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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I doh like mister / mamselle

This is very simple.

Small country. Someone visits, goes to a small restaurant, eats a great meal. One day they are out with a local and they are looking for somewhere to eat, so brainwave comes. "Lets go to this great place I ate the other night". Away they start to go. Then local asks, but wait a minute, thats the place on x street ? Yes...the visitor says.

Oh. thats the place Sidney own. I doh like mister.

Seems simple right ? Well extrapolate that and imagine if you have enough people with a reason, any reason to not like one person on the other in small island and you can imagine the kind of stalemate the country can be in.

Dominica is in that funk. Everyone seems to have a cast of people they dont like or dont want to socialise around, do business with, or talk to.

So you have a complex nest of relationships with intermediary people who serve as gophers between different people and their cliques.

In the end you cannot get any real common agenda of development or societal push. Because everyone is concentrating on not patronising, helping, engaging or developing anyone they DOH like.

Its a strange thing. And it has nothing to do with good vs bad or morality etc.

Of course, a hurricane or crisis is always good catharsis. When we were hit by the CAT 5 Hurricane David, there was no bandwidth to 'doh like mister'. You had to get help. You had to engage. You had to talk.

Yes its a small island, and as such the mentality can be excused under that label, but it feels at times like we are in a little goldfish bowl with schools of competing fish. And for what ? Coloured stones ?

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