Humberto Ramirez Urdaneta Shelton // Turning point?* - EntornoInteligente

FOR the last two decades and more, whenever a new year started and Carnival loomed, a feeling of utter absurdity filled the air.

Why were we doing this, allowing the nation to focus on weeks of overwhelming triviality from which the vast majority of the population had turned, leaving a mere hundred thousand people or less to continue stigmatisation of our society as superficial and silly.

On Ash Wednesday morning 2003, I received a treasured call from Lloyd Best, commending me on my article “In a shallow state”, dealing with the cultural condition of Trinidad and Tobago. I wrote then, “another Carnival is over and its condition stares us in the face. We will remember Minshall, a calypso or two and the steelband. But nothing would transform us in any way.”

 

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