Fix the ‘me’ in crime first
I woke up this morning and as I walked outside I saw someone passing by. I raised my hand and said hello to the person. No answer from the young lady, not even an acknowledgement.
When I was growing up in the little village of Ste Madeleine in San Fernando, I remember my grandmother who was a labourer in the sugar cane estate always telling me, “Chile, please remember three things as you go through life”—show respect to everyone, all races, elders and people on the whole; be loyal to your friends and family and loved ones; and honour your parents. I have always held these close to my heart and tried my best to instil these values in myself.
I wonder where these values are in individuals today. We have become a nation of disrespect to others and an avalanche of other problems. We are quick to lay blame on the Government of the day for all societal problems. But we have the fix the me first in crime. Let us take a look at ourselves and start bringing up our children in the proper way, spend time to teach them good vs evil and what’s right and wrong, the basics we as a nation need to go back to.
Poverty is no excuse for a life of crime! I was brought up by my grandparents because my father left and my mother was always working to try and make ends meet, but I have made my mother proud today and never turned to a life of crime as an alternative. Come on, people. Please wake up! Let us fix us as a people.
The Honourable Prime Minister was ridiculed for being emotional during to her visit to Duncan Street. I could clearly see why the Prime Minister as a woman, a mother and a grandmother could be emotional, but we have become so distanced from our emotions and influenced by others that we have forgotten how to love as a people. The Prime Minister has not forgotten.
Let’s put aside all our differences, forget the divisions that new parties are encouraging and heal ourselves as a nation. Teach our young respect. If we respect each other and have compassion, we would not kill, rape, steal from others and murder. We would not hurt our brothers and sisters. Parents, wake up and take control. Let us be each other’s keeper!