Too many have a problem with priorities
The average citizen of Trinidad and Tobago is truly a strange creature. One wonders what manner of priorities people have when money can be spent freely on non-essentials, yet some are up in arms over having the pay the true cost of fuel.
How is it that people would pay up to $4,000 for a Carnival costume to wear and dump after two days? And how is it that people would pay between $20 and $25 for a beer on a Friday night, up to $50 for food, and up to $300 on premium drinks? And how is it that they would pay $2,500 for new music in their cars, and up to $5,000 for new rims that serve absolutely no value- added purpose. And they do all these things with no bother — in fact, with great pride!
Yet, now being asked to pay $5.75 per litre of premium fuel, some of them are grumbling at the idea of actually having to pay their way for an essential commodity. And when the idea of rationalising the GATE programme to eliminate corrupt practices comes up, people are angered by the thought of actually having to pay some of their own money for their own education.
Is it that we in this country have a serious problem with priorities, and understanding the things that are really important?