We could learn a lot for those who walked this road before us — if we would only pause to listen. We are in no doubt that just about every adult in Barbados has heard the saying: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
It does not take a genius to get the message.
So often we mean well, but our actions are ill conceived. There are other times when the course we take is unplanned, but that does not make us any less responsible for the outcome of our actions — particularly when others are hurt by what we do.
On more than one occasion since he became Minister of Education, Christ Church East Central MP, Ronald Jones, has been the subject of sustained public ridicule for speaking out against the actions of individuals or groups — when, if many of us were honest with ourselves we would readily admit he only said what the rest of us felt.
We could not help by recall that unfair criticism of the minister when we saw only today an email-based advertising campaign for an event titled Teenage Fete, scheduled for later this week at Bagatelle Great House.
If you live, as we do, by the maxim, there is no such thing as bad publicity, then you will probably criticise us for helping to promote the event, but we believe we must run that risk in order to get our message across.
Our first reaction was: What on earth is a teenage fete?
According to the ad, the event is for children between the ages of 12 and 16 years — and it makes it plain that adults will only be admitted if they accompany their child. We take this to mean that children will be admitted if they are not accompanied by parents.
To their credit, the organisers say in the poster “Absolutely no alcohol! But do they mean none will be sold or none will be allowed in?
But if, like us, you are wondering why anyone would organise a “fete” for minors, you would have to be even more curious about why an event geared for children would be scheduled to start at 9 p.m. and run until 1 a.m.
But the whole affair becomes even more curious. If perchance we wanted to be charitable to the organisers and characterised it as nothing more than a late night children’s party, then we would still be left with the problem of figuring out why prizes will be offered to the sexiest and wildest adult patrons. Would these be the same parents accompanying the minors, supposedly to give direction and guidance on appropriate behaviour?
We are having a hard time accepting this Teenage Fete as being worthwhile to our society, particularly at this time when we are crying out against so many dangerous and/or unwholesome trends among so many of our youth.
How can we fault our young people for doing the wrong things when so much of what adults do appear to promote or support untoward thinking and action.
We are sorry, but there is something very wrong with any event billed as a “teenage fete”. It is even more out of place when adults seek to profit by having 12 year-olds out feting at 1 in the morning; and worse yet when a part of the programme involves prizes for the sexiest adults.
There may be nothing illegal about this event, but morally, we should all have some questions!