Blessed by science is this the next economic magic pill?

Hello everyone. My name is Peter Campbell. I am the managing director of Caribbean East Atlantic Company Limited. My job is to cherish the weak and give vision to our populace as the Jamaican National Anthem says. Vision is needed today, as it ever was before, in a changing world where our people are looking to the future for a messiah, be it a product, service or person to deliver them from their economic situation. I was scanning The Gleaner in the week of the 24th and I saw that medical marijuana was dominating the debate. I urge caution on pinning the hopes and dreams of any nation on any product, service or person to deliver the individual citizen from his economic situation.

What I learnt in high school about our mixed but primarily capitalistic western world is that real wealth comes from the ownership of land, control of labour, particularly one’s own, access to capital and the inner drive, entrepreneurship, to achieve.  Without these things it doesn’t matter if we struck oil, let alone decriminalized marijuana, if we didn’t have the means within ourselves to manage and retain the money which a rise in production would create then this wealth would be lost on us.

My recommendations to the government and people of Jamaica and by extension the whole Caribbean are as follows.

1)      Look within yourself as a government

2)      Look within yourself as a people

3)      Work hard at honing the skill of looking within ones’ self and seeing a clear picture of what one is and what one needs.

4)      Look at your capabilities as a government

5)      Look at your capabilities as an individual

6)      See where the world actually needs you

7)      Produce to fit that need

I won’t leave you in the dark as to what I think the answer is. I believe that the answer is to train up every man woman and school aged child towards a shortage area in first world industry. Assist people to become internationally mobile. Just like the Chinese, Indians and Middle Easterners among us who have roots around the world “Native Jamaicans” who have roots in Africa and Britain should spread their wings and work wherever there is a need to build wealth for themselves. Even if we can’t each own vast swaths of land we can own our own labour, gain access to capital and hone the drive to achieve. With the intelligencia of our universities we can then devise ways of serving the needs of our well travelled citizens. This would be informed by us being well travelled ourselves. Once we have invested in our people half the job of wooing them towards the homeland would have already been done.

If I had to choose a magic pill I would not choose marijuana. It is not going to make all my problems go away or suddenly dawn a prosperous day for me and my friends. The magic pill I believe is each individual who is imbued with life health and strength and the will to achieve. If we mobilize that force we could power cities and feed the multitudes.

My name is Peter Campbell and I am urging the powers that be in Jamaica to empower people instead of objects.