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Several months ago, I involved myself in the politics of St. Vincent. As I am writing this, I am thinking “Why did I do that?” The answer is easy. I love my birth country despite its many flaws and hoped to make a positive contribution.
When I became involved, I immediately realized that there was a “political gang” war going on between the Unity Labour Party (ULP) and the New Democratic Party (NDP). The ULP has been governing the country since 2001 and the NDP is literally desperate for power. Therefore, they are engaging some extremely dangerous and disgraceful tactics to achieve their objectives.
Vincentians do not dialogue. They engage in assault on each other because of this politics. They don’t look at the problems to find solutions. They engage “commess” (gossip) to keep the war going. I have tried my very best to be objective and sincere in calling “a spade a spade” in the hopes that individuals could see their destructive behaviour. However, these warriors are not fighting for country. They are political mercenaries fighting for personal rewards via power gained by their political party.
The hatred expressed by individuals within the NDP towards individuals that are ULP members is simply frightening. I am having visions of Rwanda if NDP should gain power. The Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has not been effective in calming things. Rather, he has helped to incite these NDP folks by calling them disrespectful names. This gives the NDP folks an excuse to go way down into the gutter with their responses.
Yesterday, I had it with all of the madness. After reading a post that was geared to incite racial war, I just simply went off. The irony is I saw that I was becoming like these folks. Their close mindedness was frustrating to me and was causing me to respond in ways that I abhor. I realize that some of these folks are like me. They didn’t start out as political mercenaries. However, they are locked into a homogenous culture and they show zero tolerance towards individuals that are different. Therefore, the differences in political approaches have caused them to double down in a negative way in their own myopic position.
The hate virus is contagious and if one is not wise to the pathology, he or she can be afflicted with this hate disease. The sad fact is that many who are afflicted do not see it. It’s similar to being crazy I suppose, where the individual does not know that he is crazy. Therefore, he is unable to stop the behaviour.
I am convinced that this gang war that is going on in SVG is not about improving the country. Rather, it’s about an accumulation of perceived offenses that have EGOS at a boiling point. These folks are unable to listen to reason from any source, God included. Some of them engaged in a despicable protest inside of an Anglican Church a few weeks ago because the Prime Minister was in attendance. This demonstration clearly showed that their hated for the Prime Minister exceed their love for their Christian God.
So, yesterday, I made the decision to purge my Facebook page and distance myself from this contagious hate. Life is too short to live with contention everyday. I don’t know how people do it. But, I just will not engage hate. Infinite love!!!
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