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Purely Dominica

Purely Dominica

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It struck me recently that a lot of people think they know what’s wrong with Dominica, and it also struck me that most of the time they’re all wrong.

Seriously take some time to observe — almost every political and religious group, every opinionated person, every publication with an opinion, has said at one time or another they think is wrong with Dominica.

On one hand, UWP thinks that we’ve become a state fill with corruption headed by the ruling party, while the labour thinks that it was poor leadership by former political parties like the UWP – why Dominica is in this present poor economic situation. Others think that abortion is the problem, others think it’s declining morals, and others say it’s infidelity.

Other things that are wrong with Dominica, depending on the group: the media, young people, environmentalists, white people, foreigners overrunning our country, the Establishment, poor people, Pirate sector businesses, lazy people, evil people, BBC Caribbean, the Internet … the list could go on and on.

So what’s really wrong with Dominica, in my opinion?

Not a thing.

You heard me! What’s Wrong with That?

Nothing’s wrong with that, actually. That’s how most people are, and I don’t think I can change that, nor would I want to. I thought it would be an interesting discussion, though, because I think the difference between what people think the island should be and what it has become can cause unhappiness. If you’re one of those people who want the country to go back to how it was during your childhood, or during your parents’ generation, and it isn’t likely to do so, you’re not going to be happy.

The same goes for any of our ideals — do you have an ideal spouse? An ideal child? An ideal friend, mother, co-worker or roommate? It’s very possible that you do, and also very possible that in reality not all meets these ideals. That might cause you to be unhappy with them.

So I guess it’s clear to say that whenever reality doesn’t meet ideals — and it rarely does — we become unhappy.

So What’s the Then?

I’m not suggesting that you, or anyone else, change your view-of-Dominica. If you, or anyone else, is happy with that view-of Dominica, don’t change it.

But there is an alternative, and I’m not saying it’s better. It’s the view-of Dominica I try to have: instead of having an ideal, stop looking for perfection. Accept our island as it is, and love it for what it is. Accept people as they are, and love them. Does this mean that we should give up on trying to make positive changes in Dominica?

What would be the result of this alternative view-of Dominica? Well, I think people would be happier, if only we didn’t see Dominica as a fundamentally flawed or corrupted place, and began to see the good on the island. This, however, is open to individual interpretation, and your own experience is likely to be different than mine. Go ahead…have you say.

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Comment by Suki
2008-08-16 10:08:16

Of course, I agree 100% – everything is as it should be and that is perfect.

Suki K Tranqille

Comment by Chris
2008-08-17 21:39:04

Thanks for understanding where I’m coming from Suki.

Comment by fran
2008-08-17 09:45:31

I’m one who believe that Dominica has not progress at all since my childhood and if anything has regress

But your article gives me a better prospective on Dominica. While I want it to catch up with its neighboring island in progression I guess we would have to also take the crime rate that goes along with that progress and I would rather it not.

Comment by Chris
2008-08-17 21:50:20

Fran – I’m happy that my post shared some prospective on how you look at Dominica. As I mention in my post: “Does this mean that we should give up on trying to make positive changes in Dominica” – we should never give-up trying to develop Dominica in the best ways possible. It’s the only piece of land in this whole world that we can call ours.

Comment by claire
2008-12-01 06:14:04

I agree, i dont think anything is wrong with dominica. It was created beautifull and it remains beautifull.

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