Take another look at Batts Rock
A NEWS ITEM was published in the media stating the concerns of a Government official about a Frenchman occupying space at Batts Rock beach.
From all reports, the arrangements were sanctioned and permitted by the relevant Government agency and did not discriminate against or create problems for Barbadians or Barbadian businessmen.
Rather, the business activity provided a much-needed service.
I recall that no alarms or concerns were raised when corporate commercial space was also occupied by other non-national business entities at Mullins Beach Bar, Mount Gay Distilleries, the Arawak Cement plant, Barbados Shipping & Trading, Barbados National Bank, Insurance Corporation of Barbados, Voice of Barbados and the Nation Corporation.
The dissimilar reactions to these events reminded of two significant quotes.
The late Canadian novelist, playwright and professor Robertson Davies once declared: “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend,” while from a somewhat different perspective, American author and motivational speaker Wayne Walter Dyer advised: “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”