Letter: Beware the hubristic Siren song of Caribbean constitutional change


Dear Sir:

Hubris: In its ancient Greek context, it describes actions rooted in excessive pride and arrogance that defy established norms of behaviour or challenge the gods, and which therefore bring about the downfall, or nemesis, of its offender.

The voluptuous Sirens of Greek mythology

“First you will come to the Sirens who enchant all who come near them. If anyone unwarily draws in too close and hears the singing of the Sirens, his wife and children will never welcome him home again, for they sit in a green field and warble him to death with the sweetness of their song” (Homer, The Odyssey, Book XII, 8th century BC).

Homer tells the story of Odysseus—also known as Ulysses—an esteemed warrior who is returning home to the Greek island of Ithaca where he is the…

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