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A new paradigm for a new year

New start: Khalid Wasi says 2022 can bring about a new political system for Bermuda (File photograph)

Happy new year to everyone. It's now 2022 and we need to make proper use of it by turning gloom into hope. Last year we entertained a host of problems; this year we should turn our attention towards solutions. Some will ask how do we arrive at solutions when things are so bleak there appear to be none? The clue to the answer is in historical precedent and we can also look at science as an example.

Before I begin, I recall Arnott Jackson once quoting: "Beware of following old men because they don't care where they are going.“ It doesn't actually mean they don't care about direction, but that means for them life is short and they don't see themselves as being around for long. So they give advice with no hopes of benefiting from it, and therefore won't necessarily exercise caution.

Aeroplanes and jets are 20th-century inventions, following a pursuit of a human desire to fly. The rocket was not invented until the mid-20th century and its invention led to the exploration into space. The invention of the rocket began with just firing a simple missile upwards and then piece by piece advancing that technology to where it is today.

Today, we can follow that scientific path of looking upward from where we don't want to remain and perfect the instruments to get us where we need or desire to be. Social media with forums such as this medium, provides an unprecedented media by which to advance thought and collaboration. In days gone by, people needed to organise through private meetings that led to public forums where at best a couple of hundred people would attend. Today, within minutes, thousands of people are virtually engaged.

This is not a suggestion, it's a reality. The greatest political weapon and organisational tool today is at our fingertips but we have not taken advantage because we have been inculcated to only authenticate live meetings. Let's bust that hypothesis and authenticate by adding our signature to our online consensus and debate. Cryptocurrency is now real and political currency could be next.

The significant advantage of this forum is transparency. It is alive and present and before our eyes. No one can say, after the fact, it was a private agenda. Over the years, I have seen a number of political parties formed in the living rooms or offices of a few people. It's an antiquated approach to something that may be vital for the community's survival. Covid-19 only adds a burden to that approach. How can people effectively organise without putting themselves at health risk?

The most important need now is having a unifying message that brings Bermuda together as one people to face its future. We need all hands on deck to enhance the scope of diverse talent so necessary to bring Bermuda out of its current quagmire.

Taking lessons from the past, the best approach is a non-ideological one. The first step towards reform needs to be a collaborative exercise. Trying to introduce a fully baked idea is a non-starter. What needs to be sold is the idea of a government as an "interim" effort with a mandate to engage the electorate in a process of discovering their best political options going forward.

In the meantime, during that interim phase, while reform discovery is happening, the country must continue to be governed and governed effectively. We need a balanced combination of traditional experience, along with change agents. Therefore, it may be useful and perhaps even wise to have some experienced former politicians engaged.

The axiom or philosophy of this movement is not to be anti-PLP or anti-OBA, but to be a "better Bermuda movement".

We can all accept the fact that the past 60 years of politics was spawned out of the womb of a race struggle. The scientific and philosophical reality is that it is impossible in Bermuda or anywhere on the planet to develop a politics that is ideal, fair or equitable on the basis of racial retribution. While justice is necessary, the road to true equality is paved by transforming pain into lessons learnt and to rise above the causes of inhumanity, subjugation and tyranny to a better place, and not a continuous war.

Today as 2022 resumes, let’s mark this as the beginning of a new paradigm built not on a racial struggle but the struggle to attain our true humanity. That is the real purpose of life, to become agents of truth and for society to be a reflection of the “will of progress“ by yielding to truth and not our whims of class, race or ethnicity.

So what do we do?

1. First we accept we want to create a better world for everyone through our society.

2. We use this and other types of similar media to advance our cause by sharing these thoughts in all the mediums available.

3. We talk about is at every possible occasion, like coffee chats etc.

4. Capable and experienced persons become willing to support in any capacity including standing if needed to contribute to a better world.

5. Commit Bermuda to a four to five-year interim government structure to develop the format and constitutionality for the future.

The rest will become history, because a public with their hearts united for truth are invincible. We do this and there will be an earthquake of awareness that will cause a tsunami against which nothing can prevail.

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Published January 04, 2022 at 8:00 am (Updated January 03, 2022 at 2:54 pm)

A new paradigm for a new year

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