Horizon at Sandy Point

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Price is Right

How far would you go? What's your price?

Would you kill a man for 500$? Heck no.
Would you kill him for a million dollars? No.
Would you let a man die for five billion dollars? Well, as long as I don't have to do anything ...

Jesus was sold for 30 pieces of silver. Shylock wanted his pound of flesh. They used to say, in Trinidad, you could take out a hit on someone for five hundred dollars. Now see how we have evolved: you don't have to do anything, just wait for a man to die, do not pass go and a cool five billion passes hands.

There are those who say the world has gone mad. We distill and value everything in dollar terms. We are beguiled by the idea of wealth. And let no one dare to deprive a man his right to "eat ah food." That is t'ing to kill for.

Who cares if all around the mountains are falling, the rivers running dry. As King Austin asks:

When will it end
? When will it end?
 It is plain to see ... 
This land is not bountiful as it was
; Simply because
 in his quest for success
, nothing stands in man’s way. 
Old rivers run dry. 
Soon the birds won’t fly. 
The mountains will be no longer high
. And when I really think of it, 
I does wonder why?

The price of progress is high. And here in Trinidad and Tobago, the higher the price the better it seems. The latest high priced item, according to Trevor Sudama, will be the Debe-Mon Desir loop, the highest cost per kilometre of highway, anywhere in the world!

(Read Sudama's series on the highway which were first published in the Express:

You will kill a man for five dollars?
No way! But for free, I could watch him die!

(Hear Progress by King Austin, lyrics by Winsford Devine:

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