Okay, I admit it. I'm guilty. Guilty of allowing Myself to be sucked away from My original intent to have The Jenius discuss technology, knowledge management, education, entrepreneurship, progress and other such topics that prompted the launch of this blog.
I allowed The Jenius to be sucked into the fetid swamp known as "Aníbal's Asinine Administration," "Pedro's Pathetic Posing," "Loco Legislator Larceny," "Grotesque Government Gluttony" and "Mooing Moronic Media."
Back when The Jenius was launching His vision, I wrote columns for a section of PuertoRican.org, a now-defunct website. (I had nothing to do with its closing down, I assure you.) Over the course of 50 columns, I went from asking "Why?" to simply stepping away from the whole thing because I was tired--disgusted--at being so critical so often.
For those of you expecting Me to do the same now, keep hoping.
Unlike the first go-around, The Jenius this time has a solid base of positivism, a wide range of topics, themes and ideas that in some small way help to point Us towards progress. That the tone has moved from cheerleading optimism to venomous attack is simply a personal reaction to the situation We live every day. I'm sure My reaction is neither unique nor extreme: sad to say, this time The Jenius may be in a majority.
Will the tone ever return to rah-rah boosting? No. It would seem incongruent. Will the optimist Jenius reappear? Of course He will. I believe in Puerto Rico. But I simply have no reason or evidence to believe that those trying to run Our show have either the intelligence, the moral values, the dedication or vision to make Our potential come true.
That includes private industry as well, for they have fed off the public teat for so long that the thought of scaling up in talent, processes and capital to compete at the global level makes them sick. It unmans them. So they don't do it.
The solution lies in a massive wave of replacements in government, big business, business groups and media, a change led by those of Us for whom the world is here and now, not in some unnoticed fog somewhere. For those of Us for whom Puerto Rico is launch pad and not universe. For those of Us who feel that dealing with different cultures and different mindsets is adventure, not terror. For those of Us who know that any one of Us can make a difference--without waiting for permission.
We can make this happen. There's enough of Us to try now, to start replacing the fungi with brainpower, the cowardice with courage and the local for the global. We can do this. We have to. And where once The Jenius would have said "And We will," now what He says is: We shall see.
For The Jenius has made His choice and all He wonders, and needs, is: Have you?
The Jenius Has Spoken.