Belizean Update

Thursday, December 15, 2005, posted by jon at 1:52 PM | 0 comments

I realise now that my research is going to have to delve deeper before I embarque on an application to a country.

I have just come across details of the Belize national anthem which could well be my new anthem in due course. The lyrics are disturbing.

O, Land of the Free by the Carib Sea,
Our manhood we pledge to thy liberty!
No tyrants here linger, despots must flee
This tranquil haven of democracy.

I'm all in favour of the Belize attitude to tyrants and despots (or depots as I almost wrote) - they seem perfectly consistent with a fair democratic society.

However, I'm rather concerned with the behaviour of pledging one's manhood to the liberty of the nation. I'm hoping that it's entirely metaphorical since a nation without manhoods will not remain for long. And how could such a nation be described as a tranquil haven (line4)? Sounds like a bloodbath to me.

Lesson learnt however, I shall be researching national anthems more thoroughly in future.

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