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Changing our narrative

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When he saw the large catch he and the other fishermen had obtained at Christ’s bidding, Simon Peter fell to his knees recognising His power, and said “Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man” (Lk 5:9). Christ’s response was level and comforting: “Do not be afraid…”.

It is interesting that Simon Peter’s first response should be one of self-recrimination and not gratitude—a sense of unworthiness immediately emerges. ‘Unworthiness’ is an unacknowledged sentiment that can frequently be seen surfacing in national discourse whenever Trinidadians speak of themselves.

There are memes on social media with the tag, ‘Trinidad is not a real place’ which in the usual humorous fashion, capture the oddities, idiosyncrasies and dysfunctionalities in local behaviour and our public systems. It is something that is accepted of ourselves: we are witty, and ‘giving fatigue’ is an everyday facet of casual conversation and part of our cultural outlook.

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