The collection of commentaries, essays and articles that comprise the main part of this publication are pen pictures that result from the focus of a distinguished son of the Caribbean – Lloyd Best through his unique lens, on the thinking and actions of some Caribbean persons considered influential. The lens chosen is a composite one that was constructed more than three decades ago and perfected over that time. The publication emphasizes the need to distrust and abhor automatic imitation of ‘western scientism and western propaganda’ if one is to be able to understand and prescribe for the affairs of the Caribbean, in other words it advocates the eschewing of automatic mimicry in things technological or otherwise.
The publication offers a selection of essays as our Caribbean forest of memes to savour. In true Caribbean style it is a forest of mixed species and therefore a source of exquisite laminates for the furniture of regional development.
This peek offered by this publication into some of the minds of our great Caribbean intellectuals through the window of one such mind, will contribute significantly to the nurturing of thought, the strengthening resolve to understand the Caribbean and to contribute to its continued development.