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Donovan Watkis releases second book on Jamaican culture : Coloring Culture

This book contains essays and articles that idealize a higher culture beyond privilege and rigged markets. It is my hope that by reading this book you will use your mind without prejudice and without reservation to understand things that challenge your usual customs, privileges, and beliefs. I was careful to share the basis for unfair advantages between those with the access to succeed in music, finance and technology and the underprivileged class who are, in most cases expected to do most of the hard labor, and carry the larger share of the environmental and economic burden for less reward. Classic meritocracy gave way to privilege. Michael Faust said in his book “The Meritocracy Party” that; “privilege kills competition, privilege kills entertainment and privilege kill merit.” Perhaps no other time in history has this been truer. Many people of talent sometimes find creative ways to make it into the masterclass using their natural abilities in athletics and the arts, only to meet upon sophisticated and celebrated systems designed to keep them in their place. Privileged people want a system that works for them, so their narratives and customs are for the sameness of things. They say: “that is how we have always done it.” For them, dissent is viewed as the disgrace. Those who try to break down the barriers are ritualistically scrutinized as deviants to be sent back from whence they came regardless of their contribution to civil society. So what is Coloring Culture? Since we were born we were given a birth certificate and called citizens. As citizens, we are given a flag with some colors within the borders of that flag. We also learn to color within the lines in coloring books and it becomes our norm. “Labor for learning”, “learn or leave”, “virtue in labor”, are all old School mottos that do not apply today. Today we know that we can use our brain to work and reach a farther distance that our bodies could. Yes, we need Labor but we need more brain Power than labor power. The robots are coming to take over the labor markets so maybe we can pass on our old mottos to the robots. Coloring Culture means seeing things differently. Going beyond the normative and usual conformity, to see brighter colors and different ways of solving old problems. Regardless of the boundaries already set, you can go outside those boundaries and declare favorably the dreams that are deep within your soul. This is the time for it. This book unpacks situations and happenings in the culture of humanity, beyond the aristocracy and democracy. I make suggestions for coloring new territories with shades of enlightenment to get around sophisticated systems that are designed for the privileged. We are all privileged people who can create the access we need, and this compilation of essays ride on the premise that a better culture is dependent on the collective esteem of the democratic society. I examine how the national interests may be beneficial to the cosmopolitan interest to forge alliances that will make a greater impact towards shifting the status quo. A culture that serves the national interest alone drives a wedge between humanity through protectionist practices, but adopting a modern cosmopolitan culture can break down barriers, solve greater problems, and find greater truths. If our ultimate goal is to make the world great through excellence, then we should afford ourselves the ability to think in new ways to find common solutions to common problems and embrace constant change that will give rewards based on continuous merit. In The words of John Legend: “One Day When the Glory Comes, It Will Be Ours”.

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