I wish I could be optimistic but when I put my "glasses", I see what "Antwan nan Gomye" do not see and it's not good at all. I wish a "bon kout gidon could be done" and allows us to take the road of salvation and development but "helas!"
As other people that talked before me (dpean, leonel), Ayiti's situation can become worse. I am young ( still in my 20's) and I want to devote all my being to helping my mother (Ayiti) but I should say when I talk to my sisters, I tell them that we may not see the fruits of our effort. But we could die in peace if we can be assured that, at least, our grandchildren will benefit from it.
Why am I that pessimistic?
Because what leonel said about the elite is true. There is no sense of collectivity whatsoever. I do not even see what Gelin calls the selective collectivity. Anyone who knows Haiti's history and reality can stop counting on this elite.
When it comes to the poor majority, th
ere is love for the country for the most part, but there is no money, or power. Twice they elected a president, twice he was overthrown. Now s"elections" are being prepared but I doubt their vote will be respected if they really go to the polls. Many of them are already labeled as "chimeres" and I think it will take time before their battle will be considered as legitimate.
In between the two, there is the "middle class", the "intellectuels", the "professionels", the university students. There I see problems too numerous to talk about. I want to name two of them. One is a sense of "superiorite par rapport au reste du peuple". Many of these people, although they emerge from the people become very distant from them. "yo pa kanmarad yo." The second one is a problem of the education system. Many of these people who think they are not "kanmarad res pep la", have a basic broblem. As secondary school's students, they had the habit to "etidye sije pa ke" instead of learning to think themselves.
We have the majority of a generation who as students, depended on the ideas of others. Many of them, as university students, continue to totally depend on their professors' ideas. Whatever is said in the classroom (by a superior) is like a "medikaman ke tout etidyan vale glot san pran tan pou goute l".
I remember a good friend of mine who thinks the idea of "restitution de la dette de l'independance" was bad just because Kesner Farell thought so. At that time he was a student of "sciences economiques" at the public university. Another student thought that was the worst thing president Aristide could do because "it was the practice, those days, for the colony to pay for its independance after a slave revolution." The student did not know that we were the first to have a succesful slave revolution and since we were the first, there could not be any practice or habit before our independance. She was a university student at that time (June 2003). While talking to her at her house, there were a coupl
e old acquaintances present and each one was saying something on the matter. One guy, another student said that instead of asking France for the money, we should have offered even more because our "guerre de l'independance" cost too much to France. We were about 8, 6 of us opposed the idea of restitution. I could not believe my ears, young haitians talking like that. I asked myself where on earth they got those ideas. Where is the sense of patriotism? what about "l'education civique de nos jeunes"?
Ce mois de juin, J'ai ete en haiti pour une visite. J'ai parcouru la ville de Port-au-Prince avec plusieurs amis et membres de famille. C'etait richement decoree car c'etait juste apres le bicentennaire du drapeau. L'une des personnes qui m'accompagnaient (un etudiant a la FASH) m'avait annonce que le bicentenaire du drapeau serait le dernier a etre fete par le president (we know that two more were celebreted by him -vertieres et independance) mais ce n'etait pas le plan et le reste, vo
us le connaissez tous.
There are many more I could say about this so-called middle class but I am already too long. All I can say is that it won't be easy to change Haiti with so many of our "schooled people", as once said by someone on this forum, not being able to think independantly. While we are fighting for clean water, food, shelter, medical care, electricity, road, respect, etc, we should not forget education reform, so that the rising generation may be better prepared for a better Haiti.
Remark that I do not say anything about all our friends and "friends". I may say something about them at a later post. Qu'il s'agit de nos amis ou de nos "amis" ils ne peuvent rien si nous ne leur permettons.