Sep 20, 2010, 7:44 PM
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Re: [Reefhound] Whut We Have Heah is a Failuah to C´ommuncate*
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If you cannot see clearly who is right and who is wrong in a situation where one side destroys everything the other side owns and would have killed them if given the opportunity, then God help you. - -
The people who burned property certainly know that burning other's property is not a good thing, and mobs of any flavor are unpredictable and sometimes dangerous. But I think there is more to the story.
I was clearly in the right in one misunderstanding with one of our Yuco neighbors, but I found myself surrounded by police and neighbors who were eager to call me liar, liar, liar, & take me to jail, when 3 of the accusers were not even present at the time of the problem. Fortunately, I had taken fotos, and the police agreed that the fotos clearly showed that my points were factual - and the accuser's lawyer even agreed using a CD of the fotos that I provided, with authorities agreeing that they had no claim.
Did that make me "right"?
Could I, or should I have handled the situation differently?
Or, as the foreigner, should I be expected to be held to different or higher standards? Typically, yes. These problems often boil down to "us vs. them" cases - and as foreigners, we will always be "them" - which goes back to the point of the thread: the difficulty of communicating between very different cultures.
In my case, if I could go back in time, I would change my reactions to the problem, because, even though I was right, being right did not justify my initial reactions.
I certainly don't advocate mobs burning property, but is this case that simple? Are there risks inherent in choosing to live in remote jungle areas? e.g. Does it help for people to call their neighbors "savages".
In caring for 17 crocodiles, Cherie Rose points out that:
"We do more in one day than some people do in a lifetime."
Is there possibly more to the story (where the CNN version is just the tip of the iceberg) In response to a television reporter’s question soon after the fire, Vince Rose is reported to have replied:
“It's just unacceptable that a pre-meditated group of savages - -
- and they are not human beings, they are savages
- they should not even be out on the streets.
They should all be in prison because they are not human beings.”
Other observations from Belize report:
"These comments have been taken by many Belizeans as proof of the anti-Mayan views of the Roses." --
Do anti-Mayan views attributed to the Roses, justify a mob burning their home? No.
But maybe there is more to the story. Is this a cautionary tale that you can be right, but being right (and not having insurance) may leave you homeless and destitute in a foreign country? Some things just don't smell right about this tale.
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(This post was edited by YucaLandia on Sep 20, 2010, 8:02 PM)