Guest Editorial: What Is It about Our Uniqueness? The following question was asked by one of my correspondents. I thought it was worth a post.
I’ve heard it said many times that we are a unique people (and to some extent we are, but then so is everyone else) and at a recent meeting of the members of the House of Representatives at the Road Primary School a certain “eloquent’ young man kept using the expression when addressing the issue of the Ombudsman. He thought that even though it might be working elsewhere, he kept reminding you and others, we should remember we are a unique people. What exactly did he mean and exactly what do we mean when we use that expression? Where has that got us and where is it likely to get us in the future? I am curious to learn what people mean when they refer to us as “unique”.
It certainly cannot mean that we are not subject to the usual conditions of the human race! This includes a susceptibility to temptation. Greed, lust, envy, pride, covetousness, glutony, and sloth beset us on all sides. We lack the protective institutions that larger societies have. We are a small and fragile society, given our tiny size. We can learn from the usual precautions that other societies have found useful to take to protect themselves. Perhaps we should be researching them and implementing them, if we want to remain unique in a pleasant sense.