THE TRIUMPH OF ABSURDITY – Fr. Clement S. Jolly, C.S.R.
THE TRIUMPH OF ABSURDITY By Fr. Clement S. Jolly, C.S.R.
Help, O Lord, for good men have vanished: Truth has gone from the sons of men. Falsehood they speak to one another, With lying lips, with a false heart. (Psalm 12)
The frivolity and irresponsibility which are displayed in many areas in Dominica have reached an unfortunate climax. A sense of responsibility seems to be far from the minds of many. A call for accountability is blatantly dismissed as a subversive activity deserving immediate retaliation. Where are we going to? Are we witnessing the beginning of a police state with the Grand Inquisitor already in place?
If there is still any moral sense left in this country, there should be a public outcry at this moment. For a minister of government to suggest that a business establishment should be banned by the public in retaliation for the exercise of the civil rights of the proprietor is grossly incomprehensible. This is particularly so because, in the 1970’s, the honourable gentleman was at the helm of the vindication of the rights of public servants. To my mind, this is low; this is abject; this is disgraceful. Indeed, this is disgusting!
It is reported that the philosopher Socrates, in broad daylight, went about the city with a lighted lantern. He was asked for the meaning of that action. His response was that he was looking for an honest man. He was in search of a man of integrity. I fear that we have reached this stage in Dominica. I say so because many whom we revered for their sense of justice and integrity have seemed to abandon the path of righteousness.
This recent incident is a symbol of the direction which this country is taking. And it is doing so, at least, with the tacit approval of many Christian men and women. This is truly appalling. Perhaps what we are witnessing is a level of intolerance, arrogance and intransigence which has assumed tremendous proportions.
This is a democratic country. Many people think that democracy is merely exercised on Election Day. No. Democracy is a way of life. It has to do with relationships. It speaks of duties and responsibilities. It calls for participation. It is all about transparency, accountability, humble service and justice.
Mr. Jerry Brisbane is fully within his rights as a citizen of the Commonwealth of Dominica to make the approaches that he has made to the People’s Republic of China, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and USAID. He is right in having his concerns. Mr. Jerry Brisbane should be applauded for his courage, his sense of civic responsibility and his sense of justice.
My suggestion is that the people of Dominica, as a show of support for this champion of justice, should frequent Brizee’s Mart particularly during this Christmas season. This would be just a small reward for being a champion of human rights which are being eroded in this country.
O Judgement, thou art fled to brutish beasts And men have lost their reason.