Maybe we all are the prob­lem

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: THE ATRO­CIOUS acts of vi­o­lence in Ja­maica have many ask­ing what the Gov­ern­ment will do. What will the po­lice do? What will the Church do? But, right now, I am ask­ing, “What will I do?”

I know I must have a part to play in all this. Ev­ery Ja­maican does. We can­not wait on the oth­ers to make things right, but rather we must look in­wardly and see if we can make a change to trans­form our so­ci­ety.

Have we suc­cumbed to a cul­ture in which cold, cal­lous hearts are ready to cre­ate chaos? Are we teach­ing our chil­dren that if they don’t have a smart­phone, ‘dem nah say nut­tin’? So, we en­cour­age them to be ‘wise’ and do what­ever it takes to get that phone and other ma­te­rial pos­ses­sions.

Do we con­done bru­tal­ity in some cir­cum­stances, but are con­founded by the bar­bar­ity of our cit­i­zens? Do we laugh at ci­vil­ity, while em­brac­ing cru­elty? Are we grudgeful and bad-minded when our brother is pro­moted? There­fore, we try to bring him down with our vit­ri­olic at­tacks. Do we raise our hands to praise God in our churches, yet refuse to lend a hand to the needy sis­ter in our pew? Are we part of the prob­lem? NI­COLA CARARA ncar2009@aol.com

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