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Too much complaining

We often spend so much of our time complaining that we pay little attention to doing.

We complain about the economy. We complain about governments. We complain about the church. We complain about our educational system. We complain about our environment. We complain about our jobs. We basically consume ourselves with negativity.

But sometimes it would be prudent, as Barbadians, to pause, look at what we have and what we have achieved and compare our lot to that of others. We should consider whether we have reached this juncture in our history through a surfeit of complaints.

Of course, this is not to suggest that where problems crop up in our society from time to time that we should remain mute. But griping about situations, great or small, is seldom accompanied by suggestions for solutions to those ills. We infrequently see complainers or those immersed in inertia save the day.

We recall some years before the advent of the world economic crisis that a consortium which included Jada Builders, Rotherley Construction, Rayside Construction, C.O. Williams Construction, Williams Industries, FirstCaribbean Internatonal Bank and Barbados National Bank, made a bid for the construction of the prison at Dodds, St. Philip. They eventually lost that bid to the foreign entity, VECO. That BOLT arrangement would have been a sound, win-win investment for the consortium.

We juxtapose that scenario with images of Professor Avinash Persaud scurrying here, there and everywhere seeking investors to get the stalled Four Seasons project up and running again. To date we have heard of no local consortium willing to take that financial plunge into Four Seasons. Of course, this is a harsh economic environment with different financial permutations involved compared to Dodds’ virtual built-in guarantees.

We point no accusatorial finger against the companies mentioned and place no obligations at their doors. We mention them because it is a matter of public record. The greater point we make is that an improved economic environment and the stimulation that we seek will not materialise unless there is some degree of domestic investment risk.

There will be no economic improvement generated by columnists, apologists, nihilists, profit stockpilers, boys stapled to the blocks or by those who make complaining an art-form.

During the hurricane season, and sometimes out of it, we get complaints from communities about flooding.

2 Responses to Too much complaining

  1. freeagent June 7, 2013 at 7:51 am

    The writer of this editorial seems to have read my mind this morning as I thought of the goings on in this beautiful island of Barbados. Tourists pay thousands of dollars to come and enjoy our island and its hospitable residents, but we, the residents, are always complaining. Let us stop the complaining and examine some of the reasons for the situation in which we find ourselves.

    We fail to pray to JEHOVAH JIREH, who has promised that he will meet all of our needs. We are living lifestyles that JEHOVAH condemned, yet we are complaining that things are hard. Some of us have thousands of dollars lying in the commercial banks, but we are waiting for ‘foreigners’ to invest their money to make us happy.
    Fellow Barbadians, this is time to pray and look to JEHOVAh, who is the author of everyone and everything.

    May God continue to bless this island Barbados.

  2. Angela June 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    We complain because we’ve not learned to take responsibility for our actions and emotions.
    We run to God “help me Lord” last time I checked, God helped those who helped themselves and right now Bajans don’t help each other at all. There’s no reason for poverty in Barbados. If your neighbor doesn’t have and you have, share!

    We also need to start taking responsibility for our actions when we take responsibility we stop allowing “life” to “happen” and thus we “create” Stop with the victim mentality, it’s draining!

    Encourage and uplift each other and grow and nurture your communities so that ALL prosper.


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