By Yvonne Sam

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Dr.Martin Luther King.

Here we are smack in the beginning of a New Year, with no resolution to take to heart, no revolution to start, just a simple solution to impart.  In order for the nation to chart any degree modicum of progress, the inhabitants need to turn back the hands of time and return to a place where a strong sense of love and unity did once abound.   Let it be referred to, or designated as — – The New Normal.            

Accompanying 2019 is the need to revisit the  existing mentality among ourselves , and carefully observe what happens when we collectively  make the decision to reestablish something that has previously helped to make our country great —–  socially, economically, politically spiritually etc.  Yes, those were the days. However many of us have now adopted the outlook, as if it is impossible or unattainable to reestablish the type of love and unity that we once embraced and displayed.

The great Martin Luther King said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”  Note that he used the term “We”.  History has shown that we are a strong and resilient people, who know how to make the most out of difficult situations.  On the other hand, if anything history has taught us in Guyana, is that working together collaboratively in love and unity is the only way we are going to progress and achieve peace and equality. Now there are some people in Guyana who have decided to be the fools of which Dr. King referred.

Dr. King also once said , ““People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

As a people we must stop hating each other and showing hatred towards each other. At the heart of most issues, conflict and hate filled in the country lies a lack of love and unity. Now more than ever is the time to start effectively communicating with each other, with love and unity leading the way naturally.

As a people we must have a love for God and once again unite ourselves to God.

As a people we must both love our country and once again unite as a country.

As a people, we must both, LOVE our people and once again UNITE as a people.

As a people, we must both, LOVE our youth and once again UNITE to teach our youth and help bridge the gap between them and our elders.

As a people, we must both LOVE our Guyanese history and once again UNITE our minds with the knowledge of our history and embracing our culture.

As I see it, from my humble civic stance, (vision enhancers aside) — without love and unity Guyana is doomed, never to regain the prominence it once experienced and enjoyed. .   Right now and moving forward, in the absence of a resolution, our solution for all to see— – Change and Progress will only be, where there is Love and Unity.

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  • janet James  On January 1, 2019 at 4:21 am

    It is pity you do not follow Martin Luther’s philosophy

    • Trevor  On January 3, 2019 at 10:34 am

      Hey she isn’t preaching division, but doesn’t she have every right to pen her articles using her own experiences, opinions and thoughts?

      She is even lucky to have her articles published here and in the Waterfalls newspaper; if she wrote these things in her current location, the right wing extremists will harass her and probably do horrible things.

      Why are Guyanese living overseas failing to warn us here that extreme bigots are harassing, injuring and murdering those deemed “migrants”, and that they generalize all brown-complexion people as Muslims, and all Afro-Caribbean people as Haitian refugees?

      Why is writing a topic promoting national unity and challenging us to view our history to learn from colonial and post-colonial experiences viewed with contempt?!

      I see tall buildings being constructed in GT, but they are being built for the very foreigners who view us as lowlifes and fund European extremist groups which attack immigrants.

      • Emanuel  On January 3, 2019 at 12:41 pm

        If she (Yvonne) wants to preach she should get on the pulpit. Janet calls it like it is and she’s totally entitled to her opinion just like anyone else.

      • Trevor  On January 5, 2019 at 2:44 am

        But Janet is attacking the character of the writer, rather than the article. This is unfair and typical of Americanist behaviour.

      • Emanuel  On January 5, 2019 at 11:44 am

        I disagree. Criticism is part and parcel of public discourse.

        If you think Janet attacked the writer’s character then what do you call it when the writer equated Charrandass Persaud’s no confidence vote to Judas?

  • Trevor  On January 5, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    One aspect of Americanist policy is to smear people while confabulating excuses for their hypocrisy.

    I could care one flying Gilbakar of Charrandass Persaud, but Yvonne equated a VOTE, an action, a verb, a political discourse, to that of Judas, a metaphor for selling out. Nowhere did she state that Charrandass Persaud’s personal character is to be attacked, only his political strategy.

    What Janet is doing is attacking Yvonne’s personal character, and it’s a shame that this blog allows do-gooder foreigners to do these things while my comments which criticise the policies of the Canadian and American govts are mysteriously removed.

    You know what’s funny about America? Americans say it’s “freedom of speech” to throw bricks and burn down temples and masjids, and “my gun rights” for Dylan Roof to storm into an African church and commit a mass shooting, but when we, the poor ones, stand up, we are chasitised.

    • Emanuel  On January 5, 2019 at 5:47 pm

      You are mincing words, fella.

      • Trevor  On January 5, 2019 at 7:19 pm

        Venezuela should stop selling their oil to America, and allow Russia and China to conduct business in place.

    • guyaneseonline  On January 5, 2019 at 6:47 pm

      I have NOT removed any of your comments.
      If any are missing, I would like you to tell me what they are.

      Thank you.
      Cyril Bryan

      • Trevor  On January 5, 2019 at 7:16 pm

        My comments mysteriously vanished when debating with a Canadian school teacher who accused me of being intolerant for upholding the laws of Guyana relating to obscenity. The article was of a former GRDB official being deported from Canada to face trial here.

  • guyaneseonline  On January 5, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Please re-submit your comments and I will ensure that they are published —as is.

    Thank you
    Cyril Bryan

  • Tata  On January 5, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Emanuel! You always seem to stoke a “fire” with your one or two liners on this blog. I wonder why?
    And by the way, I don’t think Ms. Sam needs to be scolded on the subject of Dr King from any of you because her thought provoking writing each week sets her apart from all the others.
    As a matter of fact, King was silenced by his critics because he was outspoken and fought against bigotry.
    Keep speaking your peace Ms Sam. Dr King will Applaud you. The world need more like you.

  • Trevor  On January 6, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Canada has become the new America, intervening into sovereign countries. Canada also sanctioned Venezuela, and now they are responsible for overthrown the Hon. Granger administration.

    “Details are emerging now of how Charrandass Persaud, a parliamentarian who rocked Guyana’s politics after voting ‘yes’ in a no-confidence motion that toppled his government, made it to the Ogle Airport on the morning of December 22, last.
    Hours after that vote, an officer of the Canadian High Commission accompanied him to the airport, stayed with him through Immigration and ensured that he entered the plane. The plane later left for Barbados where the former Member of Parliament (MP) took a connecting flight to Canada.”

    Canada wouldn’t care one sawdust if Guyana didn’t have oil. But now as Guyana has oil, Canada is also joining the fat cats to destroy the social,political and moral fabric of our country.

    The Justin Trudeau government was complicit in allowing accused murderers, young women, accused of ordering a hitman on their Guyanese father, to escape justice in Guyana and seek refuge in Canada, where no one can dare say of their crimes, lest they be harassed by police and Gagged as if they were terrorists.

    What Charrandass did was to foment division within Guyana so that the European corporations and governments steal our oil while we fight each other.

    I’m afraid that we will be living in mud huts and fighting with stones at the last barrels of oil we produce, while the Canadians, Americans, Europeans live like expats in Dubai.

    Check the Middle East for yourselves—how is it that these terrorist groups rarely, if ever, target the apartheid state of Israel or American expats? They seem to target Christians, Atheists, Hindus and certain sects, while companies such as Blackwater, Bridgewater, Shell, Exxon-Mobil take their place.

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