COMMENTARY

Understanding The Issues

One can assume – indeed, we reflexively do – that if reparations are paid to the descendants of slaves, then their economic positions will improve. Hold that thought for a while.

It is not uncommon for folks schooled or brought up on the idea that if the poor had access to large sums of money, they would be rich, to be of the same opinion, consequent to their premise not being sufficiently challenged.

The man who doesn’t have something, can and often feels free to pontificate that, “If he had it he would have put it to good use”.

The escape ramp for the steep slope on which we speed brakes smoking as we hurtle to another crisis, scandal, or worse, is that the facts for something that has not happened are safe from adverse criticism and scrutiny. 

The compromise then, it seems, is to concede the point, enable the proponents of “cash first, prudence later” access as they see fit, and let adversity teach a valuable lesson, again.

The issue to be wrestled may seem like a difference of opinion, as against a stated or unstated position in which value not properly thought out or structured, will lead to destruction of value.

Think about it this way: what are the odds that if you give or receive, as per request, $10,000 for a project from someone who is struggling financially that your seed money will grow?

The question then becomes,” Can or should we critique the future before it arrives?”

We will continue to mislead ourselves if we don’t.

Yet, the future is innocent.
Is our history the scene of the crime?

Before you answer, let’s say you are presented with a money maker teaching an old dog a new trick for chasing its tail. Never mind the dog has only a stump for a tail. Are you interested in making money? Or should you task yourself with answers for the value – if any- implicit in teaching a dog to chase its tail, even as you put that question to me?

I think it is better to have a plan for something before you get it. But the counter for that, is to wonder,” what good is planning for something which you don’t have and for which the coming is fraught with uncertainty at best?

You could call it a chicken or egg problem. Or better yet, learn from the birds and build the nest before the eggs are even summoned. Be thoughtful, my friend.

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Peter Peterkin, Readers Bureau, Contributor

 Edited by Jesus Chan

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