Rise from the Ashes – Phoenix Mythology

Go Lean Commentary

Creating a new society on the ashes of the old.

It is that simple …

… this is what “we” are trying to do.

This reminds us of the Phoenix mythology; which many ancient cultures depicted – Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Oriental, etc.:

Reference Title:  Phoenix (mythology)
In Ancient Greek folklore, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. Some legends say it dies in a show of flames and combustion, others that it simply dies and decomposes before being born again.[1] Most accounts say that it lived for 500 years before rebirth.[2] HerodotusLucanPliny the ElderPope Clement ILactantiusOvid, and Isidore of Seville are among those who have contributed to the retelling and transmission of the phoenix motif. The phoenix symbolized renewal in general, as well as entities and concepts such as the Sun, time, the Roman EmpireChristMary, and virginity.[3]

Scholars have observed analogues to the phoenix in a variety of cultures. These analogues include the Hindu garuda and bherunda, the Russian firebird, the Persian simorgh, the Georgian paskunji, the Arabian anqa, the Turkic Konrul, also called Zümrüdü Anka (“emerald anqa”), the Tibetan Me byi karmo, the Chinese Fenghuang and zhu que, and the Japanese hō-ō.[23]

Source: Retrieved June 21, 2020 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_(mythology)

Rather than trying to repair, sometimes we just need to just let it burn … and then re-build from the ashes.

Art Imitating Life # 1 – Song: “The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire; we don’t need no water, let the mo****-fu**** burn”.

Art Imitating Life # 2 – TV Series: “Little Fires Everywhere” – See Appendix VIDEO below for a summary.

Though the word Phoenix is not used in the 2013 book Go Lean…Caribbean – a roadmap to introduce and implement the technocratic Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU) – the descriptive concept is definitely presented. Early on, the book urges Caribbean stakeholders to … “do away with the Old and start anew”. See this excerpt from Page 10:

… whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. … When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

There is demand and there is supply. Just because a market does a poor job of delivering the supply does not mean that the demand has altered. No, for the 30 member-states of the political Caribbean, we still have the same demand:

A more perfect bond of union. We need a better fulfillment of the implied Social Contract. That is where …
… citizens surrender some of their freedoms and submit to the authority of the State in exchange for protection of remaining natural and legal rights.

The Caribbean has a demand for a better eco-system for all the societal engines: economics, security and governance. We need to “rise up from the ashes” of the failed-and-failing eco-systems and build a new system from scratch.

This is not just theoretical! Consider how the world is enduring the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis right now; people are dying and economies are being wrecked. The expectation is that global travel will re-emerge only slowly; so our tourist-based economies will soon suffer dire consequences. Thus, the clarion call to “rise from the ashes” is hard to ignore.

There is a lot of the Caribbean status quo that needs to “die” or “burn down”, to allow for a re-birth, re-generation and re-creation of a better version. These are the “ashes” … as related in this example from the Go Lean book (Page 33):

The economics of housing can be impacted with the over-supply of abandoned buildings, as it brings the value down for other properties, and sends out the false vision, like Detroit’s abandoned structures, that just a “little rehab” and their new manifestations will be readily available. Learning from Detroit, it is more beneficial to raze abandoned buildings and build anew – turn-around, rather than considering restoration or preservation.

Here too, is another example of the “ashes” in our societal economic engine:

The vision of the CU entails re-booting the economic engines of the region and the member-states; this cannot be accomplished without addressing the monetary issues, and the history of inflation and currency devaluation of the past. Many times a country’s failing currency moves it closer to Failed State status. A prime directive of the CU roadmap is to facilitate repatriation of the far-flung Diaspora. Many times the Currency crisis of the past directly contributed to major exodus of the country’s professional and middle classes. This was the case for Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Trinidad and others. – Go Lean book Page 73.

The Go Lean book invited the stakeholders in the Caribbean to (1) reboot and (2) turn-around; positing that it is essential now if there is to be any hope for a future for our society. The book asserted that the CU must elevate the priority on these two important action-verbs; doing so this many times:

  • Reboot – 90 times
  • Turn-around – 17 times

These urgings need to be heeded for our region to “rise from the ashes”.

Every month, the Go Lean movement presents a Teaching Series on a subject germane to Caribbean life. For this June 2020, our focus is on Rising from the Ashes. This is timely, as the whole world have been on Shutdown these past months due to the Coronavirus-COVID-19 pandemic and only now starting to re-open – Ashes abound. This is entry 1 of 6 for this series, which details the path and process of a Phoenix concept – rebooting and turning-around – so as to foster a new society.

The full catalog for this month’s series is listed as follows:

  1. Rising from the Ashes – The Phoenix rises from the Pandemic
  2. Rising from the Ashes – One person can make a difference – Dead or Alive
  3. Rising from the AshesNatural Disasters – The Price of Paradise
  4. Rising from the Ashes – Political Revolutions – Calling Balls and Strikes
  5. Rising from the Ashes – War – “What is it good for?”
  6. Rising from the Ashes – Wrong Ethos could also rise – Cautionary tale of patriotic German Jews

There are no Ands, Ifs or Buts; we need to turn-around and reboot to mitigate this COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly a half-a-million lives have died; so this is not just an academic discussion.

The Go Lean book presents an actual advocacy that addresses the Art, the Science of formal Turn-arounds. See here some of the specific plans, excerpts and headlines from Page 33, entitled:

10 Ways to Impact Turn-Arounds

1 Lean-in for the Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU).
The CU treaty facilitates a reboot of the region’s economic engines, security apparatus and emergency management (preparation/response) for the 30 member-states, 42 million people and $800 Billion GDP. The treaty allows for the establishment of Self Governing Entities where the CU will be the municipal administrator – this allows for civic planning, zoning, demolitions and imminent domain decision-making separate from the member-states. While too, dispositions of abandoned buildings in the member-states still relate to CU missions, as in the protection of image (“psychological trauma” is inflicted daily on neighbors of abandoned structures) and the quest for beauty. While beauty, aesthetics and preservation may be paramount for communities, these should only be a concern after basic needs are satisfied – housing is a basic need. The economics of housing can be impacted with the over-supply of abandoned buildings, as it brings the value down for other properties, and sends out the false vision, like Detroit’s abandoned structures, that just a “little rehab” and their new manifestations will be readily available. Learning from Detroit, it is more beneficial to raze abandoned buildings and build anew – turn-around, rather than considering restoration or preservation.
2 Bankruptcy Processing
3 Homeland Security Concerns
4 Property Tax Revenue and Services
5 Clean Slate / Blank Canvas
By razing abandoned buildings, the community can truly engage a turn-around strategy. The property now becomes a clean slate / blank canvas, ready for any new development or a return to a natural disposition of Caribbean flora/fauna.
6 Explosives Use – Art & Science
7 Demolition Jobs
It takes real talent and skill to raze abandoned buildings – that translates into jobs, demolition jobs. So the CU mission to create regional jobs can be enhanced with this community ethos to turn-around the property of abandoned buildings.
8 Recycling Materials
9 Community Gardens and Fruit Trees – by Non-Government Organizations (NGO)
10 Common Grazing Rights
Intercity agriculture has emerged as a community advocacy to reclaim abandoned properties – a handful of grazing goats or cattle can easily co-exist in a community without featuring a full agricultural atmosphere – no odors.

The points of fostering the best-practices in Turn-arounds and Reboots have been elaborated upon in many other previous blog-commentaries; consider this sample:

http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=19741 Rebooting from the Mono-Industrial Economic Landscape in the Region
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=19725 Rebooting to be ‘Basic’ about providing Basic Needs
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=19669 Rebooting the Eco-System to ‘Work From Home’
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=19452 Rebooting the Regional Currencies for a Single Market
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=18566 Lessons Learned – JPMorganChase Rebooting to make ‘Change’ happen
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=18475 Way Forward for Direct Foreign Investors ‘Wind-Downs’ (Bankruptcies)
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=18243 After Dorian, Regionalism – Need to Reboot Regionalism
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=17515 Turn-around: Changing the Culture & Currency of Commerce
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=17358 Marshall Plan – A Lesson in History for Turn-Arounds
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=17337 Industrial Reboots – Amusement Parks & 17 other industries

It is past time now for a Caribbean Phoenix.

But we do not need a mythical bird – this is not fantasy nor fiction – we need the heavy-lifting to actually reboot our communities. The Caribbean region is the best address on the planet, so we have a lot already to work with. We must simply lead, or follow (others who are trying to reboot) or lead-by-following – to make other people’s plans successful.

Yes, we can …

We can also learn much by studying other societies; those that have managed the crisis poorly and those who have rebooted and “turned it around” well. Take France for example …

They were also on a COVID-19 shutdown; their economy came to a halt; their bustling cultural center, Paris – which enjoys 25 million annual visitors – was locked down. They now have to rise from those ashes. Their plan is to do the heavy-lifting needed to thrive in a COVID-19 changed world. They plan to employ all the best-practices for Public Health management:

  • Test
  • Trace
  • Isolate

See this portrayed in the following news article:

Title: France rolls out tracing app, further eases anti-virus restrictions
Paris — France has rolled out its “StopCovid” contact tracing app as it continues easing restrictions on normal life aimed at curtailing the coronavirus disease in the country. Within a few hours of its release on Tuesday, the new app had been downloaded to smartphones more than 600,000 times, according to official figures.

The controversial app relies on Bluetooth to identify and build a list of other users that one comes in contact with. If any of them have identified themselves as having tested positive, the app will alert others that they may have been exposed to a risk, without ever identifying users to each other.

After initial privacy concerns, the government has stressed that using the app is entirely voluntary; data can be deleted from the server by the user at any point; and it can also be de-activated by the user.

“It’s simple, it’s easy, it complies with GDPR (European data protection law) etc., and you activate it only after you’ve gone through all the setup,” said Wendy Ann Smith, a psychologist in Paris who had COVID-19 symptoms in March but never got tested. She said she was comfortable using the app: “I have no worries, and I know this isn’t about me personally — it helps society as a whole.”

Fewer restrictions, with caveats
The tracing app was released the same day that another layer of restrictions was lifted across France. Restaurants and cafés across most of the country can now serve diners at well-spaced tables.

In the Paris region, where the virus is still circulating, tables are only allowed outdoors. To facilitate outdoor dining, the city has given blanket permission to bars and eateries to set up tables on sidewalks and public squares, as long as they don’t block pedestrian traffic. Many restaurants continue to offer takeout.

All elementary schools across the country are now open, but classroom sizes are limited and attendance is still voluntary.

Schools spent weeks leading up to Tuesday re-organizing desks, putting tape markers along hallways and planning how to combine online with in-class learning. All school cafeterias remain closed, and students’ lockers are off limits so children have to bring lunches and snacks in with them, and their schoolbooks home every day.

Middle schools are open across most of the country, but only partially in the Paris region. High schools have re-opened in two safer “green zones,” where there are fewer infections. Paris is still labelled orange, with some risk, so only vocational schools have been allowed to re-open in and around the capital.

Tuesday also saw museums and monuments permitted to re-open across the country, but many, including the Louvre museum, have opted to wait while they work out how to incorporate social distancing. Some tourist accommodation outside the Paris region has also been allowed to re-open.

Source: Posted June 3, 2020; retrieved June 21, 2020 from: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/france-coronavirus-restrictions-ease-restaurants-schools-covid-19-contract-tracing-app-rolled-out/?fbclid=IwAR3pl8xZ7VPh-EGNvRVYPasn9UiABqaqYBnU901jz078YkZKo1XQ3Zx8nb4

In summary, our Caribbean region needs to reboot and turn-around. We do not need to just put the fires out; no, we need to let it burn and start all over again with new (better) community ethos, strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies. Some 7 years ago, the Go Lean book identified these 4 Caribbean communities that need to completely reboot their societies:

  • 10 Ways to Reboot Freeport – Page 112
  • 10 Ways to Reboot Cuba – Page 236
  • 10 Ways to Reboot Haiti – Page 238
  • 10 Ways to Reboot Jamaica – Page 239

This was before this Coronavirus-COVID-19 crisis; that need to reboot is even more acute now.

We hereby urge all Caribbean stakeholders – government, citizens and trading partners – to lean-in to this Go Lean roadmap to reboot and turn-around the Caribbean homeland. We must simply ‘burn it down”, get rid of the old-bad, and then “rise up from the ashes” by starting anew: better, stronger, richer, healthier and wiser.

This is heavy-lifting, yes, but worth the effort. This is how we will make our homeland a better place to live, work and play. 🙂

About the Book
The book Go Lean…Caribbean serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the technocratic Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU), for the elevation of Caribbean society – for all member-states. This CU/Go Lean roadmap has these 3 prime directives:

  • Optimization of the economic engines in order to grow the regional economy to $800 Billion & create 2.2 million new jobs.
  • Establishment of a security apparatus to ensure public safety and protect the resultant economic engines.
  • Improve Caribbean governance to support these engines, including a separation-of-powers between the member-states and CU federal agencies.

The Go Lean book provides 370-pages of turn-by-turn instructions on “how” to adopt new community ethos, plus the strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies to execute so as to reboot, reform and transform the societal engines of Caribbean society.

Download the free e-Book of Go Lean … Caribbean – now!

Who We Are
The movement behind the Go Lean book – a non-partisan, apolitical, religiously-neutral Community Development Foundation chartered for the purpose of empowering and re-booting economic engines – stresses that reforming and transforming the Caribbean societal engines must be a regional pursuit. This was an early motivation for the roadmap, as pronounced in the opening Declaration of Interdependence (Pages 11 – 13):

xi. Whereas all men are entitled to the benefits of good governance in a free society, “new guards” must be enacted to dissuade the emergence of incompetence, corruption, nepotism and cronyism at the peril of the people’s best interest. The Federation must guarantee the executions of a social contract between government and the governed.

xvi. Whereas security of our homeland is inextricably linked to prosperity of the homeland, the economic and security interest of the region needs to be aligned under the same governance. Since economic crimes … can imperil the functioning of the wheels of commerce for all the citizenry, the accedence of this Federation must equip the security apparatus with the tools and techniques for predictive and proactive interdictions.

xxiv.  Whereas a free market economy can be induced and spurred for continuous progress, the Federation must install the controls to better manage aspects of the economy: jobs, inflation, savings rate, investments and other economic principles. Thereby attracting direct foreign investment because of the stability and vibrancy of our economy.

Sign the petition to lean-in for this roadmap for the Caribbean Union Trade Federation.


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