’re capable of aggregating who is more likely to like your posts. Over time this chizzles down your overall audience (your audience being those who see your posts) to those who are most likely to react to the actual posts themselves.
Don’t believe me? Think about this for a second. If you have 1000 friends on Facebook, I can give you a 100% guarantee that all 1000 of your friends do not see every single post you make. It’s impossible. And this goes for Instagram as well. The amount of time that would be needed for someone to see the posts of all of the users he/she is following, coupled with the other content that bombards one’s timeline i.e. ads, etc. would be enormous. The fact of the matter is, as a pragmatic reality, your featured content is narrowed down to what you’re more likely to be interested in given your activity. And this goes for those who like and interact with your posts as well. In short, you develop a core, a sort of network within a network.
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How Do the Top Social Media Sites Make Their Money
Why would Facebook give away free advertisement? The ‘bread-and-butter' of the top social media sites is their advertising. In 2018 alone Facebook’s ad revenue was rounded out at a whopping 15 billion dollars in the US alone. Worldwide, their revenue doubled, to 33.8 billion thereabouts.
Why in the world would Mark Zuckerburg give you free advertising? The more small businesses, and corporations spend on ads, the more is added to Zuckerburg's stunning 65 billion dollar net worth. And with that in mind, over the week March 7th, Zuck’s net-worth increased by some 3 billion - check that.
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So Why Didn’t My Colleague Like My Post?
Well, the catch is, I can never really know. The human psyche and the decision making process is much too complex for even Mark Zuckerburg and Facebook, or Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Google, with all their billions of dollars and brain power to fully understand.
At best, all that the algorithms designed by the brilliant minds at Google and Facebook can really do, is determine broadly, the options afforded to the user. They can make a highly informed guess as to who will like this or who will watch that, but every so often they’re apt to get it wrong.
So if you’re into marketing, or producing social media ‘news’ of some kind, don’t beat up on yourself (or your employees) too much if your social media strategy doesn’t appear to be bringing in as much dividends as you would like. Quite a few people work extremely hard to ensure that you’re forced to spend your money on advertising through their own mediums.
For every country, every nation, and every people, there is a moment of reckoning. A moment in time when a nation is faced with a challenge that forces it to decide, - not through rhetoric, but rather through actions in the most practical of terms - what it stands for.
As a nation, we stand by the principle that we were “forged from the love of liberty…”. We believe that every “creed and race can find an equal place…”
Most of all, we stand for ‘tolerance’.
The Crisis taking place in Venezuela is something that has had a very real impact on the reality within our small twin island Republic. It has forced many of us to adjust. At the same time it has also brought out some of the baser instincts among some of our fellow citizens. From the soliciting of prostitution, to human trafficking, it’s becoming more and more clear that the reality for many Venezuelans fleeing their unstable homeland and moving into Trinidad isn't too rosy. Couple this with the general xenophobic tone of even some of our more respectable and law-abiding fellow citizens and one could only imagine the sort of difficulty being experienced by our brothers and sisters from the South American mainland.
One is forced to ask the question, is it possible that Trinbagonians are capable of such unwelcoming and inhumane treatment? Do we not have a responsibility to help those in need?
To go through the legality of Venezuelan migration to Trinidad or the need for a systematic framework for accepting those ‘economic migrants’ from Venezuela to Trinidad and Tobago would be a much too broad a task for this brief blog post. What I would prefer to focus on is the general public sentiment of the average Trinbagonian concerning Venezuelan migrants. What is our disposition to someone seeking refuge from an unbelievably difficult situation? Quite frankly we ought to be sympathetic to their cause, empathetic to their plight, and reflect this in our actions toward them.
The reality of the situation is that regardless of what we attempt to do as a means of avoiding more Venezuelans entering into our country, the fact of the matter is that our geographical location and overall limited border security makes it almost impossible to remove ourselves from the overall situation. Venezuelans will continue to come in their numbers for the foreseeable future! Our responsibility is to place upon our politicians the necessary pressure to create a framework so that the process is smooth. The European Union affords us a great example of what to do and what not to do in dealing with a migrant crisis.
SO WHAT CAN WE DO?
As best as possible, for those Venezuelans who are already here, it’s our responsibility to integrate them as best as possible in everyday Trinbagonian life. Whether it’s ensuring, through charities or individual efforts, that the well being of those in need is made our concern. If you’re a church goer invite them to your church, make your concern their concern. If you work in a bakery, a car-shop, an office, see how best you can be of service to the ‘least of these thy brethren’.
As much as we are Trinbagonians, we are first and foremost human beings. And human beings ought to be treated as such, with a level of dignity. On the state level, quite frankly it’s the government’s job to ensure that they take the necessary measures to prevent human trafficking and prostitution among Vene-dadians or Trini-zuelans. Like it or not, they are becoming part of our national fabric.
IF THE SHOE WAS ON THE OTHER FOOT
Although this certainly ought not to be a justification for one to do the right thing, it still proves a compelling argument. Ask yourself the question: What if our Trinidad and Tobago faced a problem of similar magnitude? A natural disaster or political crisis. Think for a second, who would have thought just ten (10) years ago, with oil prices at over $100 per barrel, that one of the major oil producers – Venezuela – would find itself in such a dire situation.
Over a ten year period, say 2008 to the present, oil prices have plummeted from a high of around $150 to the present low - a 50% drop. The US has now become a major oil producer, Hugo Chavez is dead, and Donald Trump is US President. Trust me, circumstances can change fast.
When I hear the back and forth about Venezuelans “taking over our country”, I think of the irony. Descendants of African slaves and Indian indentured laborers taking issue with people having to move from their homeland and resettle due to circumstances out of their control; the hypocrisy! Not to engage in too much 'self-bashing', I do believe it to be a form of misplaced patriotism for us to be somewhat concerned that our country may become over-saturated with immigrants - but we must make space for compassion, we must speak to the higher ideals of our nation.
The fact of the matter is that in the overall arch of history, we’re all really travelers in the end. We came from some place, and we’re going some place, so let’s approach our moment of reckoning with bravery and compassion. The world is watching, and our history is being recorded.
Ever heard of the legend of Dracula? A fierce warrior, who sacrificed himself over to the dark side for the purpose of saving his family? He then became a vampire. At least that's how it goes in the movie. The legend of Dracula is also one of the main selling points for tourism in the forested Transylvanian nation of some 20 million inhabitants known as Romania. It's a nation that sometimes gets over looked in the over-commercialization of every facet of human existence. Even our identities now carry some degree of value in a predominantly capitalist world, and so do our collective mythologies and folklores.
For Romania, the mythology of the story of Dracula, written in 1897, and the fact that it's actually based on someone who lived - Vlad Dracula - makes the story even more compelling.
Any time I visit a new country I usually try my best to connect my travels to something associated with my wonderful, beautiful, exotic and fantastic homeland of Trinidad and Tobago. My initial thought was that I would be hard-pressed to do so this time…but oh was I wrong! The myth of the ‘Buck’, a local Trinidad and Tobago legend of a midget animal-like man who terrorizes villagers has come to the forefront of the Trinidad and Tobago media in the past weeks. It’s been terrorizing a particular family in a village called Gasparillo.
No one really knows what the 'buck' or 'bacoo' looks like. The photo to the left appears to be the closest depiction of the mythological beast that's now being taken as an actual serious news story on the island. In fact, the police have been called into action, in addition to a host of pastors and pundits - hoping to rid this particular family of the 'Buck'.
CHECK HERE : BUCK RETURNS TO SUCK BOY'S TOE
In all fairness, from what I've heard since being here in Romania, there's been no recent sighting or complaints of Dracula roaming anywhere throughout the country. The Romanians have been able to tuck their mythologies in the appropriate basket of fiction and folklore. And mind you, vampires ought to live forever. On the other hand, the Buck seems to be living for an eternity, or atleast reproducing back on the island. Even some legitimate voices have added credence to the question of a 'buck' actually being a living, breathing thing. Not to necessarily give this most absurd story any greater ounce of legitimacy, but one thing does concern me however. The legend goes that the Buck usually bothers those who made a prior agreement to sustain it in exchange for enormous wealth. Why isn't anyone critiquing the story of this particular family?? Just Food for thought.
To me, this story is so laughable that I'm tempted to think that this is a ploy by those nefarious forces who run media houses in Trinidad and Tobago to take our attention away from the good work of our Commissioner of Police. But that's the conspiracy theorist in me. Nevertheless that's a discussion for another time. The fact of the matter is that Trinidad and Tobago and Romania do have something in common. Our myth may be a bit more absurd, lacking in the moral overtones of good versus evil, self over the collective, but still grasping a nation that apparently has little else to do with our time than to watch with amusement, or in some cases concern, thinking: "I wonder if de Buck goh come fuh we next boi!" LET ME ASSURE YOU MY FELLOW TRINBAGONIANS...SHORT FAT MEN WALKING ON "DEY TOES" CAN USUALLY BE FOUND IN PARLIAMENT STEALING OUR MONEY!
Atleast for our own good, let's consider commercializing this farce known as the 'buck'. Let's learn a thing or two from our Romanian friends some 8,000 kilometers away from our island and commercialize our myths.
So, to get to the point of this entire post. Today I visited Romania, the city of Timisoara. It was more than for mere tourist reasons, however I was still able to get to see more than just some of the city. Surprisingly, the people were warm and helpful. As it concerns the language I did pick up the words :"Salut" and "Cao", both as greetings.
Romania prides itself on being a major destination for tourists especially during the Halloween season, having gained substantial notoriety for what can only be described as the phenomenon of Dracula. Our myths, atleast on the surface level, aren't as rosy as or soiled in quasi moral myths of valor and bravery, but it is certainly more entertaining...lol :)
The legend or myth of the ‘Buck’ in Trinidad is about a ‘man’, or 'beast', or 'man-beast' of some kind, who for all intents and purposes is just a nuisance. He, or she, eats out your food, and does the dumbest and most absurd stuff like ‘sock your toe’. In fact, who doesn't like a story about a diabolical midget e.g. Austin Powers, Bad Santa, Friday. In all honesty media obsession with this is in an of itself a nuisance. To be quite frank, there are enough "Bucks" in the Parliament of our country. The media, and the police, can probably focus in more of their resources on such. However, this can work to our benefit after all, if we consider (in general) the concept laid out by the Romanians and commercialize our myths.
Mikhail E.D. Byng was born in Trinidad. He is the author of Off the Island and a graduate student at the University of Belgrade. He speaks Serbian and English.
Trinbagonian. Traveler. Believer in God. Believer in Creation. Life long Student. Sports enthusiast.