The thinking was that there was going to be a round of cheering. A long and loud round for the local robotic team that did so well in Dubai and made us so proud here in little Guyana. That placement in the upper 25% of participants in an international tussle does say something about what we have among the homebred. It is a group that bears watching, as they could be going places.
Yet, from all indications, the response here has been ho-hum, one prolonged yawning and yearning (The First Lady’s recognition notwithstanding) for one of the few exciting developments in Guyana.
Truth be told, exciting would be the sexy games that mesmerize, like the thrill of a chair selection, the herky-jerky of a list that lists to starboard and then port, clear as day for a time, then cobwebbed in tense murkiness, and all the while an endless series of appeals to one tribunal after another.
It is judicial window-shopping in action and, in the hope, that, sooner or later, the jackpot will be found, through stumbling upon a bargain that is deemed favourable. It is a numbers game: the more rolls of the appeals dice, the better the chance of the success pursued.
Those are the things that engage and enthrall Guyanese round the clock. The few things that are positive do not register on the scale of interest, not even a rare good thing, not even an extraordinary happening, like competing with the better-equipped, the bigger dogs, and holding own in sterling fashion.
The Guyanese robotic team’s performance is like a tree falling in the deep forest with nothing stirred, nothing noticed, nothing that means something. Sad!
Regrettable as to how much we have diminished, keep fading, when our champions -young, industrious, talented – go begging into the night. Unheralded and largely unrecognized for what was a singular achievement. Thus, educational strivers, our scientific and technological pioneers languish.
On the other hand, and as a grotesque example of how depraved this nation has become, political people who have made losers of land and layman stand as lauded heroes, are slavishly followed, and every utterance and deed swallowed and digested, as though they possessed mystical powers.
It is a fiercely competitive crowd of the tribally and socially robotic that is bound to finish in the top 1% of any competition, against universal comers.
When the craven can command centre stage, the untouched criminally successful lecture us about visions and principle and ethics, then there should be realization as to the darkness that now blankets this land.
Where does this leave our internationally tested overachievers? What pride of place do they have here? What priority of opportunity is theirs for the asking, so that they be, not in the first 25%, but in the very first one?
The talents and skills are there; the energies, efforts and applications are there. They need patient encouraging and should be used as poster children, as to what aptitude and determination can deliver, possibly lead. The world of Guyana should be at their feet: scholarships from now, facilities upgraded, guidance streamlined. It appears that we are too busy campaigning, mauling each other on social media, or counting the oil chickens before they rush to the fore.
The success of the few, a major first, could be leveraged to attract other youngsters of like mind and aptitude. From the group that starred in Dubai, a pantheon of promise could be thought of, pursued vigorously, and then set free to work the magic of their individual and collective versatility, the cerebral and hands-on unfolding of visions that only they can see. Six can become sixty, and if so, then why not six hundred? Oil needs science and engineering.
Guyanese parents don’t have to go overseas to give their children a piece of that dream. The dream lives right here through positioning them, pointing them, preparing them, pushing them, so that these children thrive. They are our own homegrown laboratory characterized by endless experimentation in varying stages of motion. To the Guyana Robotics team – thank you. Thanks for making us proud. Nicely done!
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