As a series of town hall meetings kicks off across the Islands and information is piped into every orifice of our collective being, the blaring question remains unanswered. Will there ever be a new generation of Caymanians able to change our Islands for the better?
Anyone who absorbs the information of the day and now by the hour, will understand the notions that swirl around our heads. We are a 21st Century community stuck with 19th Century leadership. The rhetoric is so stale, so uninspired that we are all becoming empathic to its scalding presence.
There is an outward shell of discontent, confusion and anger present daily on our social network mediums. Local blogs have become the marl road of the past, Facebook has replace our village shop step debates and the community outreach of our churches are now featured in the Tweets from the vibrating and ever adopting façade of our varied and plentiful social watering holes.
But our leadership, the actions of our governance remains cripplingly “off-line” unable to adjust or even demonstrate its adaptability to what is now a community of better educated, adequately exposed and questioning minds with far reaching intellects. The young people of today are not like the young people of the past. There is a greater confidence to challenge, to question and assess opinions and information that can foster a community of independent yet connected social thinkers.
Our leadership embarrasses us and is evident daily in our use of social media to connect with our respective social communities. We crave anonymity in our blogs not because we are scared, but because we are embarrassed, as our leadership no longer represents who we want to be or who we would want our children to emulate. It’s a sour pill to swallow, to be truthful and honest, but democracy with its worse clothing only produces the leadership, which a community allows.
If you can ever brave the air of monastic egoism and enter our parliament on a day in session, the odour of mediocrity is over powering. On critical examination, the reason is easily identified for the state of our affairs. With the exception of a few, the majority of our elected officials have never ever achieved any success social or economic outside of their locally rewarding and increasingly isolating political careers.
We are naturally dammed with the consequences we now all suffer. Out the window has gone the notion of achievement paramount, service first and self last. As we watch the luxury cars file out of the LA parking lot, some driving; others being driven. One cannot help but feel disturbed, as the same individual/s out of elected office present a much more humble demeanour and much more shallow pockets.
We have a massive problem here, as we have created a Tammy Fae and Jim Baker type PTL – “pay the leader” culture. Do we have the strength to reverse our mistake, take responsibility that we the voters have encouraged and allowed our democracy to develop in this direction? Or will we continue to turn a blind eye, hide our true dismay and accept the consequences, which a disillusioned society brings.
We need leaders who can inspire us to be respectful of our past, grateful of our present and hopeful of our future. Not just those who can only reflect to us the failures of our collective sense of shock and sorrow for what we have allowed ourselves to become.