Here are the words of the late great Tupac Amaru Shakur (1971-1996) on the state of his country
Right now our country is in shambles right now and
It’s not that we gotta be this way,
It’s just that that’s how they want us to be-they want us to be like this
So that the poor people kill the poor people,
The rich get paid off of selling the poor people dreams
Of being rich.
-2Pac (Italicized words reworded due to obscene language)
Reflection by Yours Truly
You and I, my neighbor, your neighbor, and our relatives
We all dream of better days,
Days we will hop out of a comfortable car
Onto the pavement
So our shoes can remain spotless every day
Forget about the muddy paths.
Dreams of a cruise that doesn’t hurt our backs
We- at least those that are still in the journey-
All dream of a public healthcare
That will not let us down when the time comes,
So cancer and its relatives
Don’t become a death sentence.
We dream of an education that is of relevance-
Carving out useful citizens out of our kids.
A system that works to sustain the nation
Instead of just oiling its working parts
A system full of sellers of dreams is all we got,
Selling us dreams of getting rich
It is why the gambling fever has taken over us.
Even the taxman is green in envy at how much betting companies make
The moral police are up in arms against gambling.
The next thing you will hear is absolute ban on gambling
Unless money speaks, as usual.
What these people forget
Is that gambling is a result of dream-selling
Over the years people have bought into the narrative that,
If we make wise decisions on the ballot, or know certain people, or do something
That they are going to forget poverty there and then.
This has been something like a merry-go round chama
Unlike the chama, your turn never comes.
Gambling is a just a form of people taking matters into their own hands,
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