Today’s Editorial for March 2: Apocalypse now

Last week, at a People’s
Progressive Party public meeting, Bodden Town Member of the Legislative
Assembly Anthony Eden said that some church-goers knew that many signs were
pointing to the end time and he urged everyone to prepare.

We know the Apocalypse is foretold
in the Bible and that many Christian religions preach it will be the time when
Christ returns. But whether one is religious or not, Caymanians and long-time
residents here have to recognise the troubling signs of a world gone seemingly

In a little more than five years,
we’ve had three hurricanes hit the Cayman Islands and several close misses;
we’ve had two earthquakes that were widely felt by residents and several
smaller tremors.

We’ve seen an unprecedented rise in
crime, especially violent crime. 

We’ve seen appalling murders of two
young Caymanian women and the outrageous shooting murder of a four-year-old

We’ve seen tensions between
Caymanians and expatriates increase to unprecedented levels.

We’ve watched as a global economic
crisis has driven away businesses, reduced tourism and left record numbers of
Caymanians unemployed.

We’ve seen a breakdown in respect
that seems to permeate our entire society.

We’ve seen the Cayman Islands
become the focus of negative attention of foreign politicians and media because
of our supposed tax haven activities, even though this country’s anti-money
laundering regimes are tighter than those of most G-20 nations.

We’ve had health scare after health
scare, with SARS, bird flu and most recently swine flu and dengue fever
frightening residents.

Yes, we live in scary times.  But most of the perils of today’s world are beyond
our control.  What is within or control
is the ability to live and let live and to love and respect our fellow human

Whether the Apocalypse is coming or
not, we all should be doing as much as we can to make life less worrisome in
these troubling times.