In need of new vi­sion

“Have no fear for atomic en­ergy, none of them can’t stop the time”

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

IQUOTED this line of the Bob Mar­ley song to my class of be­wil­dered mil­len­ni­als this morn­ing in class at UWI. We were study­ing lead­er­ship and we tried to un­der­stand the kind of lead­er­ship that Mr Trump would pro­vide. Many were shell-shocked and feel­ing de­spon­dent, and we dis­cussed those who might be ju­bi­lant at this time. We tried to un­der­stand how the charis­matic pres­i­den­t­elect might ap­peal to those white Americans who thought that Amer­ica was no longer great. We know of the back­lash to Obama, which is not un­ex­pected in Amer­ica’s racist heart­land.

We dis­cussed the chal­lenge to the third demo­cratic term and the idea of Hil­lary Clin­ton. Amer­ica likes to be­lieve that it is the great­est coun­try in the world. It might well be, but it con­sists of hu­man be­ings who are just like other hu­man be­ings in the world. We saw democ­racy un­der pres­sure, racism, dis­re­spect of women and a fla­grant dis­re­gard for di­ver­sity. We re­alise that na­tions and or­gan­i­sa­tions need in­spired lead­ers with a vi­sion who can help peo­ple to sur­mount ob­sta­cles and achieve goals.

PO­LIT­I­CAL SYS­TEM IS USE­LESS

We re­alise that most of the young peo­ple in the class have opted out of our po­lit­i­cal process in the Caribbean; did not in­tend to vote and have dis­missed pol­i­tics and politi­cians as cor­rupt and self-serv­ing with­out any sus­tain­ing vi­sion. They seem to be­lieve that they have to or­gan­ise their lives on their own as the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem is use­less. Sadly, my own youth­ful en­thu­si­asm and faith in our lead­ers has hit an all-time low, although I try to sug­gest to the young peo­ple that they have to be­come trans­for­ma­tional lead­ers them­selves.

Our own sit­u­a­tion is very dire and I hope that more than the 30 per cent who voted in the last lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions will come out on Novem­ber 28. We are des­per­ately in need of a new vi­sion for Ja­maica, and on a day like to­day we re­alise how im­por­tant it is for us to fix our coun­try so that we are not beg­ging the USA, Canada and Eng­land to take us in. It is time for us to sing re­demp­tion songs.

HI­LARY ROBERT­SON-HICK­LING hi­lary.hick­ling@gmail.com

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