June 2, 2014 Obara Meji 30Comment

 

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Money is a international currency that people use in exchange for goods all over the world, however not to sound cliche, “The love of money is the root of all evil”. It has been reported that lottery winners, most of them  after the win horrible things happen to them, such as the case with a gentleman in Florida who was killed and all that he had acquired after the win stolen from him. People have been known to kill their spouses because of money, and in the world of dark magic the most often request is money rituals, which is never a good thing to do. People, through their greed and their lust for money have created a demon, unleashed upon the world, terrible and uncontrollable. The main focus of the slave trade was not the hatred of a race, but rather for the acquisition of more money. Jewish and Muslim marriages, the incentive of the groom taking the bride is the Dowry, or the possibility of these two families coming together to secure wealth, thus making the marriage a financial contract, rather than a love match. Through out time wars have been started because of money, people lose their lives for it and families have betrayed each other for money, even the Christ was sold out for the same. Men have been convicted for money and innocent people jailed because of it. Money makes people stay into marriages they would rather have left long ago and children kill their siblings and parents, and rich old men are able to buy child brides and old cougars have their pick of the litter because of it. Children starve all over the world for lack of money and people die from not being able to be treated for an illness or afford medication for the same reasons.

Without money it is hard to live in this world. Everything requires some kind of currency, and so the whole world is caught up with the obsession of chasing the gold and unfortunately the world is full of rich men and women who are lost spiritually. Yet the obsession and the drive for more money is the main objective for these people. Even Mother Theresa has been exposed by Penn and Teller in their Holier than you You Tube Video for her mis-use of funds given to her for her mission, Mother Theresa? yes, Mother Theresa, watch this  , Very funny I must say. The oldest profession in the world, prostitution, was based on the need for money and everyday people do unimaginable things for money even people being gay for pay, can you imagine! At age 76, Bernie Madoff has been sentenced to 150 years in prison for his Ponzi Scheme of robbing thousands of people of their life savings. There are people who are embarrassed to go to church because they cannot afford an offering. What to do when the dreaded collection plate is thrust in your face and you have nothing to put into it. Regardless if this is church, it still does not alleviate the shame you feel not being able to contribute to the church building fund or whatever the Pastor has thought up to beg for this week.

The world is set up so that no one can do anything without money, everything has a price tag, and it is also set up to keep the bulk of it among a certain class of people. What is Kim Kardashian’s claim to fame again?  People are measured in life and respected because of their  financial worth.  Noses are turned up and human beings dismissed and cast aside, demeaned, degraded, humiliated. debased, shamed, discredited and devalued for the lack of money. Money is the medium by which one measures worldly success. This one thing, rules the world. It matters not where you go in the world, it is the same. Humanity walks in the shadow of money, fighting for who will hold its frocks  helm as it travels the world, like servants waiting on its master, as Renfield to Count Dracula, hoping t be singled out and acknowledged. How sad. Religious houses preaches peace, love and unity, but titles and recognition are given out depending on the pocket or the contributions made.

I was once upon at a time in my life the Leadress of a Zion church. The Bishop of the church was a woman of whom I was quite fond of. She had a tin Milo can which she called “the Pan” and she  would pull it out in the middle of church and shake it as she walked around shoving it in all our faces. I had a hair salon at the time, so I always contributed to the “Pan”, but there were other people who came to church every week faithfully, but most often did not have anything to put there. The Bishop and I were close at the time, and after church she would as we Jamaicans say “chat de people dem”, speak badly about the ones who could not afford to contribute to the church “Pan”. One day two strangers arrived, a man and a woman. They worshiped with us that Sunday and was welcomed by all. After service the gentleman met with the Bishop privately and gave some money toward the church, and by the next week he was in attendance again. I knew the man and the woman, although we were not friends, I had met them in another church before I began attending this one, so we would just say the customary “Hi” and kept it moving, but what I knew was that they were both married to other people and living with their spouses but also having an affair with each other. This I told to the Bishop, (when she asked me if I knew them) who did not seem to mind at all and soon both people became regulars in attendance to our church. They never contributed to the “Pan”, they made their contributions sealed in a pristine white envelope, and it was always handed to the Bishop in view of all, her receiving it with a wide toothy grin. After about three weeks of coming to the church the man and his lover were anointed Deacon and Deaconess, moving the from sitting in regular seats to their position on the Altar where the Bishop preached from every Sunday.

This sudden elevation in tittle to these new comers, sparked a feud between some of the members who had been loyal members of the church and have never been acknowledged, much less given any position for them to be afforded the pleasure of sitting on the holy Altar, which the Bishop only allowed me and Pastor Smith to enter. Me, because I was the Leadress of the church, and as such I spiritually watched over the church and guarded it from any negative spiritual attacks (Obeah), and assisted those who may become possessed come back to themselves without harm. I held the message of the church, so my position was a well respected one.  When their displeasure was brought to the Bishop ears, she stood her ground and spoke to them in harsh terms that her new Deacons assisted the church financially and if they wanted recognition they had to start doing better, leave or leave her alone. I was not apart of the meeting, I was already disappointed in her and the way she treated her members, and also Africa was calling me, so I was on my way out, not only her church but away from Christianity period! Her members stayed with her for a while, but after I had heeded to the call of Africa and Orisha, I heard that the church had lost all its members and she was left all by herself.

Although we know what money is and how it is needed to survive, we must try not to loose our way because of it. There is nothing wrong when you pray, to pray for prosperity or even to ask the Divine for money to assist you, but what you must try, try to do, is to keep your dignity, and to honor others regardless of their financial position. When money comes to your life, think about others, learn to share. Do not allow it to consume your whole being or change you in any way. What I know for sure, is that the more you honor another persons spirit based upon who they are, regardless of position, titles, power, wealth, education, race, color, creed, you honor not only yourself but also your ancestors. Meditation is needed so that you can center yourself to accept your monetary wealth, if in life you are one of those who will be or have been blessed to have more than the other. This is hard to accept for those who have suffered or is suffering in life but what I am bout to tell you is true. Last night I was having a conversation with my youngest daughter, we were talking about life in general, somehow the conversation went to us discussing God and his interaction with us, or something like that, I don’t quite remember, however she told me that she was watching Oprah Winfrey’s  Legend Ball, and how these black women singers were just passing the mic and singing church songs and she said it so touching and spiritual.

She said that our people seem to be so powerfully spiritual, so deeply connected to God it was amazing to watch and hear them sing, the energy was so powerful. I told her that when I think about it, I believe that God allowed our race to go through the slave holocaust, regardless of our suffering so that he could keep us close. This was done, allowed to happen to a whole race of people under His watch, and even though it has been abolished, we are still looked down upon, jailed, kept in poverty, scorned, discriminated against by everyone, devalued, segregated, dehumanized, yet still we stand tall in the face of all our oppressors holding onto our faith, strong . We have kept close to God and we have the innate ability in song and reverence to charge the air and raise the energy when we cry out to him, pulling from deep within language unknown to the human ears, allowing us to communicate to our Lord in a very deep spiritual way. Regardless of what we have been through we have not lost our way.

The hatred the other races have against us, we do not have it for them. I am in no way saying that the Slave holocaust was a good thing, but as with everything there is a great Spiritual meaning behind it. Even while enslaved, singing and honoring God kept us through. I told her that there are people who God gives just enough to survive, nothing more, just enough to pay the bills and feed the children and survive, these are those who God has found worthy and know that if they are given wealth in the most lavish way or more that what they are given now, they would stray, be lost in the material world, not remembering God. Often times our situation dictates us remembering God. There are those who grew up poor and so when they find wealth, they are able to appreciate it and assist others, they have been through rough times in life so their new found wealth only enhances their resolve in helping their fellow human beings. Love is even more powerful than money.

 

Ml  l lr nwj in.
A cow may not boast in the presence of a horse….Yoruba Proverb!
(One should acknowledge and defer to those better able than oneself.)

 

Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.

Benjamin Franklin

Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.

Nelson Mandela

 

Bottom line is, I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune. I’ve been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn’t going to let it ruin my life. There’s no way you could ever spend it all, and I don’t view wealth as something that validates my intelligence.

Steve Jobs

 

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.

John Ruskin

 

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Ty, from time to time the banks have an account set up to help some unfortunate persons. So you can call NCB or BNS and send some frunds there.

Obara, if your posts get short, we would feel cheated. LOL you have set a standard. We are learning thats why we come here everyday. It shows your depth of knowledge (btw, yu nuh hear sey wi a print,write dung inna book hetc, hetc).

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Morning everyone. Ty, have heard great things about Crayon Counts.

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Pleasant morning to all…

Yes Mth, me too…here we can donate thru food for the poor to crayons count…I usually give to shaggy foundation but will give to crayon counts this time…my tithe…

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Ty, dats why mi come bloog every day an kip unno company. Ty, mi sey di wata setting wid di immaculate kipping of di house an di dream dem tun up.

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Yes honey…it tun up…me a go give a donation to crayon counts a ja…

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Manners all, did a work all day, it was very busy, the fasting a bring down work, I cannot complain because I need the money…I do believe that when we get lots of money we are to give back to the less fortunate…I admire celebrities like Didier Drogba, Ivory Coast soccer player who donates more of his income than he takes home…Oprah because of how many she helps…

Even when we cannot give money, we can give our time, prayers, kind words, a smile, a joke, a meal or our expertise …this I believe is tithing, not dropping money in a collection plate every Sunday…

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Like me and de pan Ty, lol you are correct give in anyway you can it die have to be money, we missed you today, but plenty work is goid

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Herbert Gayle: Facing down danger to study violence
This is an article I found on the net about Dr. Gayle.

BY PETRE WILLIAMS-RAYNOR Career & Education editor [email protected]
Sunday, November 28, 2010

HE’S been shot at by police, had guns pulled on him by gangsters and been made to ‘kiss’ a concrete pavement. Yet, there are few things as precious to Dr Herbert Gayle as his work as an anthropologist of social violence.

“The anthropology of social violence is an examination of violence through a close relationship with the participants… It means living with and/or having a friendly relationship with the perpetrators of violence, who can turn around and harm you,” Gayle told Career & Education.

“The focus is on the actor, on why he did it (the violent act) and how we can stop him and other persons from committing that kind of crime,” added the man, who has done 44 pieces of research, 25 of them on violence — and all of which have taken him to Europe, the US, Central America, and across the Caribbean.

He is the first to admit to the perils of his work as a researcher. They have been evident, almost from day one, as he tells it.

“The second major study (I did) would have been 1994 — the socialisation project under Professor Barry Chevannes. I was walking on an empty road (in a community we were studying) and getting concerned as to why the road was so empty. I did not have the Kingston common sense to know that you shouldn’t be taking the time to be concerned, you should be disappearing off the road too,” said the Westmoreland native.

“Somebody just stay over a yard and seh ‘yuh a idiot? Wha yuh a duh pon the road?’ (It was then I noticed) there was a vehicle down at the end of the lane with guns mounted. But he (the voice from behind the fence) was already on the road and helping me over the fence. When he came out (to help), the gate lock back, so he literally threw me over the fence, jumped over after me, and used his body to shield me,” added Gayle, who also lectures at the University of the West Indies (UWI).

Later, when he asked the young man why he had helped him, the youth responded: ‘Boy, yuh come from UWI so your life is more valuable than mine.’

“Right there I decided I wanted to study violence. In fact, I told Professor Chevannes that somebody has to study this group of people to be able to understand why it is that he, from life experiences, would suggest that as a UWI student, my life was worth more than his,” said Gayle, 44, and a married father of two.

The opportunity to make good on his decision soon came.

“In 2000, some Scotland Yard people came to have a meeting with the Faculty of Social Sciences (at the UWI). They pointed out that Scotland Yard did not have the answers for why Jamaicans, as a single group, accounted for more gun violence than any other ethnic group in London. Between 1993 and 1999, black shooting victims accounted for 56 per cent of all firearm victims while accounting for only 7.5 per cent of the Metropolitan Police Service population (London). Jamaicans were among the primary suspects of these firearm homicides,” Gayle recalls.

“The three boroughs with the high Jamaican presence at the time — Lambeth, Brent and Hackney — accounted for 37 per cent of all firearm homicides at the time and there are 33 boroughs in London. So Scotland Yard wanted to know why Jamaicans would be so peculiar and they didn’t have the answer. They were asking whether or not we could provide the answer. Professor Chevannes looked at me and said, ‘well, there is your PhD,” he added.

And so he went to the University of Wales, Swansea, with the subject of his Master of Philosophy paper “Urban poverty and violence: a study of selected inner-city communities in Jamaica and Britain”.

“The idea was to study two low-violence communities and two high-violence communities and see the differences between them to determine how it is that some could be low-violence and others high-violence though they are all poor,” explained Gayle.

That work fed into his PhD, which saw him engaged in some eight years of fieldwork in Jamaica and the UK, and classroom studies at the University of London from where he earned his doctorate.

He shared with Career & Education some of the ‘scrapes’ in which he found himself during and since that time.

“I had a case where a group of police officers stormed a community I was in with the group in which I was located. I had to run with everybody else and eventually had to kick off a door and jump into bed with the people who were ‘making out’ at the time. I had to pay for the door, too, the following day,” he said, chuckling at the memory.

“My worse situation, though, was in Britain when the police slammed me against the concrete pavement. I had heard the sirens and was wondering who they were looking for. I took out my notebook to document what was happening and I was one of the persons they were rounding up,” Gayle added, noting that he injured his mouth as he made contact with the pavement.

He was later released after establishing that he was a researcher.

At the same time, he said, gang members have pulled guns on him “but then they realised (it was me) and apologised”.

Despite the danger he has had to face, Gayle insists that being an anthropologist of social violence is his life’s work, the thing he was called to do. Besides, he said there are steps one can take to help safeguard one’s security.

The first order of business is to get clearance from the man in charge of any group/community one intends to study.

“I start from the top since once the top says you are safe, the members know you are safe. So always make sure that the boss knows what you are about,” Gayle said. “When I am working in certain areas, I (also) normally inform the police I am working there, and I inform the gangs that I have informed the police so nobody has any shock. People hurt you when they are frightened.”

Showing people respect, he noted, is especially important — as is training in sensing danger.

“Detecting danger is not just about common sense. There are actually specific things to look for. For example, if a group of persons are walking towards you, it is important to know who is armed and (gauge) their intent from their faces,” Gayle said.

And finally, he said, stay focused on the task at hand: collecting data with a view to understanding and thereby preventing violence.

Anthropologists of social violence — and in particular those individuals overseas with extensive published research — can make up to US$100,000 per annum, and between US$1,000 and US$5,000 for small consultancies.

Still, Gayle said the potential earnings did not in anyway justify the risks involved. The justification, he said, is the information gleaned to help arrest the problem of crime and violence in communities.

He has urged anyone with an interest in the field to be clear on what the challenges are, while recognising that the academic requirements are expensive and time-consuming.

“I always tell people, ‘don’t get emotional and want to become me overnight. This is me after 44 major studies, 25 of them focused on violence. You (probably) won’t want to be here after five studies… I think (the cricketer Courtney) Walsh said it best; he said everybody wants his records but nobody wants his ducks,” Gayle said. “My (PhD) training took eight years. There is also the cost factor; I studied at the University of London (where) a PhD like this would run you quarter of a million US for tuition and living expenses. I lived on scholarships and worked and studied and everything.”

Nevertheless, Gayle said it is a field that needs more people.

“It is an urgently needed field. I would be happy to see half a dozen more persons in Jamaica take the study of social violence more seriously and get involved… If we are going to bring this thing (crime and violence) down, we are going to need the expertise,” he said.

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Yes Miss Lady…Since we here teaching & learning….I want your readers to know that if they didnt enter themselves in a raffle/bought a ticket how the heck are they going to send money to claim a prize. If you have won a prize, there is no way you would be required to pay to claim it. People dont be fooled. Our dear politicianJulian Robinson had to go overseas to meet with a delegate in the US to speak ofn what is done/will be done to stop the illicit lottery scamming trade.

You know what hurts me? Some people would never spend the money on themselves (take a vacation, up date their vehicles, give relatives/friend/charities) but they take it up and send to a foreign country to claim a prize.

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Obara, I am 1M% against scamming. Dr. Herbert Gayle did a study and the ‘marginalized youths’ say that they would rather do their illegal acts and shime bright like a 100 watt bulb and die early (24) than to like an do regular 9-5 and shine like a 60 watt bulb and die older (60s).

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Just read Pg 3 of the Jamaican Gleaner Newspaper “Aling American Stopped Ay Airport With US$10,000′ which read in part:-

‘The cruel underbelly of the illicit lottery scam came to the fore at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay yesterday when a 54 Year old wheel-chair mobile American, who is suffering from through advanced Parkinson’s disease and diminished mental health capacity, was intercepted with close to US$10,000 which he brought into the island to pay a ‘scammer’ to claim a fictious lottery prize.

Howeverm thanks to a sting operation carried out by the local Custom Enforcement Team (CET) and the Anti-Lottery Scam Task Force at the airport, three men including an 18 year-old , who is believed to be the mastermind, were held and taken into police custody. The trio are from Spicy Hill district in Trelawny.’

Now people a put it yo unno? 18 year old bwoy gi up him freedom fi likkle ova 1 million dollars? secondly how dem di a guh explain to the sick man sey him nuh have nuh winnings, thirdly how dem di propose to care for this man. Now on di edda hand, man nuh buy nuh lottery ticket and expect fi claim winnings in a nedda country…Jesus stop yah suh if yu nuh too busy…

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The number 3…Thefootball guy was just as famous. The startling was that they were all in their 80s (86, 85, 88). Seet deh..

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An because dem neva have Embracing Spirituallity fi help guide them.

I know that every single person int his world wants to be able to take of themselves and their families. A nat a thing wrang wid dat. Obara, people say money makes the world go round…this might be true but have we ever stopped to just look at some successful people who have had it all and lost it. MC Hammer, TLC, Toni Braxton, heard rumblings about Whitney and Michael Jackson.

Mek a give yu a joke…I used to work in HR for a very reptuable firm in Jamaica. I would be the ones to call people for interview and also call them when they got the jobs. I remember this one particular young miss would send in application upon application. We interviewed and ask her what was her expected salary. A ‘fair’ salary at the time was $45,000 (JAD) per month. The company’s rate was $70k per month. She was getting $25k more that she had written down as her expected salary. You know shortly after she got the job with way more money than she expected. She started to get hype nad no longercould she survive on the $70k… Then I shook my head and I said to myself, not so long ago she would have given an arm and a leg to get $45k now $70k cant hold her.

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Obara, back in the late 90s, early 2000s I watch regular guys became wealthy as a result of the drug trade. See men forget their families, even their own mothers. They lived the high life for a while…Now I see some with not even a pot to piss in. Buju had a song called deportee that accurately described a young’s journey to American and forgot his roots.

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Speaking on Miss Nene, the rich bitch. I applaud her from moving from the poles to making something of herself, but the general self-righteous attitude and her need to brag about her wealth. I don’t think that one person can end world suffering, but some ppl can do more to end other ppl’s suffering. It behoves me, how some of the celebrities have these mega-mansion and its just them alone live (Kenya and Porsha, I’m looking at you).

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I am not against anyone and what they have achieved. However, to me it is just so sad to see how some in Hollywood live. $50k hand bags and there are so much suffering around.

I see how politicians misappropriate the funds they are entrusted with. I HATE, HATE to see how some pastors live and their congregation is suffering. What I have a problem with is that they almost string you up to pay your tithes (10% of your gross salary). Yet when you fill out the form and if couple weeks come and you do not contribute (because you have lost your job), they dont call to see what is happening with you.

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