US Ambassador, Brent Hardt, plays a dynamic role in our society. The adage that a village raises a child translates well to our world today: the global village raises a nation.
We need human development. Our society lacks two fundamental tenets of a 21st century society: focus on developing a knowledge society, and action to cultivate human development.
We know one thing for sure, in this year of 2014: we Guyanese live in a society trapped in developmental deformity.
Parliament, the national media and the State carry on a constant clattering noise of raucous rowdiness, quite divorced from the concerns of the citizens of this land.
Our nation, the Guyanese civilization, this society, exists in language. We chose to define ourselves, a nation forged under fiery forced labour in the British Empire, through words, names, language.
Our nation drags through its days, under the searing sun on the edge of the vast broiling Atlantic Ocean with the green waves of virgin forests shaping our dear land, facing this void: we lack a national vision.
Let’s look at our nation along its historical curve. From our formation as a people welded together in the fiery furnace of harsh, back-brukin’ labour on broiling-sun agro-estates, we today struggle to forge the Guyanese way of being.
Rice farmers walk their fields today with worried wrinkles on their faces, as they face poor paddy prices, uncertain international markets and hefty bank loans.
We must solve two challenges facing us as we work to develop our nation.
When former President Bharrat Jagdeo took ill last week and ended up in the United States for emergency medical treatment, we witnessed how low we could sink as a nation.
Our idea of what makes a developed society informs us how to build this nation.
Ironic, isn’t it, that on the same day news flared up in the United States and Europe that the Italian mafia connects with Guyana to smuggle narcotics across the world, General Secretary of the ruling political party, Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, was launching a verbal attack against the free, independent press?
How real is our Parliament, as a repository of the power of the people, to effect good governance?
Young people make up most of our nation’s population today. And unless we create sound ways to mentor and coach and develop these young minds, we would stumble along into our default future, another generation lost, unable to rise to our potential.
We face system failures in this society that cause severe social crisis. Given the broken state of our Criminal Justice system, we must face the critical system failure at the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Cussing out one another when we disagree on an issue cannot generate solutions to our problems.
We launch this new year, well into the second decade of the 21st century, with tremendous challenges facing us.
Guyanese around the world engage on social media with dynamic energy, sharing our views, ideas and opinions about the state of our homeland.
Mention the names of our parliamentary political parties, anywhere in this country, and watch how citizens react.
We talk so easily of the dichotomy between developed and developing societies, without staring stark reality in the face, without confronting the differences, without active challenging of our abstract acceptance of our condition.
Our nation faces crucial, crushing problems, and the only way out demands that citizens of good conscience and sound mind work at designing solutions.
Jay Jordan, born and bred in Canada, embodies a Guyanese story that we could easily lose.
For decades, great and noble Guyanese souls fought for democracy to become our solid foundation, believing it would lead to us realizing our true potential as a nation.
Blaming others for our faults and shortcomings seems to be a favourite pastime in this country.
In the face of stunning failures at State level to transform our nation, we must applaud the few citizens who envision and lead private initiatives to make a defining difference for Guyanese.