The last ten years have seen an explosion in technologies that has enabled experimentation of ideas without the excessive burden of resources that use to be required to engage in the process. I still remember the time when I found out about the Raspberry Pi (RPi) Zero and honestly thought that this would revolutionize the way education was taught in schools within my country. At a cost of $5 USD ( or $10 USD for its wireless enabled twin brother, the RPi ZeroW), it was such that a cheap computer in which a small pilot project could be run and tested in schools to see how it could improve the delivery of knowledge and increase interest in the field. With a little under $100000 USD, over a tenth of the population of the country could receive the one of such boards for free.
The Explosion of Free and Open Source software (FOSS) has provided much of the framework to solve problems that plague many people today instead of relying solely on closed source profit driven system. While it is no way prefect, it exists for anyone willing to learn them. This is encouraging as a small country, we are in no way experiencing problems solely unique to us. Similar issues have been solved using these systems. Much of the countries within the Caribbean share a similar history. Some of them are active in their use of said technologies in both education and industry. So why are we so slow to cut a path for our own future? Do we believe that will fail, (are visions mere dreams)? Or are we failing to believe in our own possibilities, (are dreams but visions)? So much so that we are closing own eyes an telling ourselves that everything is alright despite being told otherwise(that our hope is not dream but a nightmare)?
Personally, I think we have the human resource to accomplish such a task. My suspicion is that we are, like one person mentioned over the radio once, a very risk fearing people and this mindset hold us back in many ways. Honestly, its this very culture where a person falls and people laugh as if it is a joke. Laughter that provides comfort at the expense of another persons joy and confidence. Laughter that hides their own fear of failure, and reinforces the perceived pain that will happen when we fail. However, some of you readers will no doubt say that this isn’t a unique thing and that this is a common issue elsewhere in the world. This is true, if not in part for what I would are the particularities in a very socially dense yet resource sparse country (system).
This is just a hypothesis and an unproven on at that.
People are more than a title, a job or a cog in society. They are more than their actions and their words, their thoughts and feelings. Yet, at the same time that is all what they are as that is a result of the observations of each and everyone of us to everyone other person but ourselves. On an off note, that is one reason why I think is one reason why data science is so success in predicting behavioral patterns in the social networks, by reinforcing that world view.
Along the same lines of thought, in the other nations where large number of people but are not particularly ‘dense’, it is possible for a person to create a shield of people as a support system to counteract this negative influence and provide positive connections to opportunities. It is not required as much to co-operate with the enemy and the negative reactions to perceived enemies are smaller. This can be thought as everyone having a place to run towards in the case of failure and it is not necessary to work with the enemy as they are enough resources. This also promotes a greater deal of rationalism than subjectivity. Of course, that is hardly the case if seen as individuals and in real world.
This is just a hypothesis and an unproven on at that. In the other nations where large density of people, it is possible for a person to create a shield of people as a support system to counteract this negative influence and provide positive connections to opportunities. It is not required as much to co-operate with the enemy and the negative reactions to perceived enemies are smaller. This can be thought as everyone having a place to run towards in the case of failure and it is not necessary to work with the enemy as they are enough resources. Of course, that is hardly the case if seen as individuals and in real world. But if seen economically and in a mean sense, there such be some truth to it.
In smaller countries, there is an increase level of interaction between those who enemies and influences are greater due to greater social densities. It is required to share resources if rewards are to be gained. The support systems are not as strong as are in other countries in part due to increased side effects from enemy which also cause these support from being isolated due to high social density.
The most important point between the to is of the value system and mismatch of the definition of success and failure. In any dynamic system, in order to promote movement towards a direction, impeding force must be lessen and promoting forces increased. However I will stop Here for now as it is a topic on its own and I have digressed from the original topic. In short, Elements must work towards similar goals. To do this, Elements must also be able to agree on a set of rules in order to understand the direction of play. Elements must understand the systems of rules well enough to infer the condition of the state they are in and others are.
The point I am trying to develop is that while we are still resource constrained and still figuring out what it means to “win” as everyone cannot agree what is allowed and not in this country, the barriers that have once existed have been broken without many people realizing just how much of a difference it has. Unlike most new technologies in the past, it costs very little to invest in, it has very little maintenance cost, it is flexible to an almost impossible degree.
This post has come on more like a rant than intended in hindsight. I’ll continue to expand on it to make it more factual rather than basing it solely on observations and speculations.