Sep 03, 2020 Editorial
It is worth saying again: enough with the rank bitterness that borders on vileness. We think that there is no longer anything that even resembles that which ‘borders.’ Things have proceeded beyond the pale into the gloom of grimness. It threatens this fragile society with impenetrable darkness.
Tit for tat does not work. It is overdone vengeance. There is much hard work to be done here. A stalled economy to jumpstart. An inclusive racial society to mend, for it is one that is fractured in so many places and pieces. The more sober and more tempered heads, in government should prevail to fight COVID-19. They must if only for our sanity and safety. This is a bad road travelled, a dangerous one that could crumble under the feet of those who are bent on teaching their enemies a lesson.
We are compelled to say so, because we have gone from political competitors and political adversaries to the bitterest of enemies. Look at where we are with blood in our eyes and an axe in our hand. We are too small to survive something like what is unfolding with increasing frequency and vehement intensity. Here it is that we should extend an olive branch in our hands, but all we can do is raise a clenched fist. We are going to get even. We are coming with hardness in hearts.
It is a well repeated and oft written statement that the best laid plans of mice and men get mangled in the madness. It is just as well known that those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. And what we have here is utter madness, the height of political insanity. It is the folly of absolute racial insanity.
His Excellency, President Dr. Irfaan Ali, publicly indicated to this reeling nation in the immediate aftermath of his swearing in that he was committed to working towards national ‘unity’. But clearly each purge and each sweep imperil with disunity.
How Exxon must love these divisive and destructive ways of ours. It plays right into their hands, while they rob us blind and cheat us with the cheap, while this escalating political rancorousness distracts our attention on that which should be the priority of our focus. Political turmoil and social discord are the brews from which Exxon drinks deeply. Look at Venezuela. Look at Chad. Guyanese need to wake up, get some sense, and observe Nigeria.
We must work our hardest to assure some larger degree of recalibration. The question and problem are whether we have what it takes to reengineer ourselves to some level of rehabilitation. The demons of our political obsessions have become the most enormous kind of addiction. It is crippling us, while we are rendered impoverished from being ravished and robbed blind.
At this rate, there is the extremely great risk that this Guyana of ours could end up like the mythical Midas of storybook fame. We had the world at our feet, and held the world in our arms, and then there is nothing, but a mass of madness. By that time, we would thrown up arms and given up hope. Most likely, before then, we would have long given up on dreams, too. For those would lie elsewhere to where we rush in the face of the storms that we sow. For what we sow could very well be what we reap, if we keep up with this ugliness, this worst side of the Guyanese nature.
So, once again, we say let sobriety and a deeply tempered nature take hold. We say not to let the hubris rush to our heads and make dummies of us that other people kick around and then laugh their heads off over us. We say let this long drought of bleakness be over. We say let us clasp our hands together and put our shoulders together at the national wheel for the national wellbeing.
Now we have still another problem with how we see this registering, how much stirring it may provoke. And we say this for two reasons. Do we trust ourselves to do so? Or do we intend to live with the hates that consume?
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