Posts Tagged ‘Wealth’

Let’s talk about Jamaica or better yet, “Mek we talk bout Jamaica!”

As known to the world, Jamaica is one of Earth’s most beautiful countries, as far as landscape goes, and could be discussed to amazed adventurers and Bucket List tourists, in more than a million ways. And it is true, no photoshop edits and no hidden disclaimers are to its advertised beauty; Jamaica is simply a natural beautiful place.

But Jamaica is equally ugly among its inhabitants. This beautiful gem has been suffering for years from the gridlock of corruption.

For a Country, which is one of the world’s most desired and go-to tourist destinations, raking in millions of dollars annually, most of its residing residents continue to live below poverty line, resulting in frustration, aggression and an often render to crime and violence as solutions.

Still, this ugly nature within the island has never been successful in dimming the light of beauty which this country is made up of.

Warmth, kindness and friendly smiles remain unmoved from the faces of the majority; Jamaicans, who are proud to call this island, “The Land of My Birth” or simply “home”.

Let’s talk about Jamaica, its history, its current affairs, its culture, its changes. Mek We Talk Bout Jamaica, because a fi we place, whether we are there or temporarily living abroad. Let’s discuss every little issue as means of making our opinions heard as an influence of direction. Mek We Talk Bout Jamaica to show that we care. It’s simple: I talk about an issue, you agree or disagree, comment to start a reasoning because each one, teach one. And don’t forget to subscribe.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2019


Relationship: such a simple word, but when put under a scope for scrutiny, its definition broadens beyond its every-day usage.

Simply put, a relationship is a union of two or more by inheritance and or choice.

Various combinations claim its title and most are uncontested, simply because it is one of life’s statuses which, in most cases, do not require our permissions.

Topping that chart are parents, children and relatives, while Chosen Relationships, which can also be a sub-category for Inherited Relationships are usually friendships, associations by occupations, schools, neighbourhood, marriages etc.

All the above have been pleasantly accepted by societies for generations, stemming from rich roots of intended decency.

Still, not all relationships are pleasant; despite being inherited or chosen, relationships have proven that they can be as equally ugly as they can be beautiful. So, do consider the fact that relationships can be a union of pain and torment, and for this reason, more or less, some relationships are placed on a “Do Not Like” list.

When being used, the ugliness is commonly excluded and only its pleasantry is usually regarded.

For this reason, the apparent pleasantry was put under a scope and revealed the astonishing question of “What pleasantry?”

It appears that over time, despite having unique purposes and strengths, most relationships have been persuaded by the ethics and framework of Business Relationship.

Relationships of all categories are gradually becoming commodities with a price tag, assets for sale, and worst of all, relationships are available on bargains, i.e. “If the price is right.”

If you were born after the 1980s, chances are that the definition of moral values is fictitious, to you, and is seen as a notion of motion-picture-make-believe or the works of fantasy writers.

A concept which became the new normal before forging itself as being real.

The old and wise, somewhere down the line, either became lazy and uninterested in passing the torch of knowledge onto the newborns or maybe they wickedly conspired to corrupt future generations by ridding all values of morality, including the wealth of health, i.e. Relationship.

Unity is strength and strength creates the possibility of wealth, in every aspect; thus, without unity… without relationships, we are weak.

Relationships are now considered assets of affordability, where quality and service vary by price.

Research has shown that only a small percentage of the human population still maintains relationships of ethics, moral values and true love, which are not being influenced by personal benefits, other than the mere union of other humans.

These relationships are mostly found in undeveloped regions of the world, with a flickering few still in modern societies and faces a threat to decline as modernization infiltrates.

These findings created a questionnaire:

“How many relationships do you have?”
“Are they really free of cost?”
“Are you paying for your relationships?”
“If your ability to give was immediately removed, how many of your relationships would still exist?”

© Ian T. Sebàs 2017

© Ian T. Sebàs

Recently, I was captioned on national television, saying that a minor dispute which escalated into criminal charges, was racially motivated, and the statement led to questions about a previous racial/unemployment fiasco which headlined Swiss media in February 2016.

I was accused of using the race card on both occasions; “the poor black man”“pity me” escape route, insinuations which I found to be both insulting and humorous, considering that in my entire life of living on different continents, I have never before experienced any racial prejudice; therefore, I never had a need to describe any exceptional treatment as “it’s because I am black”.

The issue which headlined the Swiss newspaper in February of 2016 attracted racial point of views, beyond my control; after applying for hundreds of jobs and failed to secure an interview, I simply devised a strategy of eliminating points.

First, I eliminated some of my qualifications, in an attempt to not be seen as overqualified, which resulted the same as before, then I eliminated my photograph, and the result again remained the same, thirdly and lastly, I decided to replace the photograph with a face of Caucasian origin.
In my position, the process of elimination was simply to learn what were the causes behind my unperceivable experience of unemployment. It was like going fishing, where each elimination worked as a bait and fortunately or unfortunately, switching the photographs gave me the answer; it may not have been the answer I wanted, but it clearly said “I was not white!”

The media did not air my first and second process of elimination attempts because they were not deemed as interesting headlines; instead, they ran with the more attractive black and white story.

The story was a hit and thousands of people took to the stage and made their comments; some applauded the exposure, others criticized it, while some found shame in the reality and I received my answer and remained jobless because, unfortunately, I cannot change my skin colour nor the ways of my society.

Again, like a magnet to the media, a few months later, I was being interviewed by journalists. And despite saying a whole lot, I was broadcast saying “I think the problem is of racism”.
Racism does not necessarily mean that someone hates me because I am black, racism can also mean that I am being treated differently as a reflection of my colour, culture or origin.

In the matter where my opinion referenced to the suspicion of racial motivation, the reasons were far more substantial than just pigmentation differences. And although the difference in pigmentation and origins might have been the main reasons behind the prejudicial motivation, it was a history of collective incidents combined with the black and white fact, which brought me to my conclusion.

All differences aside, when I was a young boy playing neighbourhood football, we always formed temporary teams by selecting boys whom were considered to be the better players, and with exercised prejudice, we often refused one or two available boys.
This was not racism, considering that we were all black, but it was prejudice, despite our reasons.

As children, there were no laws against such action, but as adults, living in active multicultural societies, treating someone differently, for reasons of colour or origin can be considered as a crime.

The allegation of using the race card will fit me like a glove, because it has been statistically proven that Blacks use the race card more than Whites; no different than a rape claim, it is customary and accepted for females to claim rape, while it is unacceptable and shunned if the claim is made by a male.

A black man saying, “it is racist” will create a buzz of mixed feedback, while if a white man says the same, regardless of it being true, he would probably be ridiculed.

These facts are put down to the way our world is designed to work. Architecture 101 is what I call it – foundation, body and roof.

Living in Europe, a designed society like most, Architecture 101 is in full effect. It is a design which allows a system to successfully rotate on an axle without interruption, resulting in financial stability and economic satisfaction.
The system works like any other, which is consisted of multiple components, but instead of electrons, people are the acting components and like components, each has a designated role.

And it is these designated roles which often trigger allegations of racism and prejudice. The designed system often reserves gainful allotments for individuals, based on their origins rather than on their expertise, this way the rotation remains balanced without interruption.

Example: If a national of a third world country lives and work in a first world country, there exist a guarantee advantage: The financial exchange rate will allow him a status of wealth, in his native land, in half of the time of the average person in his new found land. And although his savings would be legal, his remittances could interrupt the balance of the system; therefore, in order to stay within the guidelines of law and maintain the required balance, a method to suppress his earnings must be enforced.
A national of a first world country has no advantage in financial exchange rates; therefore, poses no threat to the system. Unlike the third world national, who might return home one day, a first world national’s money stays within the required boundaries.

It is no difference than walking into a casino that takes pride in the notion of ‘the house always wins’; if someone hits a big jackpot in a casino, after his or her first gambling attempt, and decides to risk no more, you can bet that such a win will affect the balance of the business.

But if he or she wins and continues to gamble, the house will be satisfied because there are a million ways to get back that money, legally.

In a first world country, a third world national, who sends money back home to invest and or build a home is seen as the winner, who walks out of the casino and the first world national is the winner, who stays in the casino.

In order to not have ambitious thirds world nationals taking advantage of this faster track to an easier life, a deprivation of Grade-A employment positions is one of the keys in place.
And although, its purpose has a clear reason, it is indisputably a method of prejudice.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2016

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