THE EDITOR: Hearing over the news of another suicide bombing somewhere in the Middle East and the death of so many as I am looking at the newspapers of January 15 with with Kees “wukking” up the crowd into a frenzy and also Raymond similarly so at the airport, inter alia, it suddenly crossed my mind that we should consider ourselves very privileged in this part of the world to be able to experience such moments of sheer exhilaration while others elsewhere are the victims of the terrors of politico — religious ideology.
Many will argue that there is nothing more worthy and self-fulfilling than the latter, which it may well be for those involved, and perhaps beyond our comprehension, but for us in Trinidad happiness is a real thing here and now, of which Kees and Raymond and what they generate in us are true manifestations.
Some among us will frown on Machel’s picture the Newsday, also on January 15, gyrating on a fan and similarly so on Massive’s Rowlee Mother Count or on Seepersad’s Raj and that is their right.
However, the critic is always enmeshed in the dilemma on imposing restrictions on a mode of behaviour that is “licentious” in essence but not of the kind that brings pain and death, just the sort that would offend the moral sensibilities of a few, soon to disappear when the season is done.
I say Let It Be and allow the people to savour their moment in time, to experience their own brand of self-fulfilment, which you should, considering that elsewhere others are seeking their own brand of fulfilment by aiming at the dreams of others.
DR ERROL BENJAMIN, firstname.lastname@example.org