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The true role of academics in pan.
Posted By: Steve Taylor
Date: Thursday, 30 March 2006, at 1:28 p.m.
The steel pan has been 70% developed by the early inventors all together. They were all simple grass roots persons of humble means.
Here is a truth that will disturb some.
The steelpan itself represents the truth that material and formal academic education is not the highest form of education on the planet and in the universe.
Man really gains all knowledge by trial and error. All knowledge and including academic formal knowledge first passes through this process. Then from this trial and error experimental stage, comes practical applications based on profound realizations gained from the trial and error stage. It is the profound realizations that are documented be writers, using more technical language from a particular realm of science or art itself. From these books and papers, teachers and lecturers use as text books and study guides, after having studied these themselves.
Man is born ignorant. He also dies ignorant. Whatever temporary knowledge he gains in life he forgets at the time of his death. Spiritual realizations whatever he has gained of that remains with him in his next life. And there are next lives.
The true role of academics then is merely to explain and teach others and those who are interested in scientific and technical jargons and writing thesis etc. Such persons themselves, then pass on the acquired knowledge to others and so it goes from one to the other. In between, an innovator or new inventor entirely, who may not know a thing about science, academics, university education, brings new inventions which makes previous profound knowledge obsolete or if not then insufficient in modern life. This happens in all spheres of inventions, innovations etc. It happens so often that people do not notice it until they get into the particular sphere of invention, innovation and formal education.
The modern role of a university also carries with it the trial and error experimentation labs. Hiring original inventors, innovators forms part of this process. I have no problem with this approach. The area of academics that I have problems with, is where academics themselves merely repeat laws, regulations, texts and book learning as if these subject matters are the final and original destination of the particular science. Put another way, the academics come across to simple people as those academics were themselves discoverers of the knowledge they pass on. In this way one has to be careful with academics. They may come across as if they are truly helping, when in fact they do not actually offer true solutions to society. On the other hand, the simple man down the street who stumbled on to something by his own little experiments, passes it on and it becomes a superhit product. He is the true academic and scholar.
The true problem with T&T society, is that we are programmed to only give respect to persons with formal education. "Oh he went UWI yoh know". "Da man is ah doc boy, he know wah he talkin bout". That kind of rhetoric. Those are signs of psychological blockades which need to be removed from the general masses of society, the politicians who also think like that, and the academics who purports to know it all. They are all pschologically blocked and so they take too long to give proper recognition to the simple trial and error inventors, the Universe saw it fit to hand down a particular source of knowledge, and through which that universal knowledge is passed to man.
In countries like the US, they have long recognized the inventors and they reward them accordingly. Big business buy into inventions and pay the inventors royalties. This does not mean there are no thieves who steal from the inventors royalties. But the fact is US society is told and shown to recognize original works of inventors. It is a tradition in the US, to buy original copies of CDs, DVDs etc. People buy them and are proud of their collections. Again, there are thieves of copyrights as well. But the market is large for original buyers. Here in T&T, because most people are walking around with psychological programming which secretly says to them "ah could buy meh Cd from dis fella because de man poor and he selling cheaper dan dem stores, who ripping off poor people, dem artiste an dem making real money yu know". They do not know it is because of the programming to disrespect persons who are not necessarily formally educated, but are very educated by the things they do and say. Bob Marley referred to this psychological block as "mental slavery". It the same thing. It is mental slavery, because politicians and academics and some business magnates are the modern slave masters.
Pan Trinbago is a chip off this type of modern slave master thinking by disregarding the simple man's opinions. They respond to politicians, UWI academics, musicologists and so on. These are the same signs of the psychological blockade in the T&T society. This blockade explains why, some politicians, academics and businessmen think the simple folks to be fools. This also explains why the simple folks do not get any where with their natural ideas with the psychologically blocked politicians, academics, and businessmen. I am not one of these types. I am from the class of men who truly recognize one's intellect and original sincerity. I am spiritually trained in this media. This is my specialty. I am not one of the foolers.
The real role of the academics should be to agitate the politicians, other academics if necessary, and businessmen into making them give full recognition to those who have originally done creations from scratch, and have brought it to a deep level of worldwide acception, but do not get an equal level of returns for those original creations. For instance Bertie Marshall has been honored and awarded, but he has not been truly rewarded for his works. Because this is a pan blog, he is emphasized. There are many persons like him in different spheres of work, but the story is the same. So I recognize academics, politicians, and businessmen, who actually put their money where their mouth is, and not those who say in eloquent language, but do nothing for the persons who have spent time in creating something. I am not one for handouts either. A person must prove himself worthy of his earnings. This is another trick by the psychologically blocked leader and simple person. "Just give them something to keep dey mouth shout" These are slave master tricks, which are not easily discernable by the masses of people. So people remain happy until the next hand out. This is a kind of madness, and hence we are witnessing how T&T is going down the drain because of this madness. The gun men however, are shooting anyone who tries to block them from grabbing what they can as a sort of revolt.
Until these elements in thinking changes, Panorama is really a showcase of gross exploitation. When one says that Panorama is a very special thing, the music played and arrangements is a very special thing and it does not take place any where else, and the Phd students are writing thesis on it and university professors are teaching on it and scientific research is being done of it and on and on, one shows up the gross qualities of psychological blockades caused by years of wrong programming, where the slave masters are tricking the slaves and not really freeing them.
The realities of Panorama and how it really does not help to develop pan players and the pan itself is what needs to be studied. The academics must suggest ways and means of properly paying the pan men at panorama and throughout the year. They must suggest ways and means of the judging pan, being freed from suspicion. They must suggest ways of where everyone pays at least $1.00 to help pay the pan men throughout the year. They must suggest ways where govt and businessmen must sink more money into the pan industry than what they are presently giving. They must suggest to Pan Trinbago, that their board members must not only be made up of pan men per se. They must suggest Pan Trinbago to include govt ministers, opposition senators, independent senators, millionaire business multinational companies, musicologists, psychologists and pan inventors and researchers and independent performers and thinkers like me. This must be the board of directors and executive members quite apart from steelband memberships. Boosgie has been suggesting this many years. But because he has very little formal education and schooling, "he ent know wa he talkin bout". This is the collateral damage done to our society. It is for these reasons T&T has found itself sinking deeply into a kind of ill fated state, not only with pan but all other forms of cultural expressions. There isn't any other way for me to answer and address everyone concerns. Because they concerns stem from the illness of thinking the educated man is the best man. This is sinful. It is the present form of slavery.
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