I sometimes wonder if Bahamian people understand the term utilitarianism, and does government and opposition members understand the tenets that such a doctrine embodies. Accordingly, utilitarianism is an ethical doctrine of which postulates: virtue is based upon utility and that behavior should have as its goal the procurement of the greatest happiness for the greatest number of persons. In a democratic society this critical doctrine may be exploited at the disadvantage of those who represent the greatest number of persons.
Bahamian Politicians have ardently demonstrated that political will have more to do with the preservation of personal and party interest, and less to do with utilitarianism. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are guilty of this divisive, selfish and disparaging way of managing the peoples’ government.
As I read the daily papers I can’t help but realize the concealed and scheming messages that overtly espouses ideas and conjectures that are nothing more than jargon to a Bahamian electorate who think they understand. In truth, Bahamians are ignorant of the ambitions of those sworn to be transparent as representative of our people. Both government and opposition leaders have the very same mandate, none less important than the other. The government’s duty is to provide protection for its people, efficiently administer justice, and to provide the infrastructural developments required for the wellbeing of the society at large. The opposition has all these responsibilities as well. When the government is doing what is right, there should be a “Yay”, and when the government is not fulfilling its duties there should be a “Nay”. The government under no circumstance should exercise power in an abusive way. Also, the opposition’s job essentially is not to oppose, block or ridicule every position of the government; this constrains good governance. In many ways this constraint is perceived as a conflict of interest.
Conflict of interest is a term being used rather frequently in today’s Bahamian politics, what exactly do we mean when we use it?
Conflict of interest is generally used to express a conflict between a person’s private interests and their public obligations, or rather those whose personal interests might benefit from his or her official actions or influence. However, I am mindful to consider the illogicality of such a position when one attempts to administer the ethical doctrine of utilitarianism. How does one avoid making a decision that benefits those whom he or she has personal ‘interest in’ when procuring the greatest happiness for the greatest number of persons? As government officials, to what extent should these civil servants seek to ensure those whom they love and have ‘interest in’ not be the beneficiary of public enterprises?
Nowadays everything seems like its politics, I wonder who the winners and losers are in these fiascos? I recall hearing the older people say, “Hubert and Perry is best of friends…who you voting for?”. Bahamians continue to get lost in the politics, giving up the greatest good to honor political affiliations.
Ba-Ha-Mar is currently the topic of Bahamian political divide. If you do an independent research on the term ‘Bah’, it is an expression of contempt or disgust, while ‘Ha’ is used to express surprise, wonder, or puzzlement. Lastly, the term ‘Mar’ means to inflict damage. If we put the meanings of these syllables/terms together to develop a more cohesive understanding, we would get a definition like this:
The conveying of disgust in a manner of surprise with the intent to inflict damage.
Now, if we ventured to use this meaning teasingly to infer association between the proposed definition and the intended Bahamar, these are the questions we would ask: Has the Bahamar project created any disgust among Bahamian people? Has the project created any surprises? Has the project inflicted any damage? Perhaps we should use the answers of these questions as the test for the legitimacy of the proposed definition.
Everywhere I look afar, I see a strong sense of gratitude by people for their sovereignty and office of governance, but things seem different in my motherland. I wonder, are Bahamians more committed to country or political party? Are we for the greater good despite the color of the shirts of those whom exercise that power? Is the Bahamar debacle really about taking a stand or standing together?
Forward, Upward, Onward Together…March on Bahama land.