As a society we must be tremendously thankful for the regular expressions of concern and insight from our contributors, brother Aiyegoro Ome being an important one amongst them.
Ome’s piece referenced above sought not to be intrusive, and in some ways stopped short of identifying or more appropriately defining the beast to which he refers.
Such clarification, though, is extremely important and particularly so for our readers 40 years of age and under.
In some ways, Aiyegoro’s non-obtrusiveness allows the reader to come to his/her own determination of what this beast might be.
For this reason, his reference to the beast is somewhat indirect, tentative if not “abstract” and is generally encapsulated as follows: “Everybody knows that our islands were colonised by Europeans (who) had no consideration for building a homogeneous society.”
It is indeed very much a beast that we are dealing with and for this reason we ought not to stop short of unmasking it.
Some clarity as regards defining and hence exposing this beast would be a system or approach to governing and governance inherited from our colonial exploiters, who developed the expertise in masterminding the construct of an administrative wedge between major social, cultural, ethnic, economic and religious groupings in an effort to engineer or leverage power over them.
Here, one might digress a bit to make the point that skilled pollsters of today have developed techniques in telescoping ways to exploit the elements of this wedge for particular gain and in particular interests, none of which, has anything to do with advancing the functional day to day purpose, objectives and intent of a peoples’ desire for a truly participatory and representative democracy.
Pollsters choose to simply give a snapshot of what that representation might look like and “ignore the implications” of how the findings emitted from their skilfully crafted questions impacts the form, nature, function and purpose of governance.
There are several extremely important international case studies regarding the innate nature and method of the beast which our readers, especially those below 40 may wish to closely examine.
In the continent of Asia we have the classical case of India and Pakistan. In North America we have the intrusion of political boundries which cut off native peoples from routes vital to their food security and places of worship.
In Central and South America, a ruthless cocktail of conquest through genocide, land seizure, resource extraction and labour exploitation. On the continent of Africa the cases of Rwanda and South Africa to identify but two and in Australia, the case of its aboriginal peoples.
So, more than being a person, a place or thing, the beast to which brother Ome refers is a method of governing and governance based upon clinical exploitation both human and resource based, which can be overt as well as subtle.
Because of its aggressive imposing yet translucent, shifty, ever metamorphosing nature, the beast has the ability to practically cloak itself. For this reason, this Beast is extremely hard to kill.
One of the reasons why it is extremely hard to kill is because it acts like a virus with the capability to infect the deepest recesses of the cerebral cortex. The human mind.
It is for this reason that the clinical element of the ideological construct and associated systemic operations of the beast begins and ends at the same linkage point or coupling.
This point is its most strategically primordial base instinct which incessantly targets, the human DNA from which we All attain our physical and even cultural manifestations.
It is a primordial, innate, instinctive, surgical methodology which at one and the same time is essentially destructive and wholly diabolical.
There are those few beast hunters out there like brother Aiyegoro who have spent most of a lifetime trying to slay this savage beast.
It’s not impossible to do so, but we need many new recruits under 40 who can with steely nerves, intelligently fly drones aimed at the eye of the beast.
Another unit of new recruits must target the very underbelly of the beast, dissecting its entrails in an effort to expose whether or not it ever had an authentic interest in engendering a viable representative democracy and the reasons why it did not.
Young Nicholi Edwards, for example, has admirably seized the opportunity, ably demonstrating the fortitude, courage and sense of purpose to lead such a bloody sortie.
Another crack unit must provide the kind of reconnaissance aimed at exposing the historical consistency with which the beast has sought to surreptitiously impose its will through noisy discombobulated legislative agendas.
Legislative agendas which are always positioned to consistently and conveniently stop well short of any attempt to drilling down into matters of constitutional power designed to meaningfully empower, impact and mechanically facilitate the roles via which citizens can be directly involved in the decision making process.
Ironically, it is a decision making process which it must be pointed out, happens to be funded by their very own tax dollars and patrimony.
New recruits would therefore need to commit and sign on to undergoing the arduous training which begins and ends with a deep personal introspective examination of the word social and with this, carefully examine whether or not the republic of T&T has a philosophy.
The beast will be calling on, pleading for the good will of the people in the coming months ahead. Will we leverage this historical moment to articulate a new vision of what our republic as a truly representative democracy, ought to be and become?