Horizon at Sandy Point

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Red or yellow

To vote or not to vote is not the question.
If only it were that simple.

Instead the questions are many and complicated. They reveal who you are in a society that is multi-layered and contradictory; whether you lean towards careful analysis and a calculated option or blind faith and trust or let's not rock the boat because what we have is "good enough."

In a democracy such as ours, what is more important: the greatest good for the greatest number (water, education, health, care of the vulnerable and housing) or legacy monuments (waterfront skyline for instance)? What would we choose if we realised that our resources are indeed limited?

Which is preferable: an administration that listens and consults, or one that god-like "knows what's good" for everyone else and rushes ahead to put plan into action?

What do you think is more beneficial for a developing population: engaging people in work that pushes them to access training and self-improvement; or paying them for "make work" projects?

What is better for today: the hope of being engaged in government - however imperfect it may be, whatever challenges to consensus may arise - or the certainty of being treated as if government is always an abdication of power to the hands of a few?

Dare we take the risk with a handful of imperfect persons to find out if there's a way to integrate who we are as people - richly diverse, contentious but cohesive -  into our unique form of government, or try not to lose momentum towards developed nation status,?

Some of us will go to the polls to stay where we are because "things are alright" at this time: these folk think their choice is obvious and easy to defend. Others will go to see if a change could make things better; these folk are optimists and always hoping for better. For many of us, however, the choice is oh too simple -  man or woman, yellow or red, today over tomorrow.

To vote is to exercise a democratic right and process. With this opportunity being presented with such frequency in recent years - four times in ten years - let's get some exercise, why not.

Afterwards, are we prepared to work, to make Trinidad and Tobago not just a rich country but a productive one?

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