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 Hypothesis for a new revolution in Haiti

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By Michel-Angel Cadet

Uncertainty is a normal aspect of the mind’s evolution. It is quite reasonable that in life we should experience this feeling, which is innate to human nature. The unknown is never received without great interest, or some minimum of caution. Fear of the unknown often controls our behavior. From fear grows doubt. And doubt prevents action. Thus continues the status quo where nobody dares to confront his own demon: fear. The fear to act without making mistakes, fear to commit the irreparable, or fear to say it would have been better to have done nothing at all. It’s just that man fears everything he cannot fully control from start to finish. Failure is a word we avoid. Throughout all the inventions, all the progress mankind has known, fear, this attitude of fear of the “new”, the fear of failure, if only to a lesser degree, was always present.

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Revolution: this is a frightening word. A concept that sometimes creates a lot of confusion and uncertainty about the future. If life is a struggle, as Victor Hugo said, then to strive means “to act in the present” to achieve an outcome in the future. Get the desired result, or maybe not. But a result, there will be. This is a big problem of revolution. One thing is certain, it is a total upheaval: the reorganization of an entire society. For whose benefit? Who could have advance knowledge of this? St Domingue’s slaves had every reason to want an upheaval in the colony. Zero uncertainty weighed against their determination. Their fate, their prospects, uncertain though they were, they gave up everything to throw off the yoke of the settlers’ whips. The era for another life in another system rang the death knell for slavery.

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Revolution is mental because it emanates, first and foremost, from a collective consciousness. One must take stock of one’s own predicament. It makes one imagine another way to live. It makes one dream. And this in turn forces us out of our indifference to act, so that we stop dreaming but enact and give life to a common ideal. There are some who would act anyway, regardless of the results, as long as something changes, which is what any enlightened people do who aspire to a better tomorrow. These are the ones who say, like Victor Hugo: “Those who live are those who strive, those whose soul, possessed of a firm design, whose mind envisioning a great destiny and a demanding climb, walk pensive, engrossed by a goal sublime.” The goal sublime, the cause of every revolution: it is those native sons and daughters of the nation who aspire to their name. Their fate in a society where they feel marginalized and abandoned by their homeland. Whatever the outcome of the revolution, they could care less, as long as they shed their status of outcasts.

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Some others, who are legitimate sons and daughters of the nation, want nothing to change, since an upheaval would also mean the loss of numerous privileges. Life as it is, is acceptable. It is the work of the Almighty. One must not change the status quo, for fear of disturbing the divine order. Such situations exist all over the world; this is not unique to Haiti. This brings to mind La Fontaine‘s famous quote in The Animals Sick of the Plague: “Accordingly as your power is great or small, the judgments of a court will whiten or blacken your reputation.” The inequalities are nevertheless shocking, and they will eventually correct themselves.

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Today, I wonder if we Haitians, male and female, young and old, are aware that there is something beyond what we see that needs changing. A goal sublime to achieve, for ourselves and for generations to come. This collective consciousness, when will it materialize? When will we realize that something in the society must change? It is time to start a revolution of the mind away from this indifference; time to break this fear that prevents us from acting and to address the real issues of Haitian society. “The greatest burden [is] to exist without living”, says Hugo. When will we, the youth, smash this hesitation and take action to confront the uncertainty of our future. I don’t know when? Where? Or how? Something must be done. It is in our destiny.

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Editor’s Notes:

Michel-Ange Cadet was born in Cap-Haitien, where he completed his primary and secondary education, respectively, at the Frères de l’Ecole Joseph and the Collège Notre Dame du Perpétuel Secours. After his graduate studies in Economics, he quickly took a taste to youth organization, and he is currently a member of the Research Group on Economic and Social Development of Haiti (GREDESH).

This commentary was originally published in French in Haiti Chery and translated by News Junkie Post.

Photographs one, four and six by Zoriah; three from UN photo archive; and five by Fernando Liberona.






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MessageSujet: Re: Hypothesis for a new revolution in Haiti   Hypothesis for a new revolution in Haiti EmptyMer 28 Jan 2015 - 14:55

Se pa selman tet kk kalbas nou pwodwi O cap non. nou gen moun ki t al lekol pou yo aprann pou yo konprann. Bravo pou Michel Ange Cadet ki ekri atik saa.
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