Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Kayra Wil­liams

Ionce heard of a young man, strap­ping and tough, who’d fallen on hard times. His story was told to me by a friend who of­ten vis­ited him at his home in Gros Islet. The man was in his 20s. When he was much younger he’d been shot. With his whole life ahead of him, he’d been ren­dered a crip­ple, con­fined most of the time to his bed. Dur­ing vis­its, my friend told me, he and the young man had long talks. Of­ten they would pray to­gether. He had to be helped by fam­ily mem­bers, even to make it to the bath­room.

One day, some five years af­ter the shoot­ing, he sud­denly got up on his own out of his wheel­chair and walked shak­ily to his bed. In that mo­ment he got his free­dom back.

My sto­ry­teller tried his best to de­scribe the joy in that young man’s eyes, but I formed the im­pres­sion his words did not quite de­liver what he wanted to get across to me. I had to re­sort to imag­i­na­tion to try to feel how the young man must have felt as he stood on his own feet, hav­ing de­pended for years on the gen­eros­ity of oth­ers for ev­ery lit­tle thing.

His story re­minded me that there is al­ways hope, even when we think all is lost. Even when mur­ders, rapes, and al­most daily re­ports of vi­o­lence threaten to de­sen­si­tize so­ci­ety; to ren­der most of us un­feel­ing and yes, hand­i­capped. Even as morals and val­ues con­tinue to plum­met, even as bad con­tin­ues to mas­quer­ade as good. If a young man barely out of his teens could find the fortitude, though wheelchair­bound, to keep hope alive, why not a na­tion? Yes, we are go­ing through es­pe­cially hard times but we must al­low our­selves to be­lieve that this too will pass. That we can de­cide to­gether to stand up against evil. I truly be­lieve in that mo­ment we too will get our free­dom back!

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