Honor, Respect, Decency, no more...


Not long ago, particularly on the countryside, when you knock at people’s door, you’d say Honor, and they’d answer Respect. Honor, Respect, and Decency used to be at the core of our Haitian fabric. Those were basic principles transmitted from generation to generation. But, somehow, we have lost those virtues. Nowadays, Honor and Respect are bestowed only on the rich and powerful, regardless of the means used in gaining wealth or political clout, and Decency has become a thing in the past. You get abused every day, at all times, if not by bikers or drivers violating all road safety rules, it is by D-jays on street corners pumping up their Tisourit beats. If it’s not by stiff-lipped workers barely moving a finger to help you out, it is by nurses or physicians not giving a hoot about your care. Even the dead, as you can see in the picture below, don’t get any respect.