When Bad Is Good

Submitted by  Charles Knighton

The Advocate’s editorial of December 10th, “Rewarding bad behaviour?” makes the undeniable point that children will “….not learn half as much about values in school or a media campaign as they will from observing us, their elders.” Following such logic, and viewing the population of Barbados as one large extended family, one could argue that citizens draw value lessons from their leaders in government.

You rightly cite the Westbury cemetery imbroglio where the SSA has rewarded grave diggers who defrauded their employers, as well as the young mother who parlayed the crime of housebreaking into a NHC unit to the detriment of those following proper protocol.  You have drawn the proper conclusion in both instances, that doing the wrong things can get you what you want.  But what of doing the right thing?

Those bumped down the NHC waiting list for this housebreaker, who put their faith in government’s promise of a level playing field if they followed the proper procedures, now join Al Barrack in the hospice of the disillusioned, where the shattered values of honesty, of playing by the rules and of faith in the system go to recover or to die.

Sir Roy Trotman recently noted “..a rejection of values that are now bringing us to a stage where to be good is to be wrong, where to be honest is to laughable.”  In rewarding miscreants while eschewing the legally entitled, government nurtures such a state of affairs. If Sir Roy is correct in his observation, Barbados may be teetering on the abyss, for the darkest despair that can take hold of any society is the fear that living honestly is futile.

7 thoughts on “When Bad Is Good

  1. 24 When thou comest into thy neighbour’s vineyard, then thou mayest eat grapes thy fill at thine own pleasure; but thou shalt not put any in thy vessel.

    25 When thou comest into the standing corn of thy neighbour, then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine hand; but thou shalt not move a sickle unto thy neighbour’s standing corn.
    Deuteronomy 23:25

  2. Matthew 12:1+
    1. At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them.
    2. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”
    3. He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?
    4. He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do

  3. There have always been law breakers and it looks like that Jesus Christ used to hang out with such law breakers.

  4. These are the sentiments of many good hard working public servants who have suffered at the hands of ruthless and uncompromising government officials who reward deviance with favours and stiffle sound productivity with innuendo and negativity.

  5. “There have always been law breakers and it looks like that Jesus Christ used to hang out with such law breakers.”

    So Random thoughts that means Jesus was a bit of a criminal then…..I have always stated that he is because many still find him in jail.

  6. very good interesting article except i can’t agree with the fact that when a person falls on hard times helping them ahead of others is a bad thing to do. .THat is a poor example of “WHEN GOOD IS BAD”

  7. In reality it is not good to take part of a puzzle and present it as the complete puzzle.Good always will reverse BAD . It is more about perception and tradition. More often than not laws and traditions which we impose on ourselves are very stringent and hard to follow and as a result we fail in trying to achieve making us look BAD

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