Instead, as the principal in a venture to operate a shop or service to financially challenged customers, would you advocate for selling chicken back or chicken breast?
In my role as the junior partner, I’d be enthusiastic to recommend chicken back on one celebratory day of the year instead of a total ban, and if that presents a dilemma which brings us to the crux of what ails us namely: what does it take to succeed? The recourse becomes the usual or the uncharted.
We are susceptible to ideas with which we have an emotional resonance and are legacied but have a track record in which failures are overwhelmingly represented.
So, the question is not really one of affordability of chicken back or chicken breast but rather to what will we train ourselves and what excuse will we use to get us on to that train which is readying to leave the station?
In other words, the decisions we make about our relationship with ourselves in this case chicken back or chicken breast with a yearly date to contemplate and celebrate where we are and affirm our journey has no room for sympathetic viewpoints that are self-fulfilling legacies that are perennial and are death spirals.
We either go with chicken back and self-destruct or chicken breast and prosper. We cannot afford chicken back or chicken crap to become who we are or more importantly, how we define ourselves.
Granted, we think poverty is a matter of resources. We are very wrong on that. Poverty is a measure of our commitment to the ideals we say we care about. The space between what we say and to what we are committed is where we lose ourselves or find that we are unstoppable in our endeavors.
We have cultivated a way of looking at ourselves such that chicken back has become acceptable to relate and define us. That’s regrettable but nothing is such that we cannot fix what has been broken in us and which unfailingly makes the news bloody and deadly.
Chicken back is a metaphor for how we have understood ourselves and the quality of life to which we have become accustomed for the simple reason that we think our poverty is a legacy issue rather than one of commitment to excellence and exploring avenues apart from Anancyism to get ahead.
So, in a way of bringing our dilemma into focus and our actions as signatures representing our outlook, what happens to us is not misfortune or accidental, but a manifestation of our conditioned fears and anxieties interacting with our perceptions, vulnerabilities, and internalized hopelessness.
This is a root cause of our underachievement, but more importantly, it robs us of our dignity and our integrity. Without these assets to steer, calm and reaffirm our intrinsic worth I am not much, and I certainly don’t give a damn about you. This is a recipe for community destruction, even as it is our communities that keep us safe.
The issue this presents in choosing what to invest in and how to train ourselves for a better future is to recognize that chicken breast as a strategy works, but it requires that others who are sympathetic to the chicken back salvation be reassured by our commitments and our willingness to mentor and explore how we can afford our dignity and our dreams, or our poverty and its attendant nightmares.
We are stuck in a bad place not so much because our leaders of yesterday were incompetent or thieves, but because we have become convinced that chicken back has value in price and affordability, and that metaphorical lie is incongruent with our hopes.
The way to make a better tomorrow is to insist on a today we can give to each other with pride and without excuses. Excellence is not a finger in the wind or a windfall. It is a commitment to exploring the bounty and harvest of a particular perspective. “Why can’t we do both?”
Because one undermines the other. Excellence is nonnegotiable.
Peter Peterkin, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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