Evil roams the world, to­day more than ever. Some will sac­ri­fice their wives and chil­dren in their mind­less ef­forts to do their party leader’s bid­ding. Why do peo­ple per­sist in such dis­placed loy­alty? Could it have some­thing to do with psy­cho­log­i­cal needs

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

I see it, poverty of spirit is far more in­sid­i­ous and dam­ag­ing to a hu­man be­ing than the lack of crea­ture com­forts. The lat­ter can be fixed by hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion; the for­mer, not so eas­ily. Poverty of spirit is more elu­sive and it can of­ten be chronic in peo­ple who ap­pear nor­mal. It can be hid­den be­hind a smile. It of­ten ex­presses it­self in a par­a­sitic at­tach­ment to some­one whom the suf­ferer be­lieves will boost his de­flated spirit, or add some­thing to his self-im­age.

Nei­ther Le­nard nor any other mem­ber of his party had sug­gested that the is­land’s con­sti­tu­tion should be amended to pro­vide that work and wealth re­dis­tri­bu­tion be fun­da­men­tal clauses in a re­vised con­sti­tu­tion. If the pro­vi­sion of work and wealth re­dis­tri­bu­tion was stip­u­lated as a con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sion, ev­ery gov­ern­ment would be obliged to look anew at pol­i­tics rather than hide be­hind a book two thou­sand years old. To the mod­ern politi­cian the words “feed my lamb and my sheep” pass through the va­cant space be­tween their ears un­trou­bled. In the mod­ern era, a wise that en­hance their per­sonal bank ac­counts. Those who fraud­u­lently with­hold monies meant for the na­tional trea­sury should be treated in ac­cor­dance with our con­sti­tu­tion. There should be very lit­tle wig­gle room in sen­tenc­ing such de­ceit­ful pub­lic fig­ures. Per­sons such as garbage truck own­ers, who are forced to pay cer­tain for­mer min­is­ters be­fore they can re­ceive a con­tract should be en­cour­aged to speak out pub­licly. It’s time to stop this twist­ing of the hands of per­sons seek­ing gov­ern­ment con­tracts by politi­cians and their agents. Dur­ing my ten­ure as Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Lands, I helped a cer­tain per­son ac­quire a lot of land be­long­ing to the crown. Later, that per­son di­vested his busi­ness into garbage col­lec­tion. He has had to pay cash to cer­tain for­mer min­is­ters in or­der to get a con­tract for garbage col­lec­tion. Some pay­ments were al­legedly re­quested for fi­nanc­ing elec­tion cam­paigns. Even to­day, al­most forty years later, I am of­fered all sorts of gifts by that per­son when­ever our paths cross. He does not seem to un­der­stand that I was merely do­ing my job. such dis­placed loy­alty? I think a psy­cho­log­i­cal hunger cre­ated by a poverty of spirit is the best an­swer I can of­fer. Any stu­dent of the Holy Bi­ble will ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that there are evil spir­its roam­ing the world in search of souls to de­stroy. In this re­gard, the Book of Job is in­struc­tive. God made a deal with the Devil and al­lowed the evil one to test Job, whom God had blessed with wealth and good chil­dren. Job suf­fered se­vere losses and pri­va­tions but his faith in God held firm, even af­ter he was moved to ques­tion God as to why he was be­ing pun­ished.

Evil still roams the earth, per­haps now more than be­fore. Whether we choose to hit back, to stand up, or to be up front, a new po­lit­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion must be­gin to beat back Satan, and his evil helpers. It was no­table that af­ter Rick had in­formed his view­ers last Thurs­day to be care­ful about prop­a­gat­ing evil, his very first caller ut­tered two ex­ple­tives then quickly hung up. It’s time for the poor in spirit to re­move their blin­ders and to judge peo­ple (and their po­lit­i­cal lead­ers) by what they do, not by what they say. Un­for­tu­nately, it seems some were ev­i­dently born to fol­low losers with their loser philoso­phies!

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