Trinidad and Tobago is in its 57th year of independence, and moving to 43 years of republicanism. Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Harris in his final interview with the Catholic News before his retirement had observed that after independence in 1962, there was no programme of nation building instituted.
Thus, according to him, we have remained a “nation of minorities”. He continued: “We have never learned how to love ourselves. That is a big issue in education that is not being dealt with at all.”
Fifty-seven years later—a young country still—there is as yet no real impetus to a theory of whole, a sound foundation for taking pride in and understanding what constitutes Trinbagonian identity, culture or outlook.