Even Sigmund Freud admitted it was impossible to capture a full understanding of human beings. If Freud was alive one wonders how obsessive he would have been trying to figure out the nature of a group of people named Guyanese.
Former President Bharrat Jagdeo was the guest speaker at a dinner of the Guyana Manufacturing Association, last Friday. Mr. Jagdeo was his usual self – a man desperately running from conversations about his time when he was President in Guyana. Mr. Jagdeo never faced such a circumstance in his entire twelve years of power expansion.
He succeeded in his infamous game of evasion because he shaped the turf on which he operated. He did it again at the dinner. He told his hosts that the question period must be confined to his topic of climate change. And his meek and sheepish guests robotically adhered to the dictate of their benefactor.
There was one exception. Someone got up and asked a question outside Mr. Jagdeo’s comfort zone. The questioner wanted to know if Mr. Jagdeo is interested in a third term. It was a wrong question given all the atrocities Mr. Jagdeo committed against Guyana but I suppose the questioner felt that was important.
No one felt the moral and nationalist compulsion to ask Mr. Jagdeo why Guyana needs a Marriott Hotel and not a university? The people who refused to submit such a curiosity are self-destructive. Civilization has survived and the human mind has invented tools that have kept civilization alive because of education.
Countries have become great because of their emphasis on education. Countries will become great if they put national priority on education. Our only university that was so great (my unapologetic description) of which this columnist is a beneficiary, is dying. The consensus among most people associated with UG is that unless there is a united Guyana behind it with vast input of resources, it will not survive another five years.
With a moribund university in our midst, Jagdeo was bold enough to extol the virtues of his pet project, Marriot. He cited the abundance of hotels in Trinidad and Barbados yet those two nations built a Marriott. What the fools who were listening to Jagdeo didn’t know or care to know, is that Barbados has UWI and Trinidad has three universities including UWI and all four universities are billions of miles (make that trillions) ahead of our dying UG.
If you think people are barefaced and if you think some human beings are stupid, then read further to hear what Jagdeo told his audience. The former President who led an entire country to believe he had a legally married wife said that he believes rulers must have the input from the population when they make policies.
When Jagdeo said that, every decent guest should have left. Only three groups should have remained- the diplomats who had to stay; the business people who had to attend because they have been the recipient of Jagdeo’s immoral giveaway of Guyana’s resources; and those who love to eat and would not have missed the food for the world.
Any physical investigation of those guests who have revealed that all of them, without exception, have traveled to more than six modern territories in the world and have seen the physical environment of these countries and have made a comparison with Guyana, this country would be a virtual pig sty. Yet they spent two hours listening to Mr. Jagdeo ramble about climate change and the environment.
In common talk around the place Mr. Jagdeo is jokingly called the “Champion of Dirt” after he received the UN Award – Champion of the Earth. This cynicism permeated this country because of the garbage, miasma, bushes, faeces and filth that overrun most of the ten regions of Guyana during the twelve years of Mr. Jagdeo’s rule.
How do the people at this dinner feel when they go home and see their spouses and children? What goes through their minds when they know that family members can easily pick up a deadly disease in Guyana just walking through a street in downtown Georgetown, a situation created by the very man that they rose from their seats to clap? We must be afraid at this moment of the danger of Ebola. Ebola makes the AIDS virus look like a joke.
I return to an observation I made in a column last week. No human should wish illness and death to another. But could you sympathize with people who are so cruel that they court their own death and that of their family for thirty pieces of silver? Is Ebola coming to Guyana?
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