Ways of Looking & Feeling
In the time since this nation achieved political independence from Britain – over the past 50 years - several nations saw their people lifted out of gross poverty .
Promise and potential exist side by side with plight and hardship in this country .
Berbice exudes the kind of charming calm that countryside living offers .
People coming into this country travel along the shocking eyesore that is the East Bank Demerara corridor .
To endure the rat race of living in a world of all-too-frequent troubles, it’s useful to cultivate a big goal, a life pursuit that furnishes one’s days with fun, .
Internet-driven technology continues to transform the world, and the new future rushes at the global village so fast that the old order comes crashing down with hardly any warning .
Craig Village lies nestled, serene, on the eastern bank of the Demerara river, mid-way between Georgetown and the international airport at Timehri .
Sir Shridath Ramphal co-chaired the Commission for Global Governance with the Swedish Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson in 1992 .
My first job after graduating Central High School saw me turn up to work every morning to face a blank blackboard .
Mentors make men and women strive for the extraordinary .
Shivnarine Chanderpaul stands out as a great Guyanese, joining the long list of sportspersons who escaped the poverty of small-village rural living to conquer the world .
How could poor societies uplift their citizens? What action could this country take to safeguard the next generation against the numbing effects of poverty?The rise of India, China and our own neighbouring Brazil has seen the lifting of nearly a billion people out of gross poverty .
Innovation stands as the new buzz word of the world’s top business leaders .
Once the Garden City .
Something is indeed rotten in the state of our nation .
“Some people don’t just live: they lead a life .
What kind of society do we live in?I am friends with a former senior St Lucia government official and top businessman there who, when he heard about the gross corruption rampant here, said business-state corruption riddles Caribbean societies .
In this Information Age where knowledge ranks as the top traded commodity in the global village, our society seems deformed and dysfunctional .
“Where shall wisdom be found?”This question forms the title to a probing book by literary critic Harold Bloom that seeks to investigate where humankind may find the fundamental answers to life’s fundamental challenges .
Who is a Guyanese? What makes a person qualify to be a Guyanese? This question becomes important because we see all manner of shenanigans as various sub-cultures become vociferous in demanding their place in the society .
We look up to our leaders as mentors, inspiring examples of how to live well, and as having our best interests at heart .
One laptop hooked up to wireless internet hands power to the single individual in society .
How Government spends public money generates controversy year after year .
Who inspires this nation?Men and women proclaim themselves leaders – in business, politics, civic organizations and even religion .
News on the dawn of 2011 that the Inter-American Development Bank wants to work with enterprising entrepreneurs comes with a huge sigh of relief .
Small village living comes easy to us .
When people look in to Guyana what do they see? What do others feel about us as a society? When foreigners walk the streets of Georgetown, talk to us and encounter our socio-cultural norms, what do they see?Do they see what we aspire to? Or do they see that we struggle to provide our basic needs and wants?Walking through the villages of Corentyne, .
Where do new ideas come from? Such a question may sound strange to us, especially in our Guyanese society still obsessed with the little things of daily existence .
Georgetown suffers from poor management .
Think design – life design: I could design my life the way an architect designs a building, for aesthetic beauty, for creative flair, to be a human being of value, living to transform my world into a just social space .
Stabroek News introduces a weekly column by journalist and former SN reporter, Shaun Michael Samaroo .