The basics of a liberal democracy serves equality. I believe we need a society where the motive for the economic system should be primarily for the welfare of people. This is democratic socialism. Without independent judicial control, we cannot give effect to the essential values of our society. Law and freedom is the basic philosophy of liberalism and without liberal reform society doesn’t move forward. Ultimately I think progress without spirituality is like a life surrounded by unknown perils and can be compared to a body without a soul. I must say that I feel blessed, incredibly blessed under the circumstances to have been able to produce such a body of work.
In Deeper Soul is the quest to inspire. There are days that you wonder, what your role is and what it still can be in this precious existence. From my point of view no religion, no party, no logo, and indeed no skin color is more important than the human being… it’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice… I didn’t read every single book in the Barbados public library, but there were times where I read and read forgetting time. In some instinctive way I knew that what was happening in those books was also happening all around me, and I was trying to make a connection between the books and the life I saw and the life I live. Especially down at the family’s beach kiosk.
My residence in Rockley Barbados, was only minutes from the coastal highway Hastings. Hastings at that time was an area dotted with hotels and many wealthy guest houses. The predominantly black neighborhood of Rockley Hastings was a very different environment to the dodgy world down on the coastal avenue. Kinder-garden for me was at the beach amidst the waterfront hustlers and dealers. Primary school was situated in Hastings at the St. Matthias boys. I had always been inquisitive and resentful of anyone dare telling me which way I couldn’t go in Hastings. I didn’t know how I would use my mind or if I could. It was the only thing I had to use. Born and raised in the coastal community of Rockley-Hastings brought opportunities. Beach-cricket and soccer, fishing, swimming, sailing, surfing and turfing – a healthy recreational lifestyle to choose.
Growing up with a grandmother who was critical in instilling pride and self-confidence – She didn't drive me to be that way, but just being touched by her special love brought that pride – The spirit of the Golden Rule moved her each and every day and she showed love to everyone. From a very early age working at our waterfront kiosk had exposed me to people from all corners of the planet. It’s where I learnt not to judge and to stereotype but to be tolerant and open-minded. The greatest teacher and always showed her strong family values. She was very social with strong support for the mothers Union within the anglican church, but the economical support of her family always came first. My outlook was never to conform to the over-simplifying of what an Afro-Caribbean writer should be. My roots orientation have stayed true with my book Deeper Soul. It is my belief that despite other people's expectations, firstly you have to be true to yourself. For most North American and European countries they express challenges in publishing foreign writers from the southern hemisphere. Residing in Switzerland for just over twenty-five years. A wife who team manager in a Swiss national travel office in this panoramic land. The luxury of travelling throughout central Europe and the Mediterranean has been an amazing journey. My accent whether in English or German remains Caribbean. Nevertheless, I think accents should not get in the way of telling a story which everyone can appreciate and enjoy. For where there’s more acceptance of diversity the message becomes broader and deeper.
The tradition of literature in the English language is sublime. There's no question about that. I would never want to get rid of Shakespeare or Milton or Dickens or any of these people, but I want to make room for other great writers. Writers like George Lamming, Kamau Brathwaite, Wole Soyinka or Walcott or Toni Morrison or you know, the list could go on and on, and that's been a very important battle and it's a battle, quite frankly, that I think we've now won because most major schools of education now accept the principles and premises of a multicultural literary or multicultural historical curriculum.
The vision of Rain (raggamuff) is a perception of Love, consciousness, truth and empathy. Jah in the form of the Holy Spirit (incarnate) lives within the human. For this reason, I refer to myself as I and I, which emphasizes the equality between all people. Together we all go further.
Because we may disagree with you on your views of sexuality it does not give me the right to demean you, to demoralize you, to defame you, to turn you into a demon. It’s not against the law for you to love anybody, man or woman. It’s not criminal and it shouldn’t be. Our sexuality holds its accordance with the traditional family. Meaning we don’t support certain causes of the LGBT. In this sense we believe you don’t have to be a strong promoter of LGBT issues but still respect people at the same time. All people of the society should be compassionate to each other, treat each other right on a human level and just go on from there. I may not approve or champion of certain causes that they have but I would not stand up to physically attacking a person because of their sexual preference. Discrimination on hiring because of a lifestyle is wrong, or on housing or things concerning the basic human rights. It’s not about us determining if it’s right or wrong because we are not Jah/God. I am a servant of Jah, the light of justice, truth and love.
Our Earth is not a land we live in, but a world that lives within us. We hope for this beloved soil, to protect her Unity and more so, her image. 'Then we would cook corn-meal porridge; Of which I'll share with you. My feet is my only carriage, so I've got to push on through; Everything's gonna be alright....so let it Rain...
For the simple reason, our existence is very much based upon hope. There is no guarantee that our future is something good, but we simply exist on hope. Hope means something good, something better. Therefore, once hope is lost and completely demoralized, that mental attitude itself shortens your life, hurts your physical life, and then things become difficult. Despite difficulties, always keep optimism. We can overcome these difficulties.’ That mental attitude itself will bring inner strength and self-confidence. The basis of cooperation is trust, friendship, so we appreciate already the work of serving others. That’s wonderful. Real happiness has to do with emotion, not money. Therefore, please brothers and sisters, pay some attention about our inner values. Let the brilliance of your brain and warm-heartedness come together. Rain raggamuff. AJANI.