Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Why are we asking, rather than pushing for change?

In one of my latest posts I was asking the question: Is it too much to ask several things from a true leader? Is there such a leader like that in Honduras? Note the immediate irony of these questions...

I seem to have fallen in the trap of waiting and longing for the Messiah...the leader who would take us to heaven, or who would bring heaven to earth. Thinking this a bit more carefully, isn't this thinking at the foundation of our problems? Waiting for the leader-to-be such as Mel Zelaya, Pepe Lobo, Callejas or the mythical Rodas Alvadarado o Tiburcio Carias...isn't this a battle with a secure an possibly disastrous ending?

We know that leaders can make a huge difference in turning around a country. Lee Kuan You and his Ministers and Advisers were sufficiently wise to engage the country and get them involved to the point of finding a common cause and goal, making Singapore focus on excellence in almost every aspect of life. How much of this collective action is cultural and how much is the right leadership at the right time when the historical moments happen ("las coyunturas historicas") is not clear to me.

Honduran farmers and Bt maize  
Cesar Indiano in his article posted today in La Prensa, for the article press here:

"Mi amigo Carlos Gómez suele decir “jamás seas ni ofrecido ni igualado” pero nosotros no tenemos remedio porque el problema de nosotros no es un problema de dinero (por cierto, los que tienen lo esconden y lo cubren en bancos extranjeros)... para mí el problema es que somos cómodos.

Queremos que otros vengan a realizar hazañas de prosperidad en un país que nosotros hemos hundido en la desconfianza, el nepotismo y los trámites. Somos tan inocentes y a la vez tan desenfocados que creemos que las personas ocupadas de este mundo, tienen tiempo de sobra para venir a bailar punta y a danzar “la tusa” y “el sueñito”.

Cesar Indiano's  main point is that it is our own fault because we are too comfortable in not doing things ourselves. How do we break this impasse?

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