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Letter of the day | Morally speaking, have we crossed the Rubicon? | Letters



The massive abandonment and rejection of traditional moral values ​​that currently define the social environment requires urgent attention and correction. It should not be too difficult for any careful observer to realize that the country cannot continue much further on the current moral and ethical trajectory.

What we call civilization is today on the verge of oblivion, because a significant part of our population is unable to tell the difference between what is socially acceptable and what is downright detestable.

Many of us are unable to comprehend the fact that vulgarity and rudeness have become the predominant characteristics of social and personal engagements. Where do we find the strength to carry on when we realize that more and more of our fellow citizens have become drained of the fundamental human traits with which they were created? And in the absence of these traits, they installed hatred, revenge, greed, covetousness, and the rejection of all that is refined and honorable.

It is indeed a chilling reality when so many of our fellow citizens are convinced that the pursuit of money and bacchanalia are the only ideals worth living for. And based on careful observation, the vast majority of the murder and mayhem that floods our communities is perpetrated in pursuit of these distorted ideals.

This moral decadence is exacerbated by the fact that it is not the exclusive prerogative of the so-called uneducated. Culturally, our society is shockingly run from the bottom up.

The wanton killings that have engulfed Jamaica are a powerful reminder of this deadly combination of the drunkenness of the thirst for money and the rejection of moral values. When that distorted belief becomes a person’s worldview, it’s not hard to see how easy it is for that person to turn into a psychopath.


As a country, we would be making the biggest mistake if we thought that this frightening situation would go away on its own or that the security forces could bring it under control.

Jamaica can only be saved from this monster when those who think well of the country decide to play an active and creative role in restoring civility and decency to the nation.

One of the first steps that needs to be taken is for the government to expand the cadre of social workers who, together with volunteers from faith groups and NGOs, will design and implement effective parent outreach programs to be rolled out in the communities.

This initiative should be complemented by a sustained behavior change campaign aimed at countering the subculture that is driving these anti-social behaviors. The government should utilize the abundance of creative talent in the arts, theater, writing and film sectors.

Since most students spend around 12 years between primary and secondary school, these schools should play a central role in this behavioral and awareness-raising campaign.

I sincerely hope that the powers that be are not so myopic to conclude that resource constraints must be the deciding factor in this matter. It would simply mean that we have learned nothing from the many decades of anarchy that have overwhelmed Jamaica.