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Stop the hypocrisy

Sunday, January 16, 2011

 I have been watching the debate on the issue regarding the priest putting out a band for Carnival. I listened and read alot of the comments for and against this act. It seems to me that the level of hypocrisy in Trinidad is so high that no one seems to see the clear picture now. Are our thinkers heads so in the clouds that rational is really subject to convenient reasoning. The crux of the matter is the ideology of Carnival and what it brings about. 

What puzzles me is that those who are Catholics, Anglicans and the like have been hosting “All inclusive fetes” for years, using Carnival and all her tentacles as attraction so that money can be raised to further the works of the school and by extension the church it represents! Isn’t the principle the same. These fetes include music (and the few I have been to there was no classical music being played and it was, I was too drunk from all the alcohol available to notice!) costumes, revelry, dancing and gluttony, all associated with Carnival?  

So want makes it different if parishioners choose to parade for two days on the streets. They will be listening to the same music, eating the same food and dancing in like manner?  Maybe we don’t want to look at that because the millions of precious dollars that will be lost can be afforded at this moment!  How hypocritical can this society be. And this is not limited to the Catholics and Anglicans. If people are so self-righteous and adamant about this topic then they should look at how they support this type of behaviour. 

Do any of their children attend these schools that benefit tremendously from these fetes and the like, and I am sure they can boast about it since it is an obvious stereotype that these “Board Schools” are considered better than the Government run schools. People should not turn a blind eye when it comes to money. 

That is a major reason our society is in the predicament it is in now. The mighty dollar has caused us to compromise everything and when we cannot rationalise it anymore we begin to see the demon in it. My take is that the church is already involved deeply in Carnival and unless they can totally disassociate themselves with the practice, and maintain their original function in the scheme of things then, who want to play Mas, whether it be a priest or pauper. Let the PEOPLE PLAY!


Ryan Martinez

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