Autonomous Bahamians on a mission to eradicate COVID-19: An ethical discussion on Government Paternalism and Consideration for citizen participation

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“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

Whose Justice?

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I have seen the majority over the minority in democracy, gender over fairness in equality, and rich over poor in social class…the clamor for justice appears to be self-interested and instrumental… with an often disregard for justice, desire seems to be motivated by our pleasure over another’s pain. Arguably, the quest for diverse equality in many ways breeds new inequalities. As I see it, the problem intrinsic to the implementation of justice is that it has the unintended consequence of creating divides, a departure from its envisioned harmony. That is, in a community of people, we are often uncertain who are the losers in Justice, and the winners in injustice. Nevertheless, Justice was never meant to be a tool intentionally focused on the individual’s interest but designed to manage and protect a well-ordered society.

J. Archer

Unity- A Human Right

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“Diffusion of Democracy” is lauded as the path to global unification. The concept diffusion of democracy presupposes one nation superior to another across a spectrum of ethical systems (business, governance, care, finance, religion, social). The construction of power grants those deemed at its apex the privilege to espouse value-laden judgments on the inferior, although such dogma is nothing more than the privilege of the powerful. In a world guided by mistruths and intimidation, democracy can hardly unify the nations. Unity requires respect for nation sovereignty, cultural differences, and transparency in the ethics of global social justice. The collapse of systems must occur before they can ever unify.
J. Archer