The problem with Jamaica is in the statement: JAMAICA, NO PROBLEM.
Have you ever heard the story of the boiling frog? The boiling frog is a fable describing a frog being slowly boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if the frog is put in lukewarm water which is then brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is shows how sometimes we can adjust our minds against an imminent threat of real and present danger.
How can we fool ourselves into thinking that Jamaica is Ok when there are so many social problems? For such a small island, the problem of MURDER is too pronounced, yet it is the one for which finding a solution seems most elusive.
I would think – Catch the criminal, charge and imprison him – end of problem. No wait… You can’t catch him that easily. He is heavily networked in a fortified system. Someone is covering him, there are big lawyers who can help him talk his way out of trouble for a fee and the court system is not straightforward. There are rumors of case buyouts and a backlog of cases in the court system, making things worse. I don’t know why there is this thing about witnesses coming forth to tell what they know. We must be real and fair. Jamaica still has an “INFORMER FI DEAD CULTURE” so why do you want some poor peasant with 3 children to risk her future and that of her children just to attempt justice? No! She can’t be the sacrificial lamb for the solution of crime.
What shall we do? Resign ourselves to live with it all? There is talk of change by political aspirants but how often before have we heard these same speeches?
The escape for the average man seems to be getting someone to “file” for him and then migrate, removing himself from the “sore” of crime and corruption. No one wants to fix it.
I drove through the island of Jamaica earlier this week on a mission to pray with the Jamaican flag (1 Timothy 2:8). I was shocked to see the number of villas and hotels lining our island’s coastline. I couldn’t help but think – where is the influence of all the owners of Jamaica’s wealth in fixing our ills? Nowhere real because there is a rule – if it doesn’t affect you, leave it alone. This is not right. One man suggested I just enjoy my life and leave these problems alone.
The Church as a group is not united nor do they seem motivated to fix it. Each has its own “denominational” business to handle and for the independent empire builders, it is not a concern.
The police are handcuffed and in our music industry there are those intent on making anthems for crime and corruption.
I am not sure. Maybe the Diaspora???