Willful Blindness in Belize
In this TedTalk Margaret Heffernan talks about Gayla Benefield, who was just doing her job -- until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn't want to know. In a talk that's part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak up.
If you turn on the televisin and radio every morning and evening, anyone can see how far our country, our society has deteriorated. We have crimes of all sorts afflicting the entire nation on a daily basis. Diabetes and heart disease are now the # 1 and 2 killer of Belizeans.
Over the past 34 years of post-independent Belize, only 2 political parties have had the chance to guide this nation, to create policies that affected each and every single Belizean. Yet, here we are, with all the societal and economic problems we face, and people are still "willfully blind" as that the root cause of all our problems.
The BPP did not form at random. It was formed over a 20 year period, because the people who make up the BPP knew and understood what was and is wrong with Belize - the poor policies that were thrown upon us by poor leaders. We are here because we know we can do better by and for the people of this country, however, if Belizeans do not join us in making a better Belize, it will never happen...and further shall our society decay. I beg you to realize that you deserve better, so please become a part of making that better.