“It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad. It is better still, to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak with a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent. But, silence is better than idle words.”
It’s up to you!
To commit ourselves to the wisdom of those borrowed words and ideals at this time in this Bahamas seems an endeavor which can only bring needed benefits to us, in both the short and long terms. Who could be against such an effort?
With the damage of Hurricane Dorian still vivid and consequential among us now, it will take a special strength of character to stand firm against the putrid winds of discontent.
They will be with us from many directions, and in many forms.
Neither ought we allow ourselves to be swept away in the raging surges of undue hostilities, no matter which guise they may take on.
Walking against the wind sometimes might be difficult, but walking in the right direction is always worth it.
Now that the rebuilding process, or at least the planning for rebuilding, has started in earnest, all Bahamians ought to find a way to contribute something, materially or intangibly.
And, rebuilding ought not to be considered an exclusive consideration for Abaco and Grand Bahama.
Perhaps those areas should take on a certain priority and urgency, but the entire Bahamas can work simultaneously on fortifying itself against such catastrophes.
Again, our efforts ought not to be considered in material terms alone. A new and improved mindset needs to accompany all restructuring for moving forward, upward, onward, together.
Are we really ready for moving beyond that linear thinking paradigm of “either this way, or that way”? Could the notion of perhaps “this way, and that way” be explored? We all will attest that too many cooks spoil the broth, but togetherness in organized ways will bring totally different outcomes.
In this recent march toward that common, loftier goal, special care must be taken to guard against self-inflicted wounds. By that, I refer to idle words.
Just about everyone has a smartphone these days. Just about everyone is on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.
These devices can both help and harm, just as a knife and so many other things can and do.
No, you might not stab a person with a cell phone, but some of its damage might be just as dangerous.
The amount of malicious and/or deceptive online postings since Dorian’s passage have been phenomenal. No doubt, it has not yet abated.
So, it’s really up to each individual, Bahamian and non-Bahamian, to refrain from adding fuel to those fires of mischief and ulterior-motive agendas.
Can we be guided by the principle that when we have something positive and worthwhile to contribute, by all means, speak up?
Get some genuinely good news, share it. Learn from each other.
Otherwise, when there is doubt about something received being truly beneficial, then silence (delete) should be golden.
It should, indeed, be as golden as that golden rule. We can make that gold in our flag more valuable than the precious metal, when we take The Bahamas from where it now is to where it needs to be, should we ever see the likes of Dorian again.
Lift up your head to the rising sun, Bahamaland.
Let the recent tragedy of the storm be but a cause for us all to truly live out those immortal words in our national anthem, rather than sow seeds of destruction, more catastrophic than any Dorian.
It’s up to you!