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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Dashing away merit

When you work across the region, it becomes obvious how the level of ignorance and mistrust could have worked for a colonizing force.

Being Dominican and well travelled makes it even more of a unique treat. I cant tell you how many times I have sat and watched well educated people trying to figure out whether my nationality is some kind of trick.

Caribbean people seem conditioned to look at a persons background, family, and nationality as pointers as to whether they should accept that person as a professional. It is also why non Caribbean people, even the worst shysters with little knowledge, can make such inroads in our societies.

On top of that, the typical Caribbean family run businesses are very suspicious of bright professionals (the theory I suspect is that they believe they are one bright young professional away from being screwed). Loyalty and subservience are considered more highly and as such there is a premium on those qualities at the expense of smarts, or ambition. It is natural I guess.

Therefore if you look at most institutions in the region, the prospects for a young person rising up the hierarchy are relatively bleak, except in the banking field, which ironically has to overcompensate to try to retain and build young professionals.

WHat this means is that our societies have even more grounds for being duncified. Its difficult for any person to want to stay in the Caribbean if they are ambitious and they decide they do not want to become an entrepeneur.

Everything is then about connections. A simple glance at Dominica and the level of incestuous relationships in business including huge conflicts of interest explains alot.

Unfortunately, the end result always comes back to haunt you. The more incompetent loyalists continue to drive more and more parts of the business and political hierarchy, the more the country will suffer.

And the more travelling I will do to avoid having to interact and depend on anyone intertwined in that mess.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Thick and Fat

If anyone stood up on any street corner in Roseau during Carnival one thing would be very obvious. Besides the fact that we have a population of beautiful women, we also have one of the most obese populations on the rise.

Dominican man is the reason in the main. For the average woman visiting Dominica, weight conciousness is not one of our complexes. I would go further to say that a fat or overweight woman has a better chance of getting a man in Dominica than a slim woman. That in itself is refreshing in a world full of body image nutcases but...the flip side is real pragmatic.

How does a population where the main active base is increasingly female, deal with the fact that they are higher than avg vulnerable to diabetes, high blood pressure and every other ailment you get with obsesity ?

Dominican man continues to tell women...I like your thickness, love your curves, and Dominican woman keeps on eating and drinking away. And its young women in the main, folds of fat everywhere, stomach hanging, short pants showing all the flesh in the world.

Thats just cosmetic of course. I personally like all body shapes, thick and curvy especially...but the real issue is what health crisis will we be facing as Dominican men continue to fuel the myth that there is no difference between thick and fat.