“The Bahamas: our home-our problem”

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It is now time for the advancement of a nationwide backed and government-sponsored Community-Based Participatory Research intervention into emotionally distraught and morally disengaged communities throughout the Bahamas. Community social ills in the Bahamas now require an ethnographic fieldwork approach; such an approach is necessary to resolve community problems by inquiring and facilitating each member’s diagnosis. Although regarded as a Christian nation, the Bahamas does not have a single, comprehensive, and coherent way of addressing ethical issues or dilemmas. Hence, we have seen an ad hoc approach to crime and other social problems. This must change. From afar, there seems to be disarray, we continue to be a society plagued with many lackadaisical followers and so few leaders. That is, many adults religiously point to their vicarious learning experiences as the scapegoat for all their questionable choices and poor judgment. In truth, as we scholars begin to contemplate on ways to change the moral fabric of our Bahamian community, this will not be possible unless we allow the affected peoples to tell their own stories and recommend their own solutions. We must begin and end with the peoples’ voice, we must only be guides and facilitators.

J. Archer

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Guide Me the Right Way

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Organizational ethics leadership includes demonstrating ethical decision-making and enhancing the moral climate of the organization while promoting an ethical culture. Truthfully, this is not a simple task, not only is it difficult to guide others towards making a right decision, but it is equally difficult to lead others when your actions are constantly under their observation, and therefore subject to reasonable scrutiny. While all of us are subject to human frailties, many of us are reluctant to assume a role for which others are likely to adopt their cue for moral action.

J. Archer