Trinidad and Tobago in many ways has enjoyed a charmed life. Our good fortune, to a significant extent, has been the work of serendipity. We have not experienced the tremendous hardships endured by many other countries, especially regarding natural disasters and the violence of wars or internal conflicts. In many ways, our life as a country has not been very different from the lives of most humans on the planet. Humans are born, they enjoy a childhood without responsibility, followed by a turbulent adolescence full of carefree experimentation until they enter into adulthood, sometimes with a plan but often without one.