The Battle Against Crime Goes On!
Saint Lucia’s crime situation is a popular topic of discussion among saints and sinners alike. But seldom do you hear about its possible causes. I add my own analysis perchance to contribute to sensible research and how we may finally combat and beat the growing problem. I do so for the best of all reasons: love of country. Better parenting, better schooling, better policing and big brother mentoring have been suggested. Some have pointed an accusing finger at parents— the crucible of early nurturing —severely criticizing them for their children’s crimes. But what of parents themselves? What do we see when we look in the mirror?
Are wayward parents capable of seeing clearly what’s in front of them? I argue that many parents see their problem children as normal. Some have been blinded by a life without love, only abuse. Such parents view society and its institutions as their enemies. They avoid as best they can all encounters with authority. They talk about God only in the context of God will provide. By which they refer to material things.
Then there are parents deeply uncertain of whom or what they are. These have never embraced the languages of the British or the French, neither their culture. They live each day in a state of doubt, in limbo. Raising a child from an unwanted and unplanned pregnancy adds another burden.
There is a third category of normal, intelligent people who use crime to further enrich themselves. These are known as white-collar criminals, which has less to do with their clothes than their status in society, their jobs and so on.
A fourth category is hypocritical grandparents who know where the grandchild for a clear national policy first needs to be resolved before one can develop the self-confidence necessary to properly guide and manage. To educate children as citizens with rights, privileges and responsibilities may be the first step in the attack on criminal conduct.
We tend to avoid our history, (both personal and national) and instead embark on an emotional rather than a scientific path of defining ourselves. Some have jettisoned the word Creole for Kwéyòl even though the vast majority of Saint Lucians continue to use the word patois to mean the same thing. Different people see different things when they even though some have never heard the term. Occam’s razor (also called Ockham’s razor) is a simple philosophy which states that if there are two or more explanations to an occurrence, the simplest answer is often the correct one. Perhaps this explains why, in certain situations, petty theft, praedial larceny and stealing answer immediate needs. It explains why small businesses are more often attacked than those with elaborate security.
It takes someone familiar with Occam’s razor to get to the mind of the criminal. Such a person knows and understands that escalating crime must not be over-thought or reasons disprove theories that a lack of jobs leads to crime. There is no proven scientific finding for such an assertion but people keep making it nonetheless.
Any scientific study of crime ought to be undertaken by persons who are familiar with the philosophies of Occam’s razor, and the null hypothesis. The best persons for such a task are those who consistently used Occam’s razor in their journalistic profession and writings. Persons who understand the concept of verisimilitude (truthfulness) and are familiar with the effects of history, religion, and politics on some parents also come to mind. A third person ought to