Article by Dr. Aldon D. Tull
“Great moral leadership” is how Barbados’ Ambassador Charles Morris described the speech made by Mia Mottley, PM of Barbados, at the 2021 UN COP global warming – excuse me – climate change conference held in Scotland, the home of golfing.
This was after the Archbishop of Canterbury had inserted his piece adulating yet another of the PM’s impassioned speeches on climate change.
Mr. Morris, being a man of the cloth himself, would find it hard to resist speaking up for his government following the Archbishop and secondly in support of his PM, in whom he moves and has his political being.
In case you are wondering or forgetting who Ambassador Charles Morris is, take note that he is the former Bajan Anglican priest and teacher who lambasted Bajan Pentecostals for not going soft (pun intended) on same-sex marriages and homosexuality in Barbados.
The Archbishop, being British and all that that entails, might be forgiven for the use of the word “moral” in describing the PM’s leadership on two counts. He does not live in Barbados and the English language is, well…the English language!
English is perhaps the most ambiguity-generating, meaning-obliterating language on the planet. Add “-ed” to any noun, post once, share thrice and presto, we have a new word.
More publishing power to Collins and Mirriam-Webster!
However, I do concur with those who would argue that this nuancetic (I just made up that) feature of the English language is what makes it so…rich!
When one can use a single word to have multiple denotations and connotations, we can easily understand why Wikipedia frequently attempted to “disambiguate” words and concepts.
Incidentally, I understand that the original creators of Wikipedia have abandoned it after discovering that Chinese hackers had wormed their way into that online reference, much beloved by lazy, plagiarizing students.
Bajans should not be alarmed too much when, knowing what they know, the term “moral leadership” is applied in the context under discussion. It is just the English language.
Members of the “moral minority” (a snide phrase made popular in Barbados by Sir Johnny Cheltenham) should not be hard on themselves for raising an eyebrow or curling a lip at such an idea after the recent insinuations around her involvement with Mark Maloney, especially with regard to the Astra Zeneca vaccine procurement debacle. One more time: it is just the English language.
Life versus Art
The British have given us some great poems and sayings which regrettably, have been lost on a generation of miseducated – or at best, under-educated people, who have been told to reject lock, stock and barrel anything that remotely reminds us of our colonial past, irrespective of whether it contains anything from which we can learn.
It is not the first time we have been miseducated as Carter G. Woodson argued in his book The Miseducation of the Negro which can be perused here free of charge, compliments the Journal of Pan African Studies.
Mindlessly, we continue to throw out the baby, bathwater and umbilical cord because the IPPF – or historians in this case – say it is “cool” to do so.
“A stitch in time saves nine” and it is the “little foxes that spoil the vines” mean nothing to most of the Facebook-liking, Instagram-scrolling, statue-toppling generation whether here in Barbados or in the USA.
The world in which we live is truly inverted and screwed up. But this near dystopian state has been envisaged for quite some time.
In the stanzas of Topsy Turvey World, we have a time machine and virtual mirror of sorts. It is a poem that was recited by children here in Barbados at school graduations (“speech days”) to guaranteed applause and enviable encores. If you have never read it before, here it is minus the chorus which you can peruse later:
Topsy Turvey World
by William Brighty Rands
If the butterfly courted the bee,
And the owl the porcupine;
If churches were built in the sea,
And three times one was nine;
If the pony rode his master,
If the buttercups ate the cows,
If the cats had the dire disaster
To be worried, sir, by the mouse;
If mamma, sir, sold the baby
To a gypsy for half a crown;
If a gentleman, sir, was a lady,—
The world would be Upside-down!
If any or all of these wonders
Should ever come about,
I should not consider them blunders,
For I should be Inside-out!
Source: POETRY FOUNDATION
Forgive my French but, if you understand the spirit of the poem, how the heck can life imitate art so closely? More to the point, how can art produced hundreds of years ago project modern life so closely? As the British might say, “Blimey!”
Sorry to spoil your fun but it would be remiss of me not to interrupt this blogcast and tell you that a greater than William Brighty Rands is here and that He says this of the days in which we live:
[Jesus speaking] “Except those days be shortened the very elect would be deceived”. Matthew 24:22 BSB
Focus on the word “deceived”. Logon to www.biblehub and do a search for “deception” or “deceive” and count how many times we have been warned about the ogre of deception.
As a Marketing specialist, I have to tell you that the deeper, perception-altering aspects of Marketing scare me. I have actually refused consulting jobs because I understand the power of what I call “deep marketing”; marketing that alters one’s discernment of what one “sees”.
Lest we forget: deep, perception-altering, deceptive marketing is what caused the downfall of the human race:
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Genesis 3:6 NIV
“Saw”? Hello! Eve had already “seen” the fruit many times before. So let us disambiguate this.
Go back several verses in the same passage and you will discover that as used here, the word actually means or connotes (as the grammarians might say) “perceived”. In other words, Eve’s perception of the tree had been altered by what we might call the first “deep state” marketer.
Given the modern technology we have and Facebook’s planned deep dive into VR (virtual reality) as “Meta”, warnings about deception should be taken seriously.
The Truth (that is, Jesus himself) should be sought out, embraced and allowed to pulsate through our spiritual veins thus imparting 20-20 vision to our eyes because the time is coming, indeed is now upon us, when you will really have to ask if seeing is believing.
Back in 1795 Lewis Carrol, another British poet, questioned the reality of what we see. In a Strange Wild Song he penned:
He thought he saw a Banker’s Clerk
Descending from the bus:
He looked again, and found it was
‘If this should stay to dine,’ he said,
‘There won’t be much for us!’
You can read the other eight verses of the poem here.
Great deception is coming to an eye-station near you. Not unexpectedly, it will be sponsored by the RTP (religio-tech-political) complex.
When a PM says, “We walk by sight and not by faith” – the exact opposite of what the Scripture states- and the church does not say a single word in rebuttal, know that we are in fast descent to deception ground zero.
When the editors-in-chief of the “media nights” (aka “mainstream media”) finally let the truth out about some of the names of people involved in child trafficking and prostitution across the world, the purloining of the 2020 election in America and the thievery in global finances (to name a few), people’s faith in humanity (and by extension in God) will plunge to net-zero (to the delight of the climate conspirators?) just as Jesus insinuated will happen in our time:
But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith? Luke 18:8 NLT
In the same WION Youtube report that showed Ms. Mottley receiving glowing compliments for her climate change speech, can be seen Greta Thunberg, teenage Swedish climate activist, together with like-minded activists protesting the Glasgow conference.
The theme of their protest was: “You can shove your climate crisis up your _____”, sung to the tune of “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain”.
Only a teenager of 18, Ms. Thunberg and others have been exploited for propaganda purposes for the globalist agenda of central control of human affairs through fear of global warming.
Now that the fear of global warming has been blown out of the water (pun intended) the globalists seek traction through “climate change”.
I concur with Alan Jones f0rmerly of Sky News, Australia, that getting teenagers to advocate for climate change and things of the sort is the new child exploitation.
As I suggested earlier, Marketing in the hands of evil people is very dangerous stuff.
I feel sorry for Greta who is one of those described in the Scripture as “deceiving and being deceived” (I Tim 3:13). But I pray she will learn from this experience and come to a knowledge of the truth.
Children of her age should still be in school rather than telling their parents to give up flying while they jet around the world as evangelists for the globalists.
I hope you understand that we are not denying that beach erosion is occurring and that icebergs are melting. Some of it is definitely the result of human abuse of the ecosphere in which we live. But a lot of it is just propaganda on steroids facilitated by the censorship of scientists like Neils Axel Morner who have an alternative view.
Furthermore, what the insidious people behind the scenes will not tell you, is that there are other scientists and sundry “climate terrorists” behind the scenes tampering with the weather and weather patterns.
Ask your favourite weather reporter to tell you the difference between “weather” and “climate”. If he or she is accurate, just a little rudimentary deduction will tell you why such tampering with the weather can lead to the illusion of climate change.
Many of you are too young to remember the flood of October 1970 in Barbados (I stand corrected about the year). Later it was rumored that the flood was the result of so-called “cloud seeding” experiments carried out by HARP (High Altitude Research Project) located at Bath St. John. Of course, there is no “hard” proof of this. We were all still being educated but blissfully ignorant under the Broken Trident to notice any such thing or ask any difficult questions.
However, if by now you have not become undeceived of the notion that the conspirators themselves are the very persons who call accusations like the above “conspiracy theory”, may the Lord help you!
“Where there is smoke there is a fire” is still true today.
In this article I have waxed artsy, perhaps disappointing some by using non-Caribbean literature. But just cut me a little more slack as I tease your brain in these final lines:
Annie, are you ok?
So, Annie are you ok?
Are you ok, Annie?
Annie, are you ok?
So, Annie are you ok?
Are you ok, Annie?
You’ve been hit by;
You’ve been hit by
Artiste: Michael Jackson
“Lights, camera, smoke, mirrors, holograms…Action!”
Aldon D. Tull is retired educator who holds the Master of Science in International Marketing from Strathclyde University, Scotland and the Doctor in Education from Sheffield University, England. He can be reached at 246-228-3720 or on Whatsapp at 246-846-3191