Editorial: Sentiment

POSTED: 08/14/15 9:48 AM

It’s too late to lock the stable door after the horse has bolted, our dictionary gives as the translation for the oh so Dutch expression: ‘Als het kalf verdronken is dempt men de put.’

This is the sentiment in the circles of the civil service union and one cannot blame this organization for thinking this way.

Earlier this year, Mito Croes found a remarkable quote from soccer legend Johan Cruyff for his updated thesis: The redefining of the Kingdom. It reads: “Je ziet het pas als je het door hebt.”

This Cruyffian piece of wisdom (You only see it when you are on to it) applies not only to soccer, but too many aspect of our lives.

We never thought that Luis was going to hit the island so hard in 1995. We never thought terrorists would fly planes into the World Trade Center in 2001. In the same vein, we never thought somebody would be foolish enough to shoot a policeman in Philipsburg.

Yet, all these things happened – and the measures to prevent them from happening again come always later. Sadly, this is how the world functions. Were it the other way around and measures were in place before something happens, many people would probably wish they were living somewhere else.

So, while we understand the union’s sentiment, this is not a time for finger pointing. It is a time for grabbing this ugly bull by the horns and do what we need to do.

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