December – My telephone has not been fixed as yet although I told
Aunt Dolly I will be writing until it is fixed, so here goes and I have
plenty more to write about:-
TO AUNT DOLLY - on my 62nd birthday - WHERE RIGHT IS WRONG AND WRONG IS RIGHT – Part One
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stand how Aunt Dolly tells every body what to do I am getting sick of
it.” DeCourcey says today.
Sissy and Allan
called Aunt Dolly, Anthony Praxeles Brown, after their philosophy.
Prax – pratice - Praxean, is to do with fundamental issues of life
like ethics: what is morally good and bad - right and wrong - how should
we live? Should we strive for our own happiness or that of the
society in which we live? Is it right to be dishonest in a good
cause? Can we justify living in affluence while elsewhere
people are malnourished? What are obligations to family and to
justice and political wisdom as part of religion: with Christians it
was about what the Reformation was supposed to be. When Christianity
is reduced to performance; a Christians does this and does not do this,
it becomes ethical behaviour whereas what a Christian is and supposed
to be, when he is, who he is and what he has gone through is what he
becomes - how to deal with that?
what the Christopher Codrington III’s Trust was and is about (see
God Have Mercy by Angela Cole) - how to get back to wisdom
before the incense swinging and the little boys holding up priest gowns,
in Islam it was and is about the same thing, returning Islamic religion
to its source as compared to rituals.
“the justification of God as good when evil is observable in the world.”
Similar to the basic doctrine of the Carib: there is good and evil,
good will always be good so there is no need to bother; it is evil one
must seek protection against.
was near to my mother’s age and they grew up like sisters.
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In “A Tinkling in the Twilight” Mittelholzer’s semi-autobiographical protagonist is careful to highlight the sources of his thinking: e.g., Yogi Ramacharaka’s Advanced Course in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism. A cursory examination of Yogi Ramacharaka’s teaching (a broadly interpreted account of Hindu religious philosophy) raises points of interest for his literary critics. Did, for instance, Ramacharaka’s writings (which reveal the Yogi’s unquestioned acceptance of pseudo-scientific racism) have a conscious/subconscious impact on Mittelholzer’s ambivalent racial attitudes? Can it shed any light on the author’s preoccupation with such themes as strength versus weakness and spirit versus flesh.”
Edgar Austin Mittelholzer: A
Caribbean Voice …. Posted by Stabroek News on May 28,
2008 by Juanita Cox
is a PhD student writing a thesis, “Edgar Mittelholzer
and the Shaping of his Novels” at the University of Birmingham,
U.K. “Pseudo-scientific racism” - what she is trying to say
is that people try to analyse racism but there is no scientific explanation;
it is attitudinal. A lot of university graduates doing PHDs, especially
those, who are literary, just write a lot of high-falsity nonsense that
they borrow from several critics.
“As far as
I am concerned you inherit memories that go back and that you cannot
explain. You do something and somebody says your great grandmother
used to do that.” Arthur said.
“Eltonsbody, a novel that was not published until 1960 was, like Of Casuarinas and Cliffs, inspired by a short visit he had made to the Scotland District of Barbados in March 1944.”
Edgar Austin Mittelholzer: A Caribbean Voice …. Posted by
Stabroek News on May 28, 2008 by Juanita Cox
is located on Hackleton Cliff overlooking the Scotland District.
Mittelholzer did “visit” Malvern Plantation and wrote in fiction
that there was something mystic at the entrance to the estate house
and a few years back a douser passed by and Eric telephoned to say that
the douser had found something in the exact place, where Mittelholzer
“One of his
smallest works, Morning at the Office, is a wonderful
book, a work of art. It was set in a little office in Trinidad
and it captures the whole Caribbean experience. If Juanita Cox
is going to talk about racism then Mittelholzer does capture the racial
nuances of the people in the office. I wish he had written it
longer. I like those series of books - [Ed. Note.
The Kwyana Trilogy, Kwyana is the Carib name for Guyana and
it means land of many waters] because they inform something about
the Guyanese culture and tradition. He was representing the culture
and I swallowed them.” Arthur Gay said.
“Is Cox a
Caribbean person? A lot of our authorities are just collators,
they collate documents and piece together some sort of things that is
not exactly a true story. You have got to live the experience
to get inside a society.
“I met Mittleholzer
in London. He was writing and he did a lot of work for the BBC.
I spoke to him a few times when I used to go to the students union in
Earl’s Court. He was a semi mystic to me. It was confusing
to me, what he accepted as a philosophy of life. He had no explanations
he just said this is and that is that - cut and dry ideas, for instance
reincarnations. I do not know, who understood him. Certain
social attitudes I agree with him. He was not trying to be radical
but he was not conventional.
there was this formal meeting at Combermere School. Mittleholzer
sat up in the front and he wore scandals. I would not say I copied
him but when the teachers union had a dance at the Crane Hotel -
and for a lot of the fellows this was the first time they went to the
Crane - they wore formal suits, I wore my tux and I changed my shoes
and put on scandals. At the dance everybody was talking to me
and somebody noticed I did not have on shoes and one by one they disappear.
It is social snobbery.”
There has been
lots of critics on Mittelholzer work. He was of German and Carib
ancestry, not black as Cox claims. The most important thing is
that he was middle class and his family were never enslaved. Mittleholzer
was born in the Guianas, which in itself is a big sociological problem.
Not even Australia is there anywhere else that so many different races
met and mixed. There were Amerindians, African, free and slaves, European:
English, Dutch, Portuguese, French and East Indians.
This was a
colonial territory and except for the Caribs, everybody regardless of
colour and race were all colonial subjects. The only difference
was with the French, they were part of France and the Dutch, the biggest
slave traders, had a different system but for a long time there was
not open consciousness about the evil of slavery.
fictionalised his stories [see No: 24 The Last of the Bajan
Pirates] but his books are records of what went on around him.
He loved Wagner’s music and like Wagner’s music he wrote some of
his books in leitmotiv - meaning a recurring theme. He repeated
leitmotiv in a literary way. He even made themes within themes.
Certain phrases in the text seems detached from the main body but put
together they reveal a story, just like in a symphony.
is, however, the Carib child, who unlike Mittelholzer, who wrote the
story in fiction, set himself afire and burnt to death, has faced their
demons, fashioned a flute out of their bones and though the music has
long faded has retained the seed and written a modern symphony, not
in notes but words.” …
[see No: Last of the Bajan Pirates]
great granddaughter and Aunt Dolly’s granddaughter loves and plays
the classical flute and is one of the only two flautist in the youth
cannot help having a slant, something to prove and many of these students
have to come up with something spectacular even if it is not true but
for me Mittelholzer is not a complex person but a very simple person;
it is called non-linear thinking. The Theosophical Society teaches
that life is the highest art. It is a simplification that because
someone studies products of philosophy and is influenced by a philosophy
it means that that one philosophy is accepted in total to the exclusion
of all others. There is not only one way that is why there are
schools of thought.
a priest from Asia Minor, in Rome around B.C. 206. Ibn
Taymyh, was born 1263 in Harran, Mesopotamia, was much persecuted
and died in 1328 in Cairo. His books are the source of Praxean
understanding and Wahhabiyah, founded by Muhammad ibn “Abn al-Wahhad
in the latter half of the 18th Century and he wrote “Treaties
on Juridical Politics.” Praxis is what some scholars
at that time:- Mittlezleholzer, Sissy, Frank Collymore studied and led
to questions such as: was Jesus a man miraculously conceived, was he
divine or and what about the Trinity? There were two school -
one said: sole deity of God the father, that was an extreme monotheistic
view, the other held that Christ was a man with high degree of divine
wisdom and power.
the time my father died he had not worked out the answer to was Jesus
God?” Said Petra Collymore the daughter of national poet, Frank Collymore
was schooled at Combermere and never felt. He stayed and taught
and was a real Barbadian man. George Lamming, the writer, went
to Combermere and Collymore then, the editor of a magazine, BIM, published
George’s work. Collymore founded a theatre company, the Green
Room, in which my paternal aunt, Thelma, was an actress and Mittleholzer
The Laws of Consequences: Karma is “the unseen law which adjust wisely, intelligently and equitably each effect to its cause, tracing the latter back to its producer.” Paul said in his epistle to the Galations 6: 7 “For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
Karman a Sanskrit
term that expresses the law of consequences – “of unerring, never-failing
justice.” Reincarnation and Karma were part of the early Christian
doctrine but unfortunately many, have fallen for the Roman Catholic
concept of purgatory, that just before death, with no apology and no
amends to victims, sorry can be said to God and the soul passes into
purgatory for a while and from there to heaven.
There are a
lot of different layers of the truth. On the cross one man said
to Jesus: “I am sorry, take me with you.” He could not
make amends because it was too late but he was forgiven under the circumstance.
Grace is the extension of mercy and returns the wrongdoer to former
status as though the offence was never committed and thus the person
is purged. It is unearned mercy, where forgiveness is sought,
amends made and forgiveness received.
Nature or the Great Spirit, call it as you like it, is love and man
is made in that image then it shall not be too broad to believe in the
innate goodness of man that can be corrupted by his environment.
Love works on two levels: love for the human race; certain things that
certain people, who have no weight to their existence or who cannot
add to cares and concerns, do is like carrying excess baggage, like
taking a parcel for someone to find oneself trapped, like a friend,
who takes a parcel for another only to find at customs that the parcel
as we love or hate anyone, we have a tie with that individual which
will persist as long as that love or hate continues. So we all
come back to Earth together – friends, relatives, enemies
– to take up again our joys and sorrow, our work and play, our experiences
and lessons in human life.” … .Theosophical Society.
Care must be
taken in love and also to erase hate, therefore, removal of self from
the orbit or those, who from their youth have had their own way, regardless,
and from those whose world evolved around themselves, in the last decade
of life they cannot get out of their karma and they will go back the
same way they came. Those left behind cannot afford to agonize
over individuals, who put themselves out of the boundaries of forgiveness
to Mittelholzer question, is the new World mad and is it because of
the mixing of the races is not about racism it is to look and analyse
the behaviour of groups of people, who have socialized together over
centuries. Colour is unimportant.
ancestors has allowed me to study psycho-history to get in minds of
persons to interpret that which my great grandmother and grand-mother
did not understand and through this, as a Marxist, to try to make change.
“When I came
back here after the war Stanley house was a place to which everyone
tried to get an invite. When we made it there we thought we had
arrived.” Said Bob and ex-civil servant and Head of the
Commonwealth Liaison Unit. When his marriage broke up, he stayed
in an apartment attached to the south side of Stanley.
Council started at Stanley. Thelma was one of the actresses, she
sparkled, and she was a beauty.” Thelma was my father’s younger
sister. “We were the only two that Edgar Mittleholzer, mentioned when
he reviewed a play in which we acted. I was in love with her.”
Barbadian middle-class men, young and old were infatuated with Thelma.
was a Zen Buddhist to death – his charred body sat in the Buddhist
cross-legged position. Sissy’s study of comparative theology
led her to practice what every Muslim is required to do: “Will
the good and forbid the bad,” to the benefit of the common
good - (society) but when corrupted men sit in the seat of corrupted
justice what is there to bring? Where will justice be found? What
system can be used?
“It is all
about money?” Says Marjorie close childhood friend of the family.
they say comes back for his gift when least expected and so it was that
at the time, when money was most needed by the two humans beings that
Allan loved most of all that it was taken away.
It must have
been with a sense of hopelessness and trepidation that these girls entered
into adult life and the option my mother took was to stay besides decadence
and decadence done it became “you help me and I help you,”
because “that is how it is done since it is like that,” and with
pride, the greatest sin, because it is never seen until late, and what
meant very little or nothing at that time, down the road became omnivorous.
This binds with people who have a strain of weakness that goes deep and if it is never called into play everything would be all right but with lies, corruption and a chance to make money, gain position or friendships the weakness tells, coordination goes and fragmentation occurs and then anything can happen.
and spent, the remainder and property began to be seen as rightful inheritance.
An option would have been to pursue the culpable family members and
demand amends or a settlement. This was Capio di Capo, blood,
and which way to the brown side or stick with virtue?