A man walking through a shortcut one day in haste and with the desire not to be late, unfortunately, lost his left eye from a low hanging branch. Instead of doing the right thing by removing the branch, he told himself he would leave it there so some other person could lose an eye like he did.
On his way home that evening he walked the same route and lo and behold the next person to lose an eye to the branch was him.
This time his right eye was gouged and he was left totally blind.
One of the morals of this little story is, be careful what you wish for others, as that which you wish for others may very well befall you.
There are however other morals we may extrapolate from that same story. For example
When faced with a threat remove it decisively or it will eventually overwhelm you.
There is a prevailing tone-deafness on crime which is evident to everyone except for Jamaicans themselves.
The shocking loss of life which has become a regular part of pop culture leads one to conclude that the Island has reached a critical mass , which indicates that the vast majority of people left in Jamaica are either criminals or in some way associated with criminality.
I understand that-that is an insidious and shocking statement to make but how else can we explain the sense of resignation with the present condition?
How does one explain the daily butchering of our businesspeople who make up the backbone of our country?
How do we explain the constant carnage and bloodshed which elicit not much more than raised eyebrows?
Do we continue to make the same asinine statements about crime even as communities and homes look more and more like the administratively segregated sections of some American prisons?
In what normal situation does a small town like Montego Bay which depends on tourism for its very survival have prolonged gunbattles between marauding gunmen and law enforcement officials? Which leads us to the only logical conclusion we must all come to.
Separate and apart from the vicious polarization of our society which pits laborites against Comrades, the ad hominem attacks one attract for demanding quality service from those who are supposed to deliver them, the society has definitely changed and for the worse.
Remarkably, even some in the diaspora who benefit from stricter rules which necessitate better accountability have become cheerleaders for the state of anarchy which continue to evolve, devolving the society in the process.
Why would one send back guns instead of schoolbooks and computers? Why would we be active apologists and cheerleaders for the lawlessness from the relative safety and security of our safer communities overseas?
The San Diego Union-Tribune in June 2009 said, “Ships from Miami steam into Jamaica’s main harbor loaded with TV sets and blue jeans. But some of the most popular U.S. imports never appear on the manifests: handguns, rifles and bullets that stoke one of the world’s highest murder rates.
The volume is much less than the flow of U.S. guns into Mexico that ends up in the hands of drug cartels – Jamaican authorities recover fewer than 1,000 firearms a year. But of those whose origin can be traced, 80 percent come from the U.S., Jamaican law enforcement officials have said in interviews with The Associated Press”.
The narrative that crime is everywhere has been a talking point for many people for far too long. Unfortunately, the narrative is changing with each passing day. We don’t hear that line so much these days because the killers are demonstrating that this is no joke, they are in charge.
Nevertheless, there are still more than enough illiterates who are incapable of extricating their faces from the asses of politicians long enough to recognize that this is not about politics it’s about the survival of a nation.
Any political party, politician or any other person who is not a part of the solution they are a part of the problem. Our country needs solutions not mindless bots who traverse social media looking to attack others.
Both political parties have contributed to the destruction of our culture and our nation since 1962, not all to the same degree but both are guilty.
When I speak out I do so in my own medium, I answer to no trash neither am I beholden to any irrelevant political hack who spend their time on Mark Zuckerberg’s medium, I own mine which makes me answerable to .……
My love of country transcend the narrow confines of political allegiances centered on what one can derive.
We owe it to ourselves and our offsprings to leave this land our fore-parents toiled and died for a better place. We have no obligation to surrender it to murderers. and rapists.
As a Jamaican who served my country I have a stake in my country, I own property there, I have family there.I have no vested interest in either political party, I call balls and strikes regardless of who’s at bat.
It is silence and blind ignorant allegiance to political parties which has brought us to this.
It will be vigilance and unmitigated demand for accountability and action which will get us out of it.
There is literally no one who does not have a family member friend or acquaintance who has been gunned down raped or robbed on that tiny sliver of land.
It has to come to an end and the time to do it is now. There must be better and more sophisticated law enforcement best practices, not the kind we see playing out every day on social media platforms in which the police seem clueless and helpless in the face of lawless onslaughts.
The imagery we see of heavily armed brazen punks are no different than the images we see in Sub-Saharan Africa, in parts of South America and the Middle East or even some sections of Mexico.
There is one word which characterizes those areas, it is “ungovernable.”
Jamaica’s political leadership may continue to put the love of power over the country or it can recognize the dire straits facing the nation and begin an educational campaign which tells of the existential fight the nation is facing.
Jamaicans are not ungovernable, Jamaicans are forced to follow laws in other countries. The problem is that the leadership of the country comprising both political parties have ceded the country to international lobby groups which have zero power in their home country to impact policy.
The Government made a good first step recently by not sending a representative to the conference in Uraguay hosted by the Inter America Commission on Human Rights.
It was a good first step even as the administration bungled the response by suggesting it did not send a representative because of the title of the conference.
The first order of business is to tell those lobby groups, we will punish those who go out and willfully abuse our citizens but don’t ever tell us how to enforce our laws and keep our country safe. If they cannot accept those assurances they should be shown the door.
The Government must unshackle the police and ensure once again that those who would take innocent lives are under no illusions that theirs is fair game.