Our people are dying violently everyday, being thrown against each other in gladiator styled sport with our mothers left wringing their hands and crying inconsolably.
The failure of the people to see and act and the failure of the Government to know and to act is contributing nothing to stem the flow of blood and tears, and grief has become the undercurrent of our society.
One does not have to go too far out of one's way to touch it.
Our frail, elderly, and very young are being torn apart by the most depraved and barbaric acts our collective imagination can throw up as lawlessness abounds; driving has become a means of displaying anger, people are literally colliding with each other in demonstration of frustrated personal power in a land where the expression of self requires the triumph over another in even the most mundane of things.
Has our self loathing and frustrated personal power been turned in on itself?
The ghetto youth system has become a gang culture almost overnight in retaliation to/against the cruel joke of 'protect and serve,' and we, the custodians of tomorrow are clamoring for success in a misdirected effort long on PR devoid of substance, busy treating symptoms and ignoring root cause while turf war becomes entrenched and more violent daily.
Is it that we simply could not be bothered to care anymore?
The failure of successive administrations does not frree us from the guilt or make us any less complicit in the carnage and the useless loss of life, yet we fail to see that the final act is always our own, that only what we collectively allow can occur.
The drug trade has moved up the ladder from the dark corners it once inhabited to the Boardrooms and the Parliament through both of our major political Parties who, in their struggle to the death for power, rationalizes sleeping with the devil foolishly ignoring that once consummated, the devil is a lover that will not be spurned.
It is clear that both the PNM and the UNC are compromised from within, and I dare say neither holds the key to this country's best interest or, at least not as currently compromised as they have become 'too' political in nature and seem to have no clue as to people management and governance; somehow they seem to have overlooked the notion that plans require substance, timelines and the means to track deliverables; instead, we are treated to inane proposals that should never have left the Cabinet propped up by spin and more spin
Democracy places a huge responsibility on the citizen to get involved, to be part of the collective voice and even to sacrifice self comfort for the greater good; instead and in exchange we put personal needs first, viewing the world through a prism of self wants and self needs, leaving the 'pesky politics' to the politicians and crying to the heavens when the wolf reaches our door.
Again, WE are the system; the system can only fail us if we first fail it, how are we missing this?
Us being a nation of whiners and complainers waiting for the next 'daddy' to come along and save us needs to change.
We need to realize that we are 'it.'
We need to, for the most part where practical, ignore the Government and organize ourselves into proactive people bent on solving problems, making things better, changing lives.
The funding will be there long after we vote this or whichever Government out of Office, and building in lean times is good for long term success in any case.
People involvement is the most critical thing in every equation and no amount of money is going to make us better to each other and we need to learn that fact and learn it fast if we are really going to succeed as a nation.
We need to become a people of excellence in everything we do.
Start now, start today, make every decision, every action based on personal best.
Practice asking yourself always - is this really the best that I can be?
The future of our nation is in the answer to that question.