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Give Me A Child

I Will Return You A man

By Peter JosieTHERE are several versions of: ‘Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man.’
The original has been attributed to Aristotle and at least two notable others – the Jesuits, and one Richard Dawkins, a self-proclaimed atheist. The Jesuit’s version promised to return a man (of honour), a citizen (of integrity) and a Catholic. Dawkins promised no such qualities in the finished product – other than a man! I contemplated the above whilst reviewing a surprise visit Prime Minister Chastanet paid to the Ciceron Combined School last week. The press had failed to report a lasting message.

There was little that would have persuaded one to argue that a surprise visit by a towering new leader to bright young faces on their return to school may have missed its mark. Children are always excited to forgo a formal agenda to welcome an interesting guest into the classroom. The message seemed to have been, ‘I am back home and I have chosen to visit this school giving kids priority over an address to the nation, at this time.’

It has become accepted wisdom that youth is the future of a nation. This has been amended in the west to include, ‘to communicate with Muslim kids at an early age in an effort to curb the growth of anger and mistrust’- against the west. Early socialization and education has been a proving ground for strong upright citizens from time immemorial. What one finds amazing is that such an approach is spoken of today as if it was recent vintage.

The idea of training-up a child when he/she is young and helping it grow-up with desirable habits is as old as the hills. Indeed, it’s been proven that strong discipline and useful morals are most likely to succeed in transforming a seven year old into a law abiding and exemplary citizen. The crux of the matter is to encourage kids from an early age to view society as a continuing project in which they are later to participate meaningfully, adding their own positive contribution for the benefit of the many.

It is from such early training and understanding that the impact of the following saying draws its strength: ‘Sow a thought, reap an act; sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.’

Given the general deterioration and the squalid appearance of Castries and elsewhere after a heavy downpour, coupled with creeping lawlessness which threatens the island, the government must give serious consideration to continuing such visits to schools to sensitize the young ones to a broader community responsibility. It must however make it clear to its public relations people what message it intends to leave, as a mark of its visit.

Three examples come to mind. The formation of girl guides and scouts in primary schools and a cadet corps in every secondary school on the island are desirable marks. The idea is not new. I was reminded of the usefulness of the cadets when a certain police officer revealed to a mutual friend that it was the cadets and not the police force, that taught him to polish his shoes and have his uniforms spick and span for daily use as well as parades and special occasions. I can vouch for such training and its lasting effects on a young cadet.

There is an urgent and necessary need to use such tried and tested institutions as scouts and girl guides to point youth in the correct direction. As they begin to master the discipline of marching in time, to the commands of their leader the lesson of unity, of singular purpose, sinks in. Soon each Boy Scout or Girl Guide, or cadet becomes invested in team-work, pride and discipline.

The second touch of value which a visit to a school by a Prime Minister or other Minister of the Government may add to make the visit memorable is the gift of a permanent replica of the school crest and motto. This should be placed in a prominent position on the outer wall of the school. These should be standard in size. The visiting official may add an inscription such as: ‘Be happy with what you have while studying (working),for what you want.’ Or this: ‘The one who knows how to adjust is the one who knows how to survive.’ ‘Forget yesterday’s mistakes, use today to keep striving for better.’ is a third example.

Then for good measure one may add the naming of a patron for a particular school. Such a patron ought to be an early student of that particular school; one who returned to help the community and who worked diligently at his trade and volunteers his/her time to teach others. High achievement in sports and/or academics which bring pride to the community and the school could be a consideration.

Of course the country’s national flag should be prominently displayed on suitable flag poles near or at the entrance of every school.

The above idea has one aim and one aim only in mind. It is for a school to take a child and return it to its parents (and its community) a citizen of integrity, a person of honour and a law abiding citizen. That should be the touchstone upon which a solid social and economic structure is built. It is an idea which a Government that is properly focused and knows what it is doing will be well advised to heed.

Finally, when a child is hurt and abused in any way it should immediately become the job of the Minister of Justice and the Police to see that that child gets justice and is removed from the abusive environment and protected. The child from Ciceron who almost lost an eye two weeks ago deserves government and police intervention, soonest.


  1. ?


    Your statements are so inflated with “Hot Air” buoyed by deception that as much as I detest the self-hatred on perpetual display by the Negro Rickets John Wayne, there must be a special place in Hell for you.

    Last week the ignorant Stripper John Wayne on one of his pathetic tirades instructed the people of African Ancestry to, “FORGET AFRICA! YOU NEVER EVEN SEEN A TIGER”, and this asinine statement reminded me of The Chastanet Crime Family instructing you Negroes during the Convention to, “FORGET ABOUT SLAVERY !”.

    What you are really telling us Africans, is FORGET WE ARE THE BUILDERS OF CIVILIZATION AND THE GREAT PYRAMIDS, and become little House Niggers who pray to Caucasians like Chastanet and Dead People to make us white.

    Well this video should prove your point and bring you great joy! you ignorant retard.




    1. “What you are really telling us Africans, is FORGET WE ARE THE BUILDERS OF CIVILIZATION….”
      So we Africans are the builders of the civilization that got its start in Mesopotamia in the year 3761BC? When it comes to history, you are one of the most ignorant individuals on the planet.

      But then again, anyone who is convinced that the 346,049,000,000,000,000,000 (346 quintillion) gallons of water on Earth was brought here on a rock from outer space is not too smart.

      1. Not Yet NY
        ready for any era or epoch
        Sacre bleu
        You confirm your harboring support for the KKK?
        Approve of home grown terror org specializing in Black Genocide?
        And of course, thou an avid supporter if not patron of Peter Judas Josie
        (l congratulate your expected commission as copy boy-@Looshan Reichstag)
        the duke of miseducated LooShan SAMBOS£


      You have established yourself as a retrograde specie comfortable in being ignorant, so it does not cause me any discomfort after attempting to enlighten you as a fellow Lucian, even though from Monchy, that the water molecules contained in our rivers and oceans were transported to this planet by way of Comets and Meteorites.

      However, to benefit the other readers with a desire to expand their knowledge, I will mention again that the element Oxygen is created in the bowels of the Nuclear Furnaces called Stars when Nuclear fusion in stars converts hydrogen into helium in all stars. In stars less massive than the Sun, this is the only reaction that takes place. In stars more massive than the Sun (but less massive than about 8 solar masses), further reactions that convert helium to carbon and oxygen take place in successive stages of stellar evolution. In the very massive stars, the reaction chain continues to produce elements like silicon up to iron.

      The water molecule is made up of two hydrogen atoms, and this Oxygen atom that completes the molecule, I hope you are not so dense that you think it’s made in the Clouds – Jackass it’s made in the bowels of massive stars that eventually end/die in a cataclysmic explosion called “SUPER NOVA” that scatters the elements that your body is made from light years across Galaxies.

      These “Rocks” as you call it, eventually congeal to form the Planets – Earth being ONE of them.

      But look where ignorance is bliss, you can be happy and keep dancing to your ignorance.

      You might want ot understand this:




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      Why are you, Allen Chastanet, and the charlatan John Wayne so intent on keeping our Black African people in ignorance ? You Negroes hate yourselves and love the white woman and the Thug Allen Chastanet who reporters can’t even ask simple question without The Chastanet Crime Family not threatening to break their legs and have the police murder them, because the thug Michael Chastanet claims the Americans told him that’s how to deal with black African St. Lucians; “TAKE THEM OUT ! BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT WE DO TO BLACKS IN THE STATES. WE DO IT ALL THE TIME” Words of the Old thug Michael Chastanet. Anyway read this, you jackass; hope you can understand what you read:

      Scientists have found the biggest and oldest reservoir of water ever—so large and so old, it’s almost impossible to describe.

      The water is out in space, a place we used to think of as desolate and desert dry, but it’s turning out to be pretty lush.

      Researchers found a lake of water so large that it could provide each person on Earth an entire planet’s worth of water—20,000 times over. Yes, so much water out there in space that it could supply each one of us all the water on Earth—Niagara Falls, the Pacific Ocean, the polar ice caps, the puddle in the bottom of the canoe you forgot to flip over—20,000 times over.






      This lake in Outer Space is (ALL THE WATER ON EARTH/(346 quintillion) gallons of water on Earth multiplied by TEN BILLION (people on Earth) multiplied 20,000 times.

      but I know you used to eat lead paint, so I don’t think you can understand such simple ideas, as you have displayed your mentally challenged affliction to us on so many occassion.

  2. Pete ole boy
    Stay away from matters to do with youngsters or else you may end up on the SEXUAL PREDATOR registration list…
    TablaRasa and John Locke’s corollary are better suited for the human developmental milestone that your writing is attemting to grapple with.
    Your citations reflect your Stalinist Animal Farm skewered mentality. And suggests a perverted pedophillic top down forced entry style of learning

  3. CitizenKKK
    You wish to discredit ASTRO PHYSICS AND the SOM
    Because the great majority of average looshans will accept only plantation doctrines sanctioned by………massa1
    They cannot handle the unifying truth that ALL OUR ENVIRONMENTAL MILIEU is
    Star manure
    No wonder Rigobert the Decepticon69 is education czar1…St lucia Will remain in astronomical fugue state…

  4. Rah rah ra
    Keep it coming on
    Water fountains are your holy trail..yes?
    Do you first roll mangos to make mushy
    Then pin prick the top so that you can slowly siphon from it
    Did I hear Fetish
    Or regression to the wailing yearni g for the prom i ment mammary nipple
    Your dear mommy dearest DENIED your thirsty quest
    Holy lifelong catharsis indeed
    Alls well now that you are bubbly concierge for the Martinique entourage
    You can brush off whiskers all night Paris style
    And be charmed by feline MEOWS
    A Quadalupe tweet proclaims you as master and commander of her petite- homme -en -le_bateaux2
    Little does she know that you imagine mommy’rejected nipple
    as you forage?

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