“I IS GOD" (2013) - Matthew McCarthy
Jamaica’s romantic affair with the murder trial of Adidjah Palmer aka Vybz Kartel (affectionately known as “Di teacha”) may soon be coming to a forced end.
With it being the talk of the town, it’s hard to not lay a few views on the matter. Some would argue there are more important issues to be addressed in the Jamaican hemisphere, but the same issues that are contested to be addressed also fuel the societal issues that may come from the discourse about this trial.
In 2011, Adidjah Palmer was convicted of murder of a Clive Williams. And in March 2014 has been deemed guilty by the court of law.
Before and since the verdict I’ve heard many an angle and opinion about what Vybz Kartel is and “wha’ dem fi do wid ‘im" and so on and so forth.
Since this is my blog, I should at least state my opinion on what I think… Personally I do believe that Adidjah Palmer is guilty on some parts of the act he has been accused of, based on the evidence that has been shared or exposed to the wider public.
There are many other things I believe in tandem to that opinion I do believe any and every individual is entitled to a fair trial, and that trail should be exclusively about what the person in question is being accused of.
This morning’s breakfast. One of my favourite fruits… Papaya!
Although - when I sliced it open it was short a few seeds.
As usual another post about my views on things in life.
So let’s get right to the meat of the matter.
"I love Money!"
A statement i’m sure a lot of ethical and moralist folk shudder to hear spoken.
True. Our society tries to overtly make it frowned upon to shamelessly like and or love money. (Here begin’s a Jamaican social space) We are taught to love family, friends, and working hard, and the love of money is the love of evil! Grr!!
I agree with the notion. What society is trying to say is to stay away from materialism and greed. Often times the love or desire of money is a very, very similar road to the path of greed, so it’s understandable.
I wouldn’t like you the reader to believe that right now I’m trying to really justify the love for a materialistic object such as money, No- that’s just a bit for the sensationalism of the story.
I don’t “love money” per se, but I love what money can do
(quick disclaimer: I know it shouldn’t be this way, but capitalism.. that’s a whole ‘nother argument)
Within society these days, it’s truly a case of ‘who feels it knows it’, anyone in Jamaica, who experience a day when dem wallet dry like dry scalp KNOWS how important even having two hundred dollars is.
Life has kind de-evolved into a situation where just existing is costly in itself, eating breakfast. Getting to point A to point B, a drink of water.. Money is like the key to life.
What are you saying Yannick? what you really ah seh?
What i’m trying to highlight is how a system has been created where money is needed in all aspects, Day to Day necessities, Leisure, Business, Health etc.. etc.. (a fucked up system don’t)
Yet it has somehow become a situation within the middle class society where it’s as if we’re supposed to be afraid to demand, want, or to have money. There’s these nervous laughs in a room when it comes to the monetary aspect about things and everyone is supposed to act like it’s cool. “haha, yeah man money a di least you nuh haha…” And you know you cyaa even buy yourself a nice lunch too tough without wincing.
It’s really unfortunate that we’ve married a desire to have financial gain and security to a primitive form of selfishness and greed. So that us middle class folk with pressures creating a lump in our throats feel ashamed to ask or demand for the correct amount of money or be viewed as “Mean”, “Wicked”, “Selfish” or lines like “‘Ow yah gwaan suh?”
It’s a psychology built to keep the poor, poor and the rich rich. Just something I thought was worth thinking about enuh. Is like a big undercover ploy they (whoever they is) used to create mental disharmony to interrupt our life goals and functions.
I make a system where you need money… but you shouldn’t want Money.
Makes a lot of sense. (get it? lol..sigh)
Sometimes you know you try fight your body? Like your mind says you going stay up all night and do work? And in your heart of hearts you mean it enuh!
But you drop asleep anyway.
Things like that just a tell me repeatedly that you just need to be real with yourself lol. Know your strengths and weaknesses, because trying to place will power won’t work will be a waste of time and effort. Lol sigh.
Intention ain’t enough all the ti-zzz……..
I was so tired last night that I barely got the time to document what happened.
Yesterday was day two of the Who Knows shoot with Protoje and Chronixx directed by Storm Saulter.
Met up at West Kings house for some breakfast. That’s where I tried cucumber juice for the first time lol it was interesting it’s really sweet.. Needs some lime!
After breakfast the team loaded up on the bus and the artists bundled in a few vehicles and we headed out.
We stopped by the same Bridge in St. Mary from scene one, nearby was a papaya farm that they caught some interesting cut away footage from.
Not long after shooting in there are a truck from the nearby farm house pulled up very slowly and deliberately. The assumption is that they probably thought we were stealing papaya, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case lol.
After that we made our way to goldeneye beach in oracabessa. I have to say some of the scenes there looked really good over there is so natural and pretty.
There’s knew scene where protoje and chronixx have to perform in a boat, and that’s one piece of hilarity on its own.
As well as the final scene emulating a dub party performance was at this nice little cliff overlooking the horizon on the beach man it was really really beautiful.
Day two was just as great an experience as day one and as promised will be loading on the Instagram pictures here for all the perusal purposes.