THE TRIUMPH OF ABSURDITY
By Fr. Clement S. Jolly, C.S.R.
Help, O Lord, for good men have vanished:
Truth has gone from the sons of men.
Falsehood they speak to one another,
With lying lips, with a false heart.
The frivolity and irresponsibility which are displayed in many areas
in Dominica have reached an unfortunate climax. A sense of
responsibility seems to be far from the minds of many. A call for
accountability is blatantly dismissed as a subversive activity
deserving immediate retaliation. Where are we going to? Are we
witnessing the beginning of a police state with the Grand Inquisitor
already in place?
If there is still any moral sense left in this country, there should
be a public outcry at this moment. For a minister of government to
suggest that a business establishment should be banned by the public
in retaliation for the exercise of the civil rights of the proprietor
is grossly incomprehensible. This is particularly so because, in the
1970’s, the honourable gentleman was at the helm of the vindication of
the rights of public servants. To my mind, this is low; this is
abject; this is disgraceful. Indeed, this is disgusting!
It is reported that the philosopher Socrates, in broad daylight, went
about the city with a lighted lantern. He was asked for the meaning of
that action. His response was that he was looking for an honest man.
He was in search of a man of integrity. I fear that we have reached
this stage in Dominica. I say so because many whom we revered for
their sense of justice and integrity have seemed to abandon the path
This recent incident is a symbol of the direction which this country
is taking. And it is doing so, at least, with the tacit approval of
many Christian men and women. This is truly appalling. Perhaps what we
are witnessing is a level of intolerance, arrogance and intransigence
which has assumed tremendous proportions.
This is a democratic country. Many people think that democracy is
merely exercised on Election Day. No. Democracy is a way of life. It
has to do with relationships. It speaks of duties and
responsibilities. It calls for participation. It is all about
transparency, accountability, humble service and justice.
Mr. Jerry Brisbane is fully within his rights as a citizen of the
Commonwealth of Dominica to make the approaches that he has made to
the People’s Republic of China, the European Union, the International
Monetary Fund, the World Bank and USAID. He is right in having his
concerns. Mr. Jerry Brisbane should be applauded for his courage, his
sense of civic responsibility and his sense of justice.
My suggestion is that the people of Dominica, as a show of support for
this champion of justice, should frequent Brizee’s Mart particularly
during this Christmas season. This would be just a small reward for
being a champion of human rights which are being eroded in this
O Judgement, thou art fled to brutish beasts
And men have lost their reason.