Intelek International statement on Barbados PM plans to legalize “gay unions”.

I write to express my profound concern about Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s Throne Speech proposal to legalize homosexual unions in Barbados.

Both my support for the human rights of homosexuals and my concern about the dangerous, intrusive “liberties” being taken by some celebrity and other excessively influential homosexuals – like Sir Elton John, Ellen Degeneres, Sandi Toxvig, Graham Norton and other celebrity British and American “gay gospel” campaigners – should be well known.

Since 2012, at least, I have been publishing my concerns about the socioeconomic and sociopolitical “overbite” or “overreach” of these “gay gospel” apostles and their heterosexual allies (people like David Cameron, Barack Obama and Madonna) who politically and commercially “commodify” human sexuality and other core, critical features of human identity, consciously or unconsciously.

It was in 2012, while affiliated with the citizen journalism publisher Allvoices.com that I expressed deep reservations about then re-election hopeful US president Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage.

I followed that up with explanations of my reservations, which have to do with the potentially exploitative, oppressive, concept of marriage that has been consciously or unconsciously propagated by institutional, politicised Christianity since the confusion of the unwritten New Covenant with the written New Testament in the second century AD.

I will soon compile a list of articles in which I have been outlining my concerns over the past eight years and publish that list here, as a follow-up to this statement.

For now, I will only say that my core concern is that because we human beings struggle to understand the deep biological and psychosocial dynamics of heterosexuality, upon which the propagation of our species depends, rushed, reckless efforts to normatize homosexuality poses peculiar existential perils.

These are not just questions of “lifestyle choice”, as one gay rights mantra insists.

These are matters of life and death, as the phenomenon of marital murder and related violence makes clear.

Marital power struggles often end fatally or with life altering physical and psychological injuries to men and women, and to children, in many cases.

My concern is that influenced consciously or unconsciously by Christianity’s written New Testament aided and abetted legalistic overbite, and overreach into the domestic affairs of couples and parents, many people are turning to written, legally codified and commodified homosexual unions to redress the challenges of marital power struggles that have their root in those deep genetically and environmentally complex dynamics.

I believe that it is significant that the same written New Testament that likens heterosexual marriage to “the mystery of Godliness” (Ephesians 5:22 – 33) also warns us that literalism and legalism can have fatal consequences (2 Corinthians 3:6).

Even Charles Dickens speaks to the mindboggling, legal stipulations transcending complexity of heterosexual marital power distribution in his book Oliver Twist, from which we get the phrase “the law is an ass”.

Here is the relevant quotation, in which the character Mr Bumble seeks to lay all the blame for the abuse and victimization that he and Mrs Bumble had inflicted on Oliver on her:

“It was all Mrs. Bumble. She would do it,” urged Mr. Bumble; first looking round, to ascertain that his partner had left the room.

That is no excuse,” returned Mr. Brownlow. “You were present on the occasion of the destruction of these trinkets, and, indeed, are the more guilty of the two, in the eye of the law; for the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction.”

If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, “the law is a ass — a idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is, that his eye may be opened by experience — by experience.”

The “gay mafia”

I have also published my concerns, like those of Pope Francis I and others, that secretive, “gay mafia” type entities have been using the legitimate grievances of homosexuals to advance questionable, potentially deeply harmful sociopolitical agendas.

And I have been expressing related concerns about the misandry overbite and overreach (excesses) of politically motivated fundamentalist feminist individuals and organizations for at least fifteen years.

My concerns about the intersection of fundamentalist feminist and “gay gospel” interests are particularly relevant to the timing of prime minister Mottley’s throne speech gay union legalizing announcement, coinciding as it does with her announcement of her intention to take Barbados out of its “colonial” relationship with the British monarchy, despite gaining independence in 1966.

I address this coincidence in a Facebook conversation I had with the mental health advocate Joe Bartholomew earlier today.

Bartholomew, whom I first met at the International Emerging Proud event hosted by Katie Mottram in London in May 2017, had posted a link about Mottley’s plan to end Barbados’ constitutional ties to the British monarchy in the Radical Culture Bristol group that he created on Facebook.

A brief extract from that conversation follows and a fuller extract is included at the end of this article/statement.

The larger conversation extract reveals my thinking about the perceptions of power and its distribution both within Barbados’ domestic politics and its foreign policy.

Intriguingly, links can be made from the conversation to the way concepts of power and disenfranchisement are also treated in Oliver Twist, where there is an arguably oracular link to the West Indies and Australia.

I close this article/statement and that extract with a link to a petition to the British Parliament that I created yesterday. The petition calls on Parliament to take advantage of the opportunity created by the COVID-19 pandemic to prioritize the role of parents, not schools, in the socialization of children.

Brief extract from my conversation with Joe Bartholomew

“The timing is interesting, given her (Mottley’s) statements about independence.
Some might say she and others in Barbados have an issue with heterosexual monarchies because of their preference for homosexual ‘kings’ and ‘queens’
Have you any concerns about Barbados and other developing countries becoming ‘colonialist’ clients of ‘queens’ like Sir Elton John and ‘kings’ like Sandi Toxvig?”

Covert classical conditioning by gay media interests

Is there a substantial difference between the written New Testament aided and abetted Christian “gay conversion therapy” practices that many gay rights advocates denounce, and the simplistic legalistic, New Testament proximating “canonical” promotion of a homosexual orthodoxy from primary, through tertiary and other formal and informal educational settings (especially via the print and electronic media) and in other public fora that those same advocates applaud?

From my perspective, they seem to be of the same controversial, potentially abusive, secretive social conditioning intent as the “Little Albert” experiment featured in the film above.

Lengthier extract of my conversation with Joe Bartholomew:

Joe: I just find it astonishing that the Monarchy of Britain was still seen as the head of state of Barbados up until 2020 in the 21st century. There are working people who are British Royalist supporters who see the Queen and the British Monarchy as harmless without realising they are a symbol of the British Empire. And their influence overseas still lingers on. More recently the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said our colonial past is nothing to be embarrassed about. To me, it seems imperative for slavery and colonialism to be taught at British schools so the British public are informed and have their awareness raised. To stir a social conscience from an early age and to understand the lack of reparations around the world. How the third world’s debts and underdevelopment are a result of slavery and colonialism due to Western Imperialist nations.

Me: Thanks for that fulsome response Joe.
If you could point me to the context in which Boris Johnson made that claim, I might respond to his views specifically.
In the meantime, I’ll just say that I trust the judgement of Barbados’ “Father of Independence” Errol Walton Barrow, who led the negotiation process with Britain over Barbados’ independence.
As far as I can tell Barrow was as proud and independent a thinker as any Barbadian of his time.
He was also an astute socialist theorist and was aware of Barbados’ geopolitical and socio-economic vulnerabilities.
I agree that “it’s imperative for slavery and colonialism to be taught at British schools so the British public are informed and have their awareness raised.”
I too believe in stirring “social conscience from an early age… to understand the lack of reparations around the world. How the third world’s debts and underdevelopment are a result of slavery and colonialism due to Western Imperialist nations.”
Where our views diverge is on your silence on the role of Africans themselves in the slave trade as traders.
Born and raised in Barbados and suffering egregious abuse and victimization at the hands of the island’s political Black directorate and their Asian, White, Middle-Eastern and other allies, I probably have a more nuanced, Barrowesque view of Barbadian identity and geopolitical realities than you do.
Have you seen news about Barbados PM Mia Mottley’s intention to legalize “gay unions”?
The timing is interesting, given her statements about independence.
Some might say she and others in Barbados have an issue with heterosexual monarchies because of their preference for “homosexual” kings and “queens”
Have you any concerns about Barbados and other developing countries becoming “colonialist” clients of “queens” like Sir Elton John and “kings” like Sandi Toxvig?
Do you understand how they, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hilary Clinton, Kelly-Anne Conway, Pope Francis, Bernie Sanders and other darlings of Western media can validly be viewed as Western royalty, irrespective of the ideology they espouse publicly?

Joe: I just find it shameful of Britain how things like Brexit are voted for and there are campaigns like black lives matter, yet there is no attention drawn to how Britain are acting in unethical and inhumane ways overseas. I see professional footballers before kick-off in football standing on one knee to symbolically support the black lives matter campaign, but what direct action is being implimented politically and socially to change and reform things for the better?

Me: I think any real or perceived failings by Britain overseas are rooted in its domestic relations dynamics. As the saying goes, “charity begins at home”.
Britain has been my home for the past 14 years. Thanks to Barrow, Britain, and especially the BBC (“auntie”) have been influencing my, Barbadian PM Mottley’s, reparations crusader Sir Hilary Beckles and other Barbadians’ thinking from birth. Beckles’ reparations strategy certainly seems to owe more to Birmingham and the “Garveyites” he met there than it does to Barrow.
Anyway, does a petition count as direct action with you? Providentially, I created one today appealing to parliament to redress the imperialist, colonialist influence of schools/universities by prioritizing the home as the dominant socializing agency.
My petition cites the work of Barbadian education Dame Nita Barrow, educator alongside that of England’s Sir Ken Robinson. Dame Nita was Errol Barrow’s sister.
Will you sign it?
It reads:
Review home education concepts and policies to seize COVID-19 reform opportunity
The COVID-19 pandemic is a chance to redress conceptual and structural weaknesses in the UK’s education provision that have been imperiling children’s/young adults’ health and well being for decades. The prior role of homes in socialization (not schools) needs to be asserted unequivocally.
This is an opportunity to progress reforms that the late Dame Nita Barrow, Sir Ken Robinson and other Commonwealth thinkers have discussed for half a century. We can redress eroding mental health, child sexual abuse and related outrages of basic decency stemming from parents ceding their duty of care to religious and secular institutional entities. Home education is degenerating while parents pursue personal liberty fantasies. COVID-19 has exposed the need to redress this dangerous tendency.


Click this link to sign the petition: R

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/551935/sponsors/new?token=cyY3MfslzddF5DLwQf1BR

Junior (Jay) Campbell

Founder-Principal

Intelek International

22/02/2020

(Updated 27/09/2020)

Original

I write to express my profound concern about Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s Throne Speech proposal to legalize homosexual unions in Barbados.

Both my support for the human rights of homosexuals and my concern about the dangerous, intrusive “liberties” being taken by some celebrity and other excessively influential homosexuals – like Sir Elton John, Ellen Degeneres, Sandi Toxvig, Graham Norton and other celebrity British and American “gay gospel” campaigners – should be well known.

Since 2012, at least, I have been publishing my concerns about the socioeconomic and sociopolitical “overbite” or “overreach” of these “gay gospel” apostles and their heterosexual allies (people like David Cameron, Barack Obama and Madonna) who politically and commercially “commodify” human sexuality and other core, critical features of human identity, consciously or unconsciously.

It was in 2012, while affiliated with the citizen journalism publisher Allvoices.com that I expressed deep reservations about then re-election hopeful US president Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage.

I followed that up with explanations of my reservations, which have to do with the potentially exploitative, oppressive, concept of marriage that has been consciously or unconsciously propagated by institutional, politicised Christianity since the confusion of the unwritten New Covenant with the written New Testament in the second century AD.

I will soon compile a list of articles in which I have been outlining my concerns over the past eight years and publish that list here, as a follow-up to this statement.

For now, I will only say that my core concern is that because we human beings struggle to understand the deep biological and psychosocial dynamics of heterosexuality, upon which the propagation of our species depends, rushed, reckless efforts to normatize homosexuality poses peculiar existential perils.

These are not just questions of “lifestyle choice”, as one gay rights mantra insists.

These are matters of life and death, as the phenomenon of marital murder and related violence makes clear.

Marital power struggles often end fatally or with life altering physical and psychological injuries to men and women, and to children, in many cases.

My concern is that influenced consciously or unconsciously by Christianity’s written New Testament aided and abetted legalistic overbite, and overreach into the domestic affairs of couples and parents many people are turning to written, legally codified and commodified homosexual unions to redress the challenges of marital power struggles that have their root in those deep genetically and environmentally complex dynamics.

I believe that it is significant that the same written New Testament that likens heterosexual marriage to “the mystery of Godliness” (Ephesians 5:22 – 33) also warns us that literalism and legalism can have fatal consequences (2 Corinthians 3:6).

Even Charles Dickens speaks to the mindboggling, legal stipulations transcending complexity of heterosexual marital power distribution in his book Oliver Twist, from which we get the phrase “the law is an ass”.

Here is the relevant quotation, in which the character Mr Bumble seeks to lay all the blame for the :

“It was all Mrs. Bumble. She would do it,” urged Mr. Bumble; first looking round, to ascertain that his partner had left the room.

That is no excuse,” returned Mr. Brownlow. “You were present on the occasion of the destruction of these trinkets, and, indeed, are the more guilty of the two, in the eye of the law; for the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction.”

If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, “the law is a ass — a idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is, that his eye may be opened by experience — by experience.”

The “gay mafia”

I have also published my concerns, like those of Pope Francis I and others, that secretive, “gay mafia” type entities have been using the legitimate grievances of homosexuals to advance questionable, potentially deeply harmful sociopolitical agendas.

And I have been expressing related concerns about the misandry overbite and overreach (excesses) of politically motivated fundamentalist feminist individuals and organizations for at least fifteen years.

My concerns about the intersection of fundamentalist feminist and “gay gospel” interests are particularly relevant to the timing of prime minister Mottley’s throne speech gay union legalizing announcement, coinciding as it does with her announcement of her intention to take Barbados out of its “colonial” relationship with the British monarchy, despite gaining independence in 1966.

I address this coincidence in a Facebook conversation I had with the mental health advocate Joe Bartholomew earlier today.

A brief extract from that conversation follows and a fuller extract is included at the end of this article.

The larger conversation extract reveals my thinking about the perceptions of power and its distribution both within Barbados’ domestic politics and its foreign policy.

Intriguingly, links can be made from the conversation to the way concepts of power and disenfranchisement are also treated in Oliver Twist, where there is an arguably oracular link to the West Indies and Australia.

I close this article/statement and that extract with a link to a petition to the British Parliament that I created yesterday. The petition calls on Parliament to take advantage of the opportunity created by the COVID-19 pandemic to prioritize the role of parents, not schools, in the socialization of children.

“The timing is interesting, given her statements about independence.
Some might say she and others in Barbados have an issue with heterosexual monarchies because of their preference for homosexual ‘kings’ and ‘queens’
Have you any concerns about Barbados and other developing countries becoming ‘colonialist’ clients of ‘queens’ like Sir Elton John and ‘kings’ like Sandi Toxvig?”

Covert classical conditioning by gay media interests

Is there a substantial difference between the written New Testament aided and abetted Christian “gay conversion therapy” practices that many gay rights advocates denounce and the simplistic legalistic, New Testament proximating “canonical” promotion of a homosexual orthodoxy from primary, through tertiary and other formal and informal educational settings (especially via the print and electronic media) and in other public fora that those same advocates applaud?

From my perspective, they seem to be of the same controversial, potentially abusive, secretive social conditioning intent as the experiment featured in the film above.

Extract of my conversation with Joe Bartholomew:

Joe: I just find it astonishing that the Monarchy of Britain was still seen as the head of state of Barbados up until 2020 in the 21st century. There are working people who are British Royalist supporters who see the Queen and the British Monarchy as harmless without realising they are a symbol of the British Empire. And their influence overseas still lingers on. More recently the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said our colonial past is nothing to be embarrassed about. To me, it seems imperative for slavery and colonialism to be taught at British schools so the British public are informed and have their awareness raised. To stir a social conscience from an early age and to understand the lack of reparations around the world. How the third world’s debts and underdevelopment are a result of slavery and colonialism due to Western Imperialist nations.

Me: Thanks for that fulsome response Joe.
If you could point me to the context in which Boris Johnson made that claim, I might respond to his views specifically.
In the meantime, I’ll just say that I trust the judgement of Barbados’ “Father of Independence” Errol Walton Barrow, who led the negotiation process with Britain over Barbados’ independence.
As far as I can tell Barrow was as proud and independent a thinker as any Barbadian of his time.
He was also an astute socialist theorist and was aware of Barbados’ geopolitical and socio-economic vulnerabilities.
I agree that “it’s imperative for slavery and colonialism to be taught at British schools so the British public are informed and have their awareness raised.”
I too believe in stirring “social conscience from an early age… to understand the lack of reparations around the world. How the third world’s debts and underdevelopment are a result of slavery and colonialism due to Western Imperialist nations.”
Where our views diverge is on your silence on the role of Africans themselves in the slave trade as traders.
Born and raised in Barbados and suffering egregious abuse and victimization at the hands of the island’s political Black directorate and their Asian, White, Middle-Eastern and other allies, I probably have a more nuanced, Barrowesque view of Barbadian identity and geopolitical realities than you do.
Have you seen news about Barbados PM Mia Mottley’s intention to legalize “gay unions”?
The timing is interesting, given her statements about independence.
Some might say she and others in Barbados have an issue with heterosexual monarchies because of their preference for “homosexual” kings and “queens”
Have you any concerns about Barbados and other developing countries becoming “colonialist” clients of “queens” like Sir Elton John and “kings” like Sandi Toxvig?
Do you understand how they, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hilary Clinton, Kelly-Anne Conway, Pope Francis, Bernie Sanders and other darlings of Western media can validly be viewed as Western royalty, irrespective of the ideology they espouse publicly?

Joe: I just find it shameful of Britain how things like Brexit are voted for and there are campaigns like black lives matter, yet there is no attention drawn to how Britain are acting in unethical and inhumane ways overseas. I see professional footballers before kick-off in football standing on one knee to symbolically support the black lives matter campaign, but what direct action is being implimented politically and socially to change and reform things for the better?

Me: I think any real or perceived failings by Britain overseas are rooted in its domestic relations dynamics. As the saying goes, “charity begins at home”.
Britain has been my home for the past 14 years. Thanks to Barrow, Britain, and especially the BBC (“auntie”) have been influencing my, Barbadian PM Mottley’s, reparations crusader Sir Hilary Beckles and other Barbadians’ thinking from birth. Beckles’ reparations strategy certainly seems to owe more to Birmingham and the “Garveyites” he met there than it does to Barrow.
Anyway, does a petition count as direct action with you? Providentially, I created one today appealing to parliament to redress the imperialist, colonialist influence of schools/universities by prioritizing the home as the dominant socializing agency.
My petition cites the work of Barbadian education Dame Nita Barrow, educator alongside that of England’s Sir Ken Robinson. Dame Nita was Errol Barrow’s sister.
Will you sign it?
It reads:
Review home education concepts and policies to seize COVID-19 reform opportunity
The COVID-19 pandemic is a chance to redress conceptual and structural weaknesses in the UK’s education provision that have been imperiling children’s/young adults’ health and well being for decades. The prior role of homes in socialization (not schools) needs to be asserted unequivocally.
This is an opportunity to progress reforms that the late Dame Nita Barrow, Sir Ken Robinson and other Commonwealth thinkers have discussed for half a century. We can redress eroding mental health, child sexual abuse and related outrages of basic decency stemming from parents ceding their duty of care to religious and secular institutional entities. Home education is degenerating while parents pursue personal liberty fantasies. COVID-19 has exposed the need to redress this dangerous tendency.


Click this link to sign the petition: R

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/551935/sponsors/new?token=cyY3MfslzddF5DLwQf1BR

Junior (Jay) Campbell

Founder-Principal

Intelek International

22/02/2020

Playing Through The Line (PTTL) – a cerebral cricket project



Background (Genesis: The ‘Playing Field’)

I am pleased to announce the impending launch of Intelek International’s Playing Through The Line (PTTL) international online cricket tournament.


This cerebral, COVID-19 compliant cricket project has been in development since at least March 2020, when I initiated discussion of the project with cricket lovers in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Kenya, India and the Caribbean.


But PTTL has much deeper roots. It has a much lengthier back story.

Indeed, holistic “tracking and tracing” may one day uncover and document deposits into this project’s sublime cerebral, biblically proportioned bank account that date back to the Garden of Eden!

Dalkeith Road and Rendevous Gardens

Less speculatively, PTTL can be traced to at least one community-based cricket match that I organized in the 1990s.


That match, for which I may have been the only financial backer, was between a group of youngsters living in Dalkeith Village, St Michael, Barbados, and staff at the nearby National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) headquarters, which provided the playing field.


And “in those days”, as the late Methodist minister reverend Vivian Comissiong was fond of saying, there were meetings and conversations with graphic artist Stephen Massiah, Swiss-Barbadian business woman Denise Harding and other residents of Rendevous Gardens and its environs that prefaced PTTL subliminally.


Today PTTL can be thought of as a project exploring and documenting games played at the “ground of being” (Tillich, 1957) perennially.


Staying with a more superficial, albeit metaphorical mode of diagnostic testing though, PTTL can also be seen to have benefited from direct and indirect inputs from an array of linguists, historians and other career academics affiliated with Carrington Primary School, the Barbados Community College, Norfolk, England based City College Norwich, the University of the West Indies (UWI), the University of East Anglia, the University of Illinois, York University (Toronto) and similar secular science espousing entities.


And in this regard the contributions by Korah Belgrave, Martha Isaacs, Trevor Marshall, Hilary Beckles, Isaac Goodine, Viola Davis, Ikael Tafari, Ethan McCardle and others are noteworthy here.

And on the more overtly religious side of things, PTTL’s evolving incarnation has benefited from conversations and dialogues I have been pursuing with leaders and members of the Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist (Norwich), The Ihsan Mosque and Islamic Centre (Norwich), the Cathedral Church of Saint Michael and All Angels (Barbados) and various other social cohesion focused interactions I have been pursuing with Spiritual Baptists, Buddhists, Jews, Greek Orthodox Christians and other groups and individuals who share my interest in cricket-like balance or fairness and related expressions of spirituality.

And PTTL has also benefited from my pursuit of this social cohesion seeking ethic in my interactions with the British Broadcasting Corporation, the Cable News Network, the Caribbean Media Corporation, Cricket Australia and a wide range of similar, formal and informal, religious and secular knowledge trading entities.

And in the interest of balance, as I have noted the helpfulness of some media houses in bringing this project to its current state of development, it would also be helpful to mention my indebtedness to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and other members of the Royal Family – not least, the head of the Church of England, Her Majesty the Queen – who can attest to the unhelpful, intrusive influence of the media as well as anybody.

Mercy, mercy me!
And some familiar with my own checkered media career may know only too well that I am a beneficiary of Her Majesty’s fairness and forbearance in spheres where cricket extends, as the cricketing mystic CLR James might say, “beyond a boundary”.


On “fields of play” where others perceive limited time and space, the Royal Family’s role both within and beyond the Commonwealth, gives unique, British expression to the mystery of Godliness that the name of fabled cricketer WG Grace attests to sublimely – notwithstanding the disgrace that taints the Goliath-scoring batsman Grace’s reputation because of his notorious, Anansi-esque gamesmanship and moneymaking intrigues.


And no insult is intended to Grace or anyone else here.


My main focus is a forensic tracking and tracing of the forgiveness that I experience for my own temporal and spatial transgressions repeatedly.


First and foremost, PTTL is about mapping and measuring cricket as a human interdependence and marital complementarity mirroring mystical expression of mercy.


Rather than the boxer-like, possibly self-righteous and excessively aggressive, individualistic point scoring of boundary hitting (or a bad marriage?), PTTL is more about the co-dependent, two-batsmen-based score building that demonstrates the mustard seed science I celebrate in my song “Small Beginnings”.


It is about the “Spirit of Cricket” based sense of fair play and duty of care that I extol in my careful conversations with the Marxist-Feminist Selma James (2017, 2018).


I have come to appreciate that sense of fairness and social responsibility at a deeper level still, since assuming the role of safeguarding officer with St Andrew’s Cricket Club in Norwich last year.


With support from the English Cricket Board’s Safeguarding Team, I have a deeper revelation of how the “circle of care” extends to all spheres of life: how it is concurrent with all human fallibility and vulnerabilities.


I now have a deeper insight into how all participants in the game of life are at risk of direct or indirect aggression, exploitation and bullying, irrespective of age, gender, race, religion, class or creed.

Calypso Cricket

The princely scoring West Indian batsman Brian Lara might recall one physical transgression I committed against him in the 1990s.

It happened when, as a freelance journalist with the now defunct Caribbean News Agency (CANA), I placed my recording device too close to his lips, prompting him to flash me a stare of irritation and incredulity.


“Do you mind?!” those ever sharp eyes shouted.

Fortunately I had sufficient presence of mind to reposition my device hastily.

My own sharp mind now sees that defensive action as a kind of journalistic “social distancing” retreat.

And mercifully, that brief interview proceeded without further incident or need for an apology.

The quick-minded, potentially hard-hitting, heavenly hand-eye coordinated batting marvel Lara has been known for his volatility.

I will always be grateful to him, as I am to others (including members of the Royal Family) who have not held such conscious or unconscious Rasputinian spatial transgressions against me.

And this reference to the controversial Russian Christian mystic Rasputin, a symbol of physical and spiritual resilience, brings me to one of the most exciting tributaries that extends from the banks of this PTTL cerebral cricket mainstream: the contribution it has been making over several years to neuroscience and related disciplines.


One of the reasons I am launching Intelek’s PTTL cerebral cricket project here, and in other academic spaces, is because of how it intersects with the study of consciousness and communication that I have been engaged in since at least 1982 when my own consciousness underwent something like a COVID-19 imposed quantum (leap) review and repositioning.


My poem “Communion”, written in November that year, describes how I was hit for six, in cricketing speak, as I began experiencing
“communion/ with the truth that/ embraces all truth: / intercourse,/ with the nucleus of/ reality.”

I consolidated this science and religion reconciling, truth seeking process in 2005 with my Linguistics bachelor of arts thesis.

Titled “A Voice From Heaven: Could The Study Of Glossolalia Benefit Linguistic Theory”, this study of “speaking in tongues”, as glossolalia is informally known, influences my current efforts to respond to the “communicable disease” challenges posed by COVID-19 strategically.


Indeed, I cannot help but wonder, if my call in that thesis for research into the intersection of animal and human language, based on evidence of animal and human communication “cross contamination” in the Toronto Blessing phenomenon of the 1990s was heeded, might we have avoided the trespass by human beings into animal spaces that many believe is the origin of COVID-19?

And who would have imagined that humanity, having birthed a deadly global pandemic by our intrusion into the animal kingdom, might best battle the COVID-19 animal spirits by recourse to a song birthed in a metaphorical marriage of that most civilized game cricket with the untamed elements of the Caribbean’s natural environment?


That song, entitled “Cricket In the Jungle”, was released by Guyanese musical all-rounder Dave Martins and the Tradewinds in 1981.

As Imhotep at the bat

And, as would be expected, there have been a number of very meaningful and memorable contributions by Barbadian and other West Indies cricketers – including that team’s current batting coach Floyd Reifer.

I had the distinct pleasure of bowling the all-rounder Reifer during a Sunday beach cricket session that I, Barbadian political economist Don Marshall and other Barbadians of various ideological orientations regularly frequented in the 1990s.


I am also obliged to mention former West Indies team manager Ricky Skerritt who facilitated an opportunity for me to promote my “Batsman Psalm”, when I presented a copy of it to West Indies players in 2000.


Skerritt would have facilitated a similar presentation of my “Bowlers’ Psalm” to the players some time later but unfortunately less favorable circumstances intervened.


But as methodically as my mathematical mentor Peter Farnum, I continue to build an innings like the iconic Egyptian Imhotep, an architect and social engineer of the highest degree, it is believed.


Like the Italian renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci, a successor to Imhotep, at least cognitively, I continue to create and innovate for the benefit of myself and others, turning over the strike strategically.


PTTL is the latest manifestation of that commitment and determination.

Birthed in the crucible of the COVID-19 pandemic, Intelek International’s PTTL international online cricket tournament offers an array of actionable, practical responses to the devastation that this pandemic has wrought in our lives individually and collectively.


Modelled on the mental toughness and stick-to-it-iveness behind my meticulous unraveling of the approximately 1900 year-long confusion of the unwritten New Covenant with the written New Testament, I am convinced that PTTL has the capacity to reform and regenerate the deeply disrupted and traumatized world economy.


I am convinced that this cerebral, mainly cyber-space based version of the archetypal “gentleman’s game” cricket has the capacity to tame the rampant, raging COVID-19.

It has the capacity to generate the healthy, sporting good humor and composure that inspired my Cricket Psalms some twenty or so years ago.


A uniquely Caribbean creolizing of the heavenly and earthy, those Psalms remain a source of inspiration and insight to all who read them with an open mind and non-judgmental curiosity.

I close this introduction to the playful PTTL project with the first two of these psalms.


The King James Version of Psalm 23 and Psalm 1, on which these two psalms are based is also included to assist those who are not familiar with the Bible to appreciate my cricketing version’s artistry.

The Batsman’s Psalm

The Lord is my umpire,
for impartial judgement and fairness
I shall not want.
He maketh me to bat confidently on any pitch;
he leadeth me to detect elusive slow-pitched deliveries
from early.
He restoreth my run rate: he leadeth me in the path of
an excellent batting average for his name sake.

Yea, though I walk out to the crease to face the most
savage short-pitched deliveries, I shall fear no evil:
for thou art with me:
thy helmet, thigh pad and “you-know-what-box”,
they comfort me.
Thou preparest a triple-century for me in the presence
of my enemies;
thou annointest my bat with strokes;
the score board ticketh over.
Surely the most glorious straight-drives,
cover-drives, on-drives
square-cuts, backward sweeps, pulls, and hooks
shall follow me all the innings of my career
and my name shall be a memorial at Kensington Oval, forever.

The Bowler’s Psalm

  1. Blessed is the bowler that doth not over-step the crease continually,
    nor standeth in the way of the crossing batsmen,
    nor sitteth as the twelfth man in the pavilion.
  2. But his delight is to bewilder batsmen with the most testing deliveries,
    and on the penetration of their defenses
    and their early dismissal doth he meditate day and night.
  3. And he shall be the pick of his team’s bowling armory
    that breaketh up the most promising partnerships of rival teams,
    his attacking line and length also shall not waver,
    and all the traps he sets close-in or deep in the outfield shall prosper.
  4. The unthinking bowler is not so,
    but is like the loose delivery which batsmen driveth away to the boundary.
  5. Therefore will the reckless bowler not sustain a healthy bowling average,
    nor the indifferent bowler maintain a respectable position in the international bowling ratings.
  6. For the law of averages favors the way of the thinking and insightful bowler,
    but the way of the unreflecting pacer or spinner is really rather silly.

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

References
https://www.academia.edu/32345256/A_Voice_From_Heaven_Could_The_Study_Of_Glossolalia_Benefit_Linguistic_Theory