Giv­ing thanks for what we have

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: IT RE­ALLY strikes me that we Ja­maicans are a spoilt bunch. I was home for a week re­cently, be­cause of a fleet­ing ill­ness, and had the oc­ca­sion to watch a lot of in­ter­na­tional news on the tele­vi­sion.

It’s not that I did not al­ready know how hard things are in some other parts of the world, but re­ally hav­ing the time to sit and watch the news as it switches from coun­try to coun­try, across dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents and re­gions, makes you re­alise just how badly some peo­ple have it. From Africa to the Mid­dle East to Asia and parts of Cen­tral and South Amer­ica, there are peo­ple out there who are deal­ing with ter­ri­ble is­sues. Wide­spread hunger, ter­ror­ism and fast-spread­ing dis­eases make up the re­al­ity of a vast num­ber of per­sons across the world.

Our prob­lems here at home are im­por­tant and yes, we need to do ev­ery­thing we can, par­tic­u­larly to end the out­ra­geous spate of mur­ders. But we should, at the same time, be very grate­ful for what we have here in Ja­maica. This blessed lit­tle is­land is par­adise, and it is time we do more to recog­nise and ap­pre­ci­ate this fact.


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