Sign of the times?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - CLASSIFIED -

By now it’s no se­cret that thou­sands of stu­dents the world over, who had sold their souls in pur­suit of de­grees they hoped would open doors into cer­tain pro­fes­sions, now have good rea­son for re­gret. The jobs they planned to do for the rest of their lives, to make life ca­reers, have lost their rel­e­vance in our Brand New World.

Cer­tain words have also be­come re­dun­dant. Words like “credit.” In­creas­ingly, you are re­quired to pay on the spot for what you want, or go with­out.

Our pic­ture speaks vol­umes on the sub­ject: a Jounen Kweyol ven­dor perched on a chair of bam­boo while stay­ing in touch with mod­ern re­al­ity via her tablet. Is she read­ing the lat­est on ISIS? On Kenny An­thony’s pre-elec­tion prom­ises? The weather? Or is she check­ing on ac­tiv­i­ties once as­so­ci­ated only with red-light dis­trict ac­tiv­i­ties?

We have no way of know­ing. On the other hand, the mes­sage on her plas­tic bucket couldn’t be clearer, even though we are left to won­der what pre­cisely is the com­mod­ity she’s of­fer­ing only to buy­ers with hard cash!

Photo by Bill Mort­ley

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