Jamaica, long teetering on the edge of depravity and moral decay has finally made the international news headlines for a most sordid, reprehensible, and likely satanic conduct.
This most unsavoury bloody stain on the island will not be fleeting. Acknowledged as a country near the top of those dominating world status for its high murder rate and callous disregard for human life, sadly, Jamaica is now included among those, purportedly, where human sacrifice compromised an element of a church worship experience.
An inexorable gradual normalisation of callousness and murder
The island has very comfortably flirted with this treacherous slippery slope of callousness for human life for far too long, and now the hens have come home to roost. This seemingly inexorably sad path has, some claim, included the executed Green Bay five, murdered women, girls, and babies, multiple possibly indiscriminate police executions, and other unexplained deaths.
There has never been a deafening call to action or clear, consistent, and overpowering societal expression of disdain for this tragic disregard for human life. The accepted instinct, it now appears, is to kill first and pause later to contemplate if there was a more reasoned course of action. After effecting the dastardly deed some fail to experience any remorse, or reflect, and as hardened assassins consider their action entirely appropriate. Many have become so vile they unapologetically believe taking a human life is the accepted norm.
Irreversible evil political grounding, inspiration, and approval has scared the landscape
The Jamaican males’ penchant for illegal gun ownership and creating mayhem did not spontaneously arise from vacuous thin air. Many believe that the Honorable, Mr. Delroy Chuck, the Jamaican Justice Minister’s engagement with the Integrity commission regarding that agency’s ability to comment on ongoing investigations will overwhelmingly influence, and thus reduce the unacceptable murder rate in Jamaica.
Some also speculate that the Integrity commissions insistence on strengthening the accountability of required reporting by civil servants and politicians may surprisingly provoke a similar effect on the escalating murder rate. A structured implementation of programs that result in reduction in murders may cauterise the need for States of Emergencies (SOEs) and some aspects of the thus far effective Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs).
Country folk and political tribalism
Recently recounting his childhood, a Jamaican male detailed the stoning of his house in the interests and defence of politics by villagers who attended church with his family. He described how the family was in mortal fear as his church brothers stoned his house and threatened to return and burn their house down. These were the same folk they sincerely knelt with in payer at church. How could they be the very ones intent on maiming or killing them? Other Jamaican males sadly recall JLP and PNP politicians issuing high powered guns to innocent young men with the directive that only those subservient to the dictates of the party’s hierarchy be spared.
Friends, family, old, young, innocent, and the caring were all fair targets unless fully acquiescent to the dictates of the political leadership. Human massacre was justifiably expedient in the name of political ascendancy. Most alarming to these permanently scared Jamaicans was the glib ease with which the implicated despicable politicians consistently denied any complicity when innocent Jamaicans were annihilated. These Jamaicans, still today, cannot envision a less ruthless Jamaican political landscape even when confronted with apparently incontrovertible evidence.
City inhabitants endured the same viciousness – tribal politics
Many older city dwellers were not immune from the unsolicited offers of free guns. More experienced and wiser these devoted Jamaicans, some practising Christians, claim they politely declined guns from politicians dispensing these powerful weapons. The intended human targets and dictated purpose of gun ownership, were incongruous with their faith and vision for a prosperous and safe Jamaica.
The good Paul Bogle days are gone forever, never to return
For the many who still vividly recount how they enjoyed the good old days when Jamaicans were friendly, neighbourly, and truly cared about each other the current anarchy is maddening. No longer can people with certainty walk alone late at night feeling safe. Many feel terrified to be at home alone in the daytime. Leaving the door open when no one is home is now considered irrational behaviour.
Being barricaded behind fortress like burglar-bared structures offer no certain safety or security. It is foolhardy for members of the diaspora who have returned home as Jamaican residents and now live in Jamaica to confide in or implicitly trust an employee. Evil, covetous Jamaicans are apparently everywhere, waiting to pounce, robbing, maiming, or killing the very hand that is feeding them. This level of illogical behaviour is incomprehensible.
Paul Bogle, Samuel Sharp, and William Gordon as aberrations demonstrated genuine concern, uprightness of purpose, and commitment to true freedom for the regular day-to-day Jamaican. Their larger-than-life contributions are lost in the relic of yet still germane national history. Tourists visiting Jamaica may find these men’s indelible place in history more relevant and poignant than successive generations of ineffective leaders now seeking similar acclaim.
Churches in Jamaica having countenanced impropriety amongst leadership and in their pews are now baptised in the mire
All religious groups and churches in Jamaica will be sullied by this incredulous sacrifice offering, demonic, bizarre, and most likely illegal activity. Some, questioning, may in haste conclude churches have now lost all relevance. Others will posit all churches, and their leaders are corrupt. Such premature and shallow conclusions overlook the tacit acceptance in the Jamaican society that there are now no behavioural norms which are sacrosanct.
Each person they claim has the sole right to determine what is proper, and society be damned if that individual’s behaviour upsets someone else’s expectations or values. A careful assessment of this latter prescription may provide a more apt explanation for the irreversible, inescapable, and continued decline in the Jamaican psyche.
Renaissance in places of worship an immediate priority
Churches must demand, if public discourse is to be acknowledged, that those of their leaders who have infrequently engaged in rapes, financial indiscretions, spousal abuse, economic extortion, child abuse, and who extol self–interest over that of their congregations immediately understand and execute their fiduciary responsibility.
Some church leaders will not benefit from retraining, psychological evaluation, and intervention. The harm to congregations can no longer be subservient to the interest and welfare of malfeasants who have no intention to change their dastardly ways. Non complaints must be sidelined. A new norm is necessary. A national policy requiring churches police themselves, including making annual reports to an appropriate nongovernmental neutral body regarding pre-determined benchmarks is essential. Failure to comply must be met with onerous financial payments administered by another nongovernmental agency which monies will cover restitution and the appropriate care to the aggrieved.
In his day Mandela was influenced by Jamaica, can his legacy now impact aspiring and current leaders of Jamaica?
A towering Nelson Mandela was the man for the season as his country, South Africa, was uncertainly emerging from its most immoral, and dark history. And did he shine a light? So bright, it incinerated apartheid, not only across South Africa, but significantly dulled its embrace elsewhere. So wonderful an influence, it brightened, and enlightened and thus transformed leaders across the globe. Jamaica will your Nelson now stand up! Does the country need a saviour, one willing to have his blood spilled, like Sam, William, or Paul?
Or should we settle for a pliant, guided by polling data, void of vision or substance, unprincipled, empty leader?
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