988. Rasta Bals (Rasta Gum)

Rasta Bals (Rasta Gum) supports his 5-year old daughter by selling Wrigley’s PK Spearmint gum. He stands by the traffic lights on a busy highway — as busy as they come in Curaçao — rain or shine, day or night.

Interviewer: “You could’ve done a bunch of other things… You could’ve sold drugs…”

Rasta Bals: “Drugs are no good, mati. Drugs are no good. We must set a good example for our youth, that way they’ll continue down an honest path. If they go down the wrong path, Jah Jah will get angry. Jah wants our land to be clean, it’s bad enough that they enslaved us in Africa — they abused us — and now we’re going to sell drugs? No. That’s how we’ll stay behind. Let’s all work together, and we’ll get ahead. If we do negative things, we ruin it for everyone. That’s why we should do positive things.”

“You have to be yourself. 100 could be against you, but 400 will be on your side. Bob Marley said it himself, if you get rejected by society, you try to adapt. But you have to be careful in what you choose – will you choose to be good or bad? I’ve chosen to be good. Because otherwise, your mother will suffer, your father will suffer, your child will suffer.”

“Never let shame dominate your actions. Because you know what’s really shameful? If you end up in the papers, handcuffed. Then they’ll say: look at that criminal! That’s shameful.”

“What I’m doing is positive… Here in Curaçao they might not see it… But god sees it, god sees it.”

This man is seriously awesome! Don’t forget to pass by Biesheuvel when you run out of PK gum.

About 1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao

I'm Carolina Gomes-Casseres, the creator of 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao. I live in and love Manhattan, but sometimes miss my first Awesome island...

One comment

  1. Neri

    E mener aki ta bende su bals nan na un forma hopi respetuoso, hopi anja pasa mi a dune fl 5 en bes di di fl1′ mi no a ni ripara. E di no dushi bo ta dunado mi di mas sen. Un kos so mi no ta eens ku ne, nos tin yu di korsownan ku ta autentiko, integro y positivo, Rasta Bals ta un bon ehempel di kon nos ta. Mayan mes lo mi kumpra PK serka dje.

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