This is a fervent plea to all young people of voting age to do their duty, as Guyana needs them. Remember that today the stage is being set for tomorrow, – a tomorrow when the young people of today will be in charge.
At this point in time the entire world – First World as well as Third World – seems to be afflicted with mistrust and alleged injustices, from Wall Street to the Middle East. And the common denominator which runs through them all has to do with either morality or ethics or both.
The solution seems to lie with an implicit adherence to a morality of a higher order which does not allow for Opium wars, gun-boat diplomacy and measures designed to stem the advances of the so-called La Menace Jaune (the yellow peril). In actual fact, we are embracing the result of our overall behaviour over the years. In a sense this is our KARMA.
And it is in this context that we can lead the way. If the impending elections are held appropriately and with both young and old alike fulfilling their duties, a significant step would have been taken in the right direction.
Let it be clearly understood that our national problems are no different from those on the international scene – namely a microcosm of the macrocosm.
And the pointers to lead us on are already there. The impartial elements of the local press have already identified the less worthy and even deleterious sections of our society. With this in mind and using it as a guiding light it would not be difficult to discern the appropriate way forward.
While a person’s philosophy may change, it is also true that a leopard cannot change its spots. The sheep must be differentiated from the wolves. There are many out there who are only interested in filling their pockets at the expense of others, and will say or do anything to achieve this end.
The acid test is the acceptance of the principle that the implementation of an appropriate programme takes precedence over the individual. There can be no compromise on this. The supporters of this principle must be seen as an avant garde of the new order.
To summarise our situation is no different from that of the international scene which has its roots in an unaccepted morality.
This tiny ex-British colony on the Northern Coast of South America in doing its duty can point the way forward to the entire world.
John Fredericks M.D.