One of the most difficult things to accomplish is to get people to think outside their comfort zones.
We, humans, are certainly products of our environment.
As for us Jamaicans who were raised on JLP and PNP orthodoxy, seeing reason outside of the confines of those political blinkers is nearly impossible.
Unfortunately for the country, because of this blinkered mentality, the leadership of the two major political parties has very little to fear from engaging in corruption and stepping outside the bounds of the law.
A revolutionary change is necessary, the imminence is up to the people.
I believe it was Norman Manley who was credited with the statement quote;’There can be no real victory without a few broken skulls.”
Whether Jamaica’s evolution will be one of a popular people’s uprising or an intellectual awakening is impossible to say.
But if the blood-letting and the carnality are to be halted there will have to be a shift, a paradigm shift even,_______________ in the way we think, in the way we act, in the way we expect our country to be run.
Presently there is little sign that we are even cognizant of the right path to take.
The new normal is the daily killings with the bodies of entire families wiped out by gangsters.
The new normal is little babies describing in graphic detail the sexual organs of their parents and the actions their parents engage in sexually.
The new normal is the recording of that despicable narration from a child no more than an infant and the promulgation of it on social media for likes.
Often we hear of a desire to return to the way we were. It is incredibly difficult to imagine a return to the way we were when many who created the “way we were” are no longer around.
Through the passage of time, death, immigration, and probably more consequential the change forced on the silent majority to remain silent, at the peril of violent death, our country has changed forever.
When the mass of criminals and others being returned to the country, some after a lifetime of crime abroad, are added to the mix, it seems to me the status quo is here to stay.
Contrary to the hyperbolic arguments you hear and the faux attempts at patriotism the vast majority of Jamaicans have told pollsters they would emigrate if they could.
In fact, those who make the loudest noise about not leaving Jamaica have been those who have not been able to leave.
In 2015 alone The United States Embassy in Kingston confirmed that Jamaicans spent J$3 billion) trying to obtain visas to the United States.
And that is only to one country. Every day Jamaicans line up at the British and Candian consulates as well as consulates of other countries trying to find a way to have a better life.
According to a 2016 survey commissioned by Respect, Jamaica and the local office of UNICEF, 81 percent of Jamaica’s youth between 14 and 40 years of age would leave the country immediately if they could.
The only country they ruled out as a possible choice was the nation of Afghanistan.
As far as Transparency International is concerned our country is 84% corrupt.
These are only a few of the negative trends which dictates that regardless of who is in power politically, the reality is that we are headed in the wrong direction.
There seems to be no understanding that their economic survival and growth is hinged on their ability to remove violent crime and corruption from the society.
Failing which, regardless of the smoke and m
Nevertheless, the emphasis is on whose party is in power so that scarce handouts may be derived.
It was sad when it first started, it is sad today, yet the really sad thing is that we appear to be frozen in accepting that we cannot change it.
Instead of rooting out the murderers and demanding there is no more corruption, society seemingly has evolved into acceptance of corruption and violent murders as its chosen path.
We should never grade ourselves against the world’s worst actors. Instead, we should look at what works for the best and see whether we can co-opt some of their best practices and see if they can work in our unique situation.
Make no mistake about it, the Jamaica of
The sad reality is that for many Jamaicans who yearn for the land of peace and serenity of the past, that ship has long sailed.