|Lose yourself in paradise!|
Yet, even though we want, no NEED, the revenues and jobs that tourism offers, we consistently indulge in self-destructive acts. It's like we can't move forward with any consistent strategy of delivering paradise, because we keep tripping over ourselves.
And while some will say the market will bear only the extent of the providers ability to fulfill and generate demand. We have a consistent laissez faire attitude of we're happy with the revenues we obtain, because we're not willing to work any harder. Who in business could every understand this sentiment: "I know there's more money on the table, but I'm not willing to DO anything to GO get it."
Yes, Puerto Rico is an island of enchantment, but it is also an isle of paradoxes. How can you both believe that tourism is extremely important to the financial markets of Puerto Rico, and that it is not worth the effort to actually obtain the prosperity a more vibrant tourism market would bring to the island.
Why can't we be honest about this paradox and admit that while tourism is important, it is not vital to our economy. In the United States, a common expression to force someone to make a decision or take action is to tell them to "Shit or get of the pot!" In this expression, pot is an obvious reference back to times when the toilet was literally a pot of some kind that needed to be emptied after each use. I'm very thankful that we can at least keep the toilets working. :-/
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