When Jason stepped onboard my catamaran in Nassau in April to fix two faulty electrical switches, he brought onboard not only his expertise but also some of his long-seeded resentments. As I listened to him, I scratched my head. I was paying him an hourly rate to improve my boat. I thought, as an electrician, he might provide some explanation about his electrical fixes. Instead, he talked smack about his fellow Bahamians.
His gripe was about disrespect. He felt Bahamians have mistreated the sea as well as their livelihood. Probably in his mid to late 40's, born and raised in Nassau, Jason, in the hour he helped me, decried Bahamian fishermen, lobstermen, conch collectors, tour boater drivers, booze cruise skippers, dock hands, marina workers, cruise ship employees and recreation boaters as treating their harbor like a toilet and a trash can. I tried to turn the conversation more to the job at hand, but he was had more to share. He blamed his fellow friends for their ignorance and apathy. It was obvious to him they were destroying their future. Finally I interrupted and inserted "This Bahamian behavior is much more than an isolated island nation problem; this mindset exists everywhere. This is a humanitarian world problem."