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An unemancipated mind would think … It can’t be done! – PM

An unemancipated mind would think …  It can’t be done! – PM

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According to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, an unemancipated or colonized mind could not properly conceive of the way to build the Argyle International Airport.{{more}}

Gonsalves, making an address at the International Airport Development Company Symposium on the development of the Argyle International Airport, on Tuesday November 8, at the National Insurance Services Conference room, explained the difference between an emancipated and an unemancipated mind.

An unemancipated mind, Gonsalves stated, is one “enveloped in rigidity and embraced of orthodoxy and subscribing only to traditional molds.”

He further stated that such a mind only sees the limitations and not the possibilities that exist.

Gonsalves stated that in order to get the project of building the Argyle International Airport underway, those involved had to apply their minds. “An unemancipated or colonized mind could not properly conceive the way to build this project and to see it proceeding successfully.”

He further stated that such a mind only sees the limitations not the possibilities that exist. He added that an unemancipated mind would think “It is impossible! It can’t be done!”

Gonsalves stated that based on studies, Argyle was determined as the best site to facilitate an international airport. In preparing the site for construction, several things had to be done, including removing three mountains, filling three valleys, removing a cemetery and a church, removing 113 low income houses and rebuilding them in other locations.

“…You think that an ordinary consciousness could embrace the possibility that something like this could be done there?” Gonsalves said.

He added that the fundamental prerequisite of a decolonized mind is the ability to see truth from facts. He added that he and his colleagues, engaged in this enterprise, have shown that the process of decolonization has come to them and that their minds are free from mental slavery.

He added that the concept of “Yes, we can”, made popular during the campaign of United States President Barack Obama, was a hope that he and his colleagues adopted before Obama’s campaign.

“We have had this belief long before Barack said yes, we can…we are the initiators of yes, we can. We did it before that with the Rabacca Bridge, and we did it before that with universal secondary education,” he stated.

The attempt to embrace possibilities, Gonsalves further stressed, demands first and foremost an emancipated and decolonized mind. (OS)

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