Take an­other look at Batts Rock

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Voice - – BASIL N. MAUGHAN – MICHAEL RAY

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.”

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