The Haitian Evolution Process
If you take everything you know and you burry it with you without sharing it or recording it for future generations to use, then you just wasted your entire life learning for nothing.
- People can learn from your mistakes
- People can learn from your inventions
- People can learn from your ideas
You keep what all your knowledge to yourself and you continue to point out everyone who is doing it wrong because they don't know what you know.
Tell me I am wrong!
- We hide what we know "pou lougarou pa manje nou".
- We ask no questions "pou YO pa di nou sòt".
- We are more likely to say "he is worst then I am" than to say "I can be as good as he is".
In the Haitian community, we have fears that are plain stupid and we have to overcome them if we want to change our image.
Here are just a few:
- If you are the best in school, something bad will happen to you
- If you are the best tailor, the mediocre tailor will kill you.
- If you have the biggest "Boutik", "YO" ap fè wanga ou ou
YO IS DEAD!
Did you know that?
Whether we want to admit it or not, these are the things in our culture that really need to "Rache manyòk yo" and "bay tè a blansh".
These are the things in our culture that prevents us from sharing information with each other.
We are all afraid to die
that fear is killing us anyway.
So snap out of it!
Let me tell you a secret.
If I am the best pig, I am still a pig.
That means I bath in mud like all the other pigs and I live in "Pak Cochon" like all the other pigs.
If I am in the poorest country in the world, I am still poor no matter how rich I think I am.
We have to evolve
if we want to fly with the eagles.
ev·o·lu·tion (n.), "A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form".
America is the greatest country in the world and even the homeless guy knows that. That's why not even the homeless person in America will get on a boat and swim to somebody else's shore.
We can start the evolution process by sharing what we know with each other
If you are afraid that he might kill you, then why don't you help him by pointing out TO HIM what he is doing wrong without making him look like an idiot?
I am tired of hearing "ayisyen sòt" and I am tired of hearing it from the mouth of my own brothers and sisters.
If you do not have the courage and the knowledge to tell someone how to do it right, can you at least guess who the idiot is that you are laughing at?
Please do not tell people what to do but always share with them how you do it. Most importantly, share the benefits of doing it the way you do.
Let's start the evolution process.
Article (c) 2005 by Woodring Saint Preux
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