Wednesday, 2 May 2012
The 80’s was a defining period in time - the rise of crack-cocaine in American ghettos and the futile US war on drugs; the launch of television network MTV; the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller album and such iconic films as E.T; Back To The Future and Top Gun. In Anguilla the 80′s was peaceful - there was hardly any crime to contend with; Malliouhana Hotel was just being built… the charter of high-end tourism; there were no fancy villas and few tourists; lobster was used to bait fishing-pots or poison stray dogs; someone would stop for you on our streets or ask for directions… random acts of kindness seemed common. But then was always Hubert Hughes Anguilla United Party’s (AUP), our present day Anguilla United Movement’s (AUM) anti-British propaganda and racist rants, and its impression on our youths.
This is the world and lessons that this generation were taught, wait and see was replaced by gimme gimme... the prevalent instant gratification culture, the bold, fearless and unapologetic children created by the AUM - a culture of short attention spans, impoliteness and selfishness, everything perceived to make their lives easier, results achieved faster and inevitably require less use of their brains – the betting on cars with lightening speed and dog fighting, inhibitions got lower, click and drag replaced getting out of bed, gambling, drugs, smuggling… and guns - the world and everything at their fingertips. The inherent value of things decreased and indulgence increased.
One therefore cannot blame these youngsters for their lack of appreciation for just about everything that exists, that’s what they were taught to expect – the lies about the turning of straw into gold, and the putting of money back in people’s pockets over night. Indoctrinated by the AUM they grew up believing in a world of unlimited supply where life itself is disposable. Their feeling of invincibility is a direct result of such thoughts of coming up in a time where doing without isn't an option, and anything their heart desire is a mere grasp away by any means necessary – the “get rich or die trying” culture. Therefore these heinous crimes we are experiencing now on Anguilla aren't ironic.
Youth deaths on Anguilla through violent crime peaked in 2006, losing 10, perhaps then the highest in the world per capita…
However, as a community we must try hard not to reject or disconnect ourselves from the seeds sowed. Perhaps our parents felt the same about us - but they stayed. Our generation who are now parents are even more horrified at the world their kids will grow up in. To be truthful, this criticism of our younger generation is not only a AUM’s indoctrination plague, but also a degree of envy - envy about their youthfulness and their (parents) failure to create a legacy, envy about their resilience and their struggle to achieve greatness in the absence of mentors, envy about their inability to see any illusionary obstacle which impedes success.
Youth is not wasted on the young. They are simply left to charter a course which hasn't been prepared, and perhaps isn’t there anymore. A course, which if a generation before hadn’t wasted their youth, should have prepared. “Every generation blames the one before. And all of their frustrations come beating on your door” - Mike & The Mechanics (The Living Years).
The real question is: are our youths being martyred, or simply being wasted?
RIP Mr. Gustave Lewis
Posted by Realist Spikenice at 20:43