Category Archives: Philosophy

Blacks, Bleaching and the Willie Lynch Letter – By Yvonne Sam

Blacks, Bleaching and the Willie Lynch Letter

Yvonne Sam

Black is Beautiful but Bleaching does not guarantee Reaching.

On April 11, 2017 detectives assigned to the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch (C-TOC) in Jamaica, seized 78,000 tubes/jars of assorted bleaching creams, and in relation to the find charged the vendor with Breaches of the Pharmacy Act, Food and Drug Act and Customs Act. Skin lightening trends or skin bleaching has continued to be practiced in Jamaica despite governmental crack-down measures.

Individuals especially females with lighter skin are thought to be favoured by the elite, leaving many to seek lightening treatments when looking for employment.  It is also associated with privilege.    Continue reading

A Difficult but Necessary Matter of Balance

This entry has been re-blogged from the blog of one of the subscribers to Guyanese Online. It has some very interesting insights.

~Burning Woman~

 (thoughts from    ~burning woman~   by Sha’Tara)

I haven’t had much time for blogging lately, being as they say, busy.  But surprisingly, I’ve had time, perhaps too much time, to think about this world, about its overall condition and where it is heading, apparently heedless and unaware.  I know this is a judgment forming an opinion, but not once in my entire life of 70 years has my sense of where things are going ever been wrong.  It’s like a compass in my mind, something I can “see” and rely on entirely, basing my personal movements on it, knowing when to “hold and when to fold” as the song goes.

I feel massive waves of sorrow passing over me time and again, triggered by many encounters: a baby in its mother’s arms; an old man hunched over waiting to safely cross a busy street; a homeless lady holding a sign…

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Youths: Challenges for the Future! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Youths: Challenges for the Future! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

There was a time when there was no television. The radio was plugged into a battery and its programs ended at ten in the night. Daily distractions were minimal. The people were poor but they prized education as it was the passport to a better life. Books changed hands and the ‘dog ears’ were smoothened to make reading easy. There was respect for teachers as parents and the schools worked together to enforce discipline. The community celebrated success of the children.

This statement could be applied to just about any developing country where there was a constant battle to meet basic needs. In Guyana and the Caribbean, not so long ago, education standards were comparable to the best in the world. But times have changed. There is the argument that our teenagers are not as focused as they used to be and it is a cause for worry. What are some of the problems affecting the teen population and how can they be resolved?

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Living a Life of Balance – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Living a Life of Balance – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Read, dance, pray, sing, love, laugh, eat, celebrate and appreciate. And yes, you are allowed to worry because positive worry is good. We all want to be happy. We resent being thrown off our axis. Our everyday existence is a search for happiness. Our consciousness is bombarded with wants, desires, information and materialism that we often lose our sense of balance.

The world is trying to throw you off balance and events are conspiring to make your life miserable. It is time for new beginnings. The moment is ripe for a life of balance where peace of mind will help us to reach our true potential. It is simpler than it seems. The idea is to realize that material objects alone cannot bring about this balance. We need spiritual and emotional wellness to connect with our inner selves and to create the conditions for a balanced life.

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The Church has been hijacked by the moneychangers – By Yvonne Sam

The Church has been hijacked by the moneychangers

By Yvonne Sam

Millions of people in this province, state, country and the world over are being deluded by smooth talking television pastors who cleverly twist the Scripture. Their words are accepted because they are admired; their teachings are swallowed because they quote from the Bible, and their cheating/ extramarital affairs are ignored because they are not held accountable to the very scriptures they preach to people.

And their scripture twisting goes unchecked because many of their listeners do not know enough of the Bible to spot the errors and deceptions. What if the lead world changer is simply a money changer?      Continue reading

Angela Consolo Mankiewicz: Her Magnificent & Eternal Obsession – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Richard & Angela 1972

My Poetry Corner April 2017 features “Another Love Poem: Even in Hell” by American poet, Angela Consolo Mankiewicz (1944-2017). Born in Brooklyn, New York, she moved – against her will – with her parents to Los Angeles at the age of fourteen. But the gods had other plans for her. In 1968, her path crossed that of Richard Mankiewicz, twelve years older, and altered the course of her life.

In “Writing Down the Words” (Istanbul Literary Review, September 2011 Edition), Angela ruminates:

I wonder if I will curse my father
for the even fewer words he said to me
of any value: have you considered the age difference?
Yes, I said, but nothing can be done about that.
No, he said, and it does not matter today,
but may when he’s older. Yes, I said,
but nothing can be done about that either.
No, he said. The end…

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The Incredible Power Of Thought

Road To The Riches

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Thoughts are the windows of future. It’s the obvious reason for every success. A man is, but the product of his thoughts – what he thinks, he becomes.
Mahatma Gandhi

Our thoughts are very powerful and science is doing exciting experiments with the power of thought.

In July 2007 the Silicon Valley company Nerosky launched a device that lets you control a computer game just by using your thoughts.

Since the power of thought is a very potent form of energy that penetrates all time and space we need to be aware of what we think.

Fortunate for the human race we are able to control our thoughts. We can use our mind and practice the process of thinking. We can make ourselves think thoughts of what we want to be or have.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”

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Nationalism vs. Globalism: the new political divide – By Yuval Noah Harari – TED Video

Nationalism vs. Globalism: the new political divide – By Yuval Noah Harari

yuval-harariTED Dialogues · 1h 0m · Filmed Feb 2017

How do we make sense of today’s political divisions? In a wide-ranging conversation full of insight, historian Yuval Harari places our current turmoil in a broader context, against the ongoing disruption of our technology, climate, media — even our notion of what humanity is for. Make time (just over an hour) for this fascinating discussion between Harari and TED curator Chris Anderson. Watch video »

When a dear friend dies – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

When a dear friend dies…

Wine shared to hail the New Year
turns tepid water.

Springs of poetic wisdom
lost down a sinkhole.

Summer strolls along the beach
end at the ocean’s edge.

Mementos stoke nostalgia
amid falling leaves.

Rain erases footprints carved
along pathways uncharted.

For Angela Consolo Mankiewicz

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The Broken Glass Ceiling in Guyana – by Francis Quamina Farrier

The Broken Glass Ceiling in Guyana – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

There is this perennial debate since Adam and Eve, as to which gender is the stronger; male or female. Physically, the majority of men are stronger than the majority of women. However, that being agreed on, whenever the debate gets more complex, such as how would a man cope with delivering a baby; or two or three or four or five, and sometimes even six, at one pregnancy, men tend to become very silent. Some of us know of women who have had the experience of multiple deliveries at one pregnancy. Here in Guyana, there are quite a number of twin births and a few triplets. For the mother, that is hard work; and what she goes through just before delivery is known as “Labour”. Super Mom Bridget, has four sets of Twins.      Continue reading

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