Have you ever tried driving by looking in your rear mirror only? If you’ve not tried yet, I’m sure there’s a good reason why!
In Mauritius, we govern not by looking forward but by looking back, apart from the fact that our Prime Minister likes to continuously refer to his dad ;), all we talk about is what has happened. For example, one year ago we were all focussing on tsunamis (who knew that word 5 years back – now even 5 year old kids know about it) and we were wondering how to protect Mauritius. Now everyone is just talking about flooding (and we’re putting the blame on climate change – it’s so much nicer compared to putting it on some minister…). But what are the odds that these will re-occur anytime soon? I might be wrong but statistically the chances are low.
We’ve been shattered by natural calamities and we saw that we were not prepared at all. What we need to do is to reassess our ability at dealing with threats (those we’ve faced and those we’ve not faced yet) and prepare ourselves for future calamities that might fall on us. Just imagine that in one year, a tanker sinks near our coast and there’s a massive oil spill. Are we prepared for that? We’ve never faced such a calamity and if this happens the tourism industry is a goner.
We really need to start thinking of the future and stop focussing on past events. We need to analyse past events and learn from them. Enough with this firefighting policy!