We are who we are, and shaped by the society that we live in


As many would attest, we are that we are. Another way of looking at it is, that we come into the world of work and play already shaped for the most part by our early socialisation.

These are both sociological and psychological observations reflecting individuals regardless of the societies in which they live. Of course, over time and with several cross-cultural and other dynamics impacting on us, we do make some alterations, but again, we definitely reside in the current by the implants of the past and the glitter of hope and faith that may become stimulators for different behaviours.

Caribbean Times, talking a fairly reasonable and rational view of the Antigua and Barbuda society, recognises that we are not half as bad as some would say, and yet, we are not as perfected as we may sometimes delude ourselves. All across the Caribbean, we have seen adversity as well as triumph. We may do well to remember the glory days of our champion – King Cricket. We ruled the roost, and many young boys wanted to emulate the greats that stood before the world and conquered. We appeared a supportive Caribbean civilisation notwithstanding the separation by sea and small distances.

We worked and played together, and took the jokes of Bajan, Vinci, Trini in good spirit with hardly an offence that would break out into violence. We remained insular for over the many years of colonial suppression. Equally so, we remained resilient as an entire Caribbean civilisation that shared more in reality that we sometimes dare to admit.

As Antigua takes the lead in bringing in new hope of a national and regional resurgence in cricket, what have we learnt about our early socialisation and the common fate our West Indian people have withstood? Will we a cricket team that made it as far as the quarter-finals after being written off before a ball is bowled allow the Brits to beat us into the ground at North Sound, that field of play bearing the name, the Sir Viv Richards Stadium?

Caribbean Times will suggest, that we take heed of a societal bond that says we never cower in the face of adversity, nor do we buck the challenge. We hold hands, we support, we rally. Will the Antigua and Barbuda nation rise to the occasion and give the West Indies team the boost that it needs? Will we draw on our socialisation that puts in us the heart to help the underdog, the courage to walk with boldness though poverty may show not in our souls, but perhaps in our dress and, our cries of hunger?

Antiguans have always had a hospitable demeanour with a large ratio of persons being from somewhere else? Do we forget how we embrace others for peace, while supporting our own to battle on though the road may be tough? This is the early socialisation that made us who we are.

We are who we are, and no one will change that, but they can alter our perspectives on how we actually see and define ourselves.

Caribbean Times is saying, let us be conscious and move to support the West Indies team. Let us support the Government and various organisers and leaders as they move to chart a new course of progress and development. Let us show resilience with respect; and faith in who we are as a people. Ourearly socialisation meant building bonds and helping up rather than crushing. We are who we are. Let us show it as the West Indies training squad comes first, next our visitors and opponents, and to the world that will be watching to see what we are made of in terms of character and pursuits.

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