Ways of Looking & Feeling
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 .