| 21/07/2020 | 28 Comments

Michelle Lockwood writes: I read the comments that the premier offered in response to the Cruise Port Referendum and the word that came to me was ‘disconnected’. He just seemed disconnected, not only from the issue of the environmental concerns of CPR but also from the social issues that have been plaguing Cayman for far longer than I can determine, certainly before Covid. The pandemic has only exacerbated the social issues, now impossible to ignore.

Cayman, and arguably the world, is at a turning point. Continuing the way we have, disconnected from not only our souls but also the environment. We can pretend that we are greater than the environment and that it is ours to control or we face that this is our opportunity to be and do better.

The environment is a creation of God. We were instructed to observe and care for our environment. In our quest for knowledge we broke our covenant with God and allowed destruction to happen. Ever since, we have believed that we can do better. We disconnected and we are not any happier for it.

Studies show that almost 70% of the world’s population live near bodies of water. Water is so essential to us, yet we do not take care of it. We overfish, dump toxic chemicals, dredge coral nurseries and dump plastic pollution. We are all of part of this problem. Our marine life is dying because of this. The survival of nature is for our own benefit, because without it we are gone too.

“You can’t eat coral” is so short sighted. Coral takes thousands of years to form and we wipe it out in months. Coral may not feed you personally, but it feeds the fish you eat. If you want to continue enjoying fish, leave it alone. We are disconnected from the food we enjoy.

We can no longer ignore the part we each play, including myself. We all owe it to the environment, to each other and to ourselves to connect again. Connect to nature, connect to all of our neighbours and spirit. Allow yourself to experience awe in nature again.

Relish in the majesty that is not only nature but ourselves. We are individuals that each have a specific purpose and let’s embrace each other and share in meaningful ways. It’s not impossible. Connect.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    12 48pm 22/07 To say that”…this government only cares about themselves ” suggests that you have been in a coma for the last three months or that you just can’t speak truthfully about this Government. (Perhaps if Michelle ,Johann, Linda or Mario had been running the Govt you might have said something more positive). Whether you like them or not the truth is that this Government has done an excellent job in keeping us safe. That is, showing they care about us. It may be hard for you to say it , because they are not your favourite people, but give it a try anyway.

  2. Big Pappa says:

    Every time someone talks about God, there are those who jump all over the poor person. Yet these same people embrace the newest cults, the diverse religions that treat cows better than women, and whatever crazy and zany spirituality is offered by some wacked out former LSD user. For all we know, the Gods we started worshiping thousands of years ago were Aliens. Chances are high that’s what they were…so most religions are wrong. Nonetheless, let’s be kind to those who believe in God. They have a right to believe what they want. They also have a right to state it as a fact. Science is stated as a set of facts, yet every year we learn something new – and many times, we learn that whatever we thought before, was the opposite of what is true…and yet, it is presented as fact by many.

    • Anonymous says:

      LSD opened my mind and gave me a new appreciation for life during a suicidal period. What you see can definitely convince you that religion is a byproduct of stupid humans who foraged magic mushrooms and thought they were meeting a god.

      It was a net benefit and didn’t “wack me out” and motivated me to get my act together. I went on to obtain a university degree in the UK!

      You clearly have zero experience with psychedelics. Magic mushrooms are commonly used to temporarily cure depression, but that doesn’t mean you walk around laughing like a maniac for a week straight. They’re all non-addictive as a bonus, and I’ve never felt the need to have more after learning what I had to.

      I honestly think if everyone tried some mushrooms we would have world peace, but people with pre-existing mental conditions should not consume, along with any other drug – including caffeine and alcohol – that hasn’t been approved by their doctor.

  3. Anonymous says:

    As we’ve seen with the PPM in the past, this Unity regime is preoccupied with commencing as many large spend projects as possible, all negotiated in secret dealings behind the curtains, without proper diligence, skill, or “triple bottom line” justification, and against acceptable governance, and accounting practices. There is much that needs to change, not just with the way successive governments operate, but also with the private enterprises that continue to benefit from stoking corrupt practice. Both need to be rooted out, with trials, and people going to jail.

    We must begin to measure our achievements in terms of social, environmental, and commercial benefit, the “triple bottom line”: no single facet should be exclusive of the other two, and all of it should be open to public scrutiny and debate. Those that have offended one or more of these facets should be held firmly to account, and not peaceably retired to rural anonymity.

    • Anonymous says:

      The disconnection is through not caring about Cayman or it’s people…this government only cares about themselves and deals they can make for personal benefit. The fact they wouldn’t take a pay cut during this trying time is just one example.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Which creator would include a fatal flaw to make their bridge fall? Our complexity doesn’t mean we HAD to be created. Biology comes with natural flaws such as childhood cancer that an intelligent, sensible designer could’ve just omitted. Let’s not talk about mosquitoes.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Keep up the good work Michelle. We need more people like you who are willing to stand up and hold our elected officials accountable. We have affirmed our intention in the Constitution to “manage growth and maintain prosperity, while protecting the social and natural environment” yet all the politicians seem to forget that last part.

  6. Rachel says:

    What God nonsense? There is no nonsense with God. God is the creator of the universe. Everything that you enjoy He created. He created you, and He created me to enjoy His creation.

    • Anonymous says:

      Seriously? Who told you this? Its fine to believe it, but it’s not fine to spout it as fact. I really wish you’d realize that and accept it. Nobody knows whether or not any of the 000’s of gods exist or ever existed. Many believe some or all or just one of them have/and/or/do exist. That’s fine. But equally, many don’t believe it at all.

      Nobody truly knows. You’re right to beleive what you want. But don’t go telling others as if its fact. Because it’s not.

      • Anonymous says:

        Don’t you go telling me your fabrications derived from your own limited existence. Some of us have experienced God.
        Try humility.

        • Anonymous says:

          er, no you have not. Nobody has. Fear, drugs, shock, despair, hope, love, all these things and more can bring extraordinarily wonderful sensations and feelings, some would say out of this world experiences. But it isnt a god. At least, its really unlikely. or of course, maybe it was. But it wasn’t. Who knows? You don’t Neither do I. That’s the fun.

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you fear the wrath of Zeus? Destruction by Shiva? I believe in one less fairytale out of thousands than you.

      Because someone wrote “follow this religion, everything else is false” doesn’t make it universally correct. Nonsense to assume yours is right just because someone told you so.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Behind closed doors, all you live for is taking
    That double life of yours has left your whole world shaking
    Who are you fooling? I know you hear the laughter
    Don’t you hear people talking? What is it that you’re after?

    Turn off your conscience
    Leave the world outside
    Nothing at all can ever make you feel
    That anything’s real, so you just disconnect

  8. Anonymous says:

    There is no God, hence the problem…..

  9. Anonymous says:

    Well said DG

  10. Anonymous says:

    Well said, agree with you 100%. Greed is the ruination of the world very sad.

  11. Anonymous says:

    You had me up until the God nonsense.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is not nonsense when someone mentions the handiwork of God. God created the world and everything that is created. He created you, He created me. Without Him was not anthing made that was made.

    • Anonymous says:

      Those words are ill-advised. “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God.”
      Better just say nothing if that is all you have to say.

      • Anonymous says:

        Without fail-safes, religion wouldn’t last in the modern world. Funny how all those miracles conveniently happened before the invention of video cameras. Such an almighty being yet not even a peep. All he has to do is put a bright cross in the night sky and everyone will kneel. But..

        Of course people would think, “if he’s so powerful why can’t he cure me” so they put in the story to explain why we shouldn’t tempt the fairy to do our will. Oh well, not my fault I got an education and prefer biological evolution over creationism to explain this universe.

        Every single religion has a fail-safe to instruct its followers that other religions are false and to have blind faith in a false promise that there’s life after death.

    • Anonymous says:

      You might not like the words about God, but the message is still the same. We disconnected from nature and it went badly. Maybe God is triggering for you, but surely you would understand it as nature. The point is that we have disconnected from nature.

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