Pursue knowledge, understanding

Today more than ever before there is a great deal of talk about what may be term the socio-economic and political conditions in the Cayman Islands. I am convinced that these verbal pronouncements are mainly about casting blame for Cayman’s challenges on past and present politicians; thereby suggesting to the voters that a new generation of political leaders are necessary and possible. However, Caymanians complaining about conditions in our jurisdiction is not new.

What is new are the modern technologies that provide those with complaints, and those pretending they have the solutions, to be more vocal today than ever before. What continues to surprise me however is that after so much complaining Caymanians rarely use their votes to make significant changes in their political structure and the quality and ability of their leaders.

Caymanian political behaviour remains based on individualistic interest and our voters still consider their individual benefits rather than the interest of the whole. Perhaps if social studies had played a more crucial role in our educational system from a much earlier time we would all be more capable of conducting more rational and productive political discourses.

There has not been and will never be a democracy without a framework for intelligent considerations being developed and maintained. Starting in early September I will be teaching a course in Caribbean societies and another titled introduction to political science at the University College of the Cayman Islands.

I have had the privilege of lecturing at this small institution for two semesters and have realised that the courses I have thought were perhaps more enlightening to me than some of my students. I would hope again to improve my understanding of my socio-economic environments by having any person interested in us studying together, register for these courses.

One does not have to be pursuing a degree; just knowledge and understanding. The Greek philosopher Plato said that to know is to know we do not know. Certainly I agree with the general public that there are more questions than answers but this does not mean that all those who expose this theory know this to be so as a result of having dedicated a significant amount of time and energy in the quest for knowledge.

Frank McField


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