Are the Cayman Islands losing their identity?
It would appear so, taking a cursory glance at bad driving from motorists and bicyclists and bad manners in general.
The genteel nature of the Cayman Islands is slowly being pushed down as more and more people from other countries move into the islands and bring with them their bad habits.
For instance cyclists here ride on the left side of the road. More and more bicyclists are being observed daily, and at night, driving on the right hand side and even in the middle of the road.
It’s not only an issue of courtesy, but one of safety.
And while on the subject of bicycle safety, too many cyclists are riding at night and in the wee hours of the morning without lights or reflective gear to alert vehicle drivers of their presence.
Bad manners are also engulfing the Cayman Islands. In the past young men were taught by their parents to open doors on building and vehicles for ladies, both young and old.
This common practice of courtesy is falling by the wayside at an alarming rate.
Those are just a couple of examples of how Cayman culture is slowly being eaten away.
It is fine to welcome visitors, workers and would-be property owners to the Cayman Islands. It helps to keep our financial machine well oiled.
But welcoming in strangers and letting them take over the Cayman culture are two entirely different things.
It is said that when in Rome, do as the Romans do.
When in Cayman, learn the ways of the Cayman Islands, embrace and support the heritage and culture that is this place.