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Moral crisis in T&T—Gordon

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Archbishop of Port-of-Spain Jason Gordon says Trinidad and Tobago have become a “very difficult” society to govern and as a result “we have a lot of pandering” at the level of the Government and of the society. He also said the prison system is a breeding ground for criminals.

Speaking on the CNC Morning Brew yesterday, Gordon acknowledged that he had only returned to the country about two months ago after serving in Barbados, but he admitted to being concerned that there was a vacuum of leadership.

“Rather than the moral voice of leadership taking us where we need to go what we have is a crowd mob mentality taking us where we do not need to go,” he said.

The problem in Trinidad, he said, was “not with a gunman who has a gun and is killing people, but rather it is “that every citizen in Trinidad wants to play themselves, follow their desires, do what they want to do, when they want to do it. No self-restraint, no spirit, no soul and expect the society somehow to magically get better by somebody going to wave a magic wand.”

Gordon noted that Trinidad and Tobago had been spoilt by years of “oil boom that fed us excesses.” Although there was talk of recession, he said, this was not reflected in lifestyles as was reflected by the participation in Carnival.

Gordon that while the role of leaders was to “lead the people where we as a country need to go, we have become such a rambunctious democracy, that nobody wants anybody to tell them where to go.”

But the pandering, he said, also took place at the political level. He likened it to fish swimming in a pool “and it is polluted it is hard to get healthy fish, That is part of the problem in T&T. We have polluted ourselves by this excessive display of materialism and hedonism where we have all stopped delaying gratification and giving in to ourselves.”

We have as a society, he said, come to a “moral crisis.”

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