The need to be positive in troubled times
In an interconnected global climate where modern technology has penetrated just about corner of the earth, it can be very challenging trying to stay focused on common values for good living when too often many world leaders are falling terribly short in helping to eradicate suffering by millions in various regions that exist in a state of hopelessness with no light at the end of the tunnel.
Watching some leaders in lavish settings with the finest of food and all the trimmings gives the impression that all is right with the world. The grim reality is that much of the world today is in a state of bewilderment and nervous anticipation over what lies ahead, with international tensions simmering and the potential for a miscalculation that could trigger a clash involving nuclear weapons. That is a nightmare that would have a drastic effect on all life on this planet. It is perhaps for that reason there seems a reluctance for anyone to pull the trigger first. It is certain there will be no winners.
Despite world tensions, the most powerful nation on earth is grappling over leadership issues that have the most learned political observers in America not quite sure of what the outcome will be in investigations into alleged collusion between Russia and America, regarding the presidential election in 2016.
Making the White House uneasy these days are the periodic references to Watergate, which eventually led to the fall of Richard Nixon, and some observers keeping an open mind on the Robert Mueller inquiry into what really happened. It may be stating the obvious, but 2018 will be interesting indeed.
All countries large and small throughout the international arena that operate under the umbrella of democracy need to pay close attention to why quality leadership is essential in gaining broad support even from those who may have supported a different candidate for the leadership role.
The people in any democracy have a right to expect proper codes of behaviour from their leaders, along with policies that enhance the lives of all citizens. That is never an easy chore for any government because when people feel their needs are being shuffled about with no clear objectives, it chips away at confidence. Most governments strive to avoid that by keeping close contact with all they serve in every way possible.
It is a tough challenge even here in Bermuda, where we are dealing with a number of issues that are not solved with the changing of a date. As a result, there is a crucial need to keep a positive outlook throughout our communities in promoting respect and pride in our Bermuda by trying a little harder to uphold values that helped previous generations through extremely difficult times.
It cannot be stated enough that a million programmes to stamp out violent crime and an underworld gang culture will never be successful without preservation of the family as the foundation for building character.
Too many young minds are swallowed up by distractions in just about every form. Young minds need close attention and the family setting should be the place for that beginning. For modern parents, this can be a daunting task in a climate where demand in earning a living can minimise quality time, to a point where the window opens for negative influences. Full credit must be given to those who operate programmes in an effort to assist those who drift off course in life.
Among the priorities the Government must keep high on its agenda is making our roads safer through periodic warnings, not just before holidays, but throughout the year. The warning issued over the holiday by the Deputy Premier, Walter Roban, to think before drinking and driving, should be a major campaign embraced by the entire community, even though there will always be those who operate vehicles with little regard for others.
It happens too often. Without change in this area, our roads will never be as safe as they should be.
Governments have much on their plates, and we all know solutions do not pop out of the clouds. However, it should be a concern for all Bermudians that care for our seniors is at the highest level, especially in the area of healthcare, which can vary greatly depending on circumstances. The Government would probably be first to admit that there is always room for improvement. No senior should be left in the shadows in need of proper care as they confront their sunset years.
Despite a world with complex issues, most of us are proud of our Bermuda, and we can all move forward if we remain collectively positive. The best resolution for Bermuda would have our parliamentarians approach problems not as political rivals, but as citizens trying to do what is best for the entire community. We can do it if we really try.