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LETTER OF THE DAY - More love for 2015

Published:Tuesday | December 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The most photographed Love fountain in downtown Philadelphia. - Photo by Mike Jaswani

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It is said that we ought to put what we read into practice. Very important, but how many of us abide by this principle?  Many of us who are readers of the daily papers, and other important reading materials, often forget what we read about, and fail to put what we have read into practice.

However, in this New Year, 2015, I would like, and I am hoping, to see something good happen, pertaining to love - more love and less crime - putting 90 per cent of our attention and intention on love, and 10 per cent on material things. Because, the more love and respect we have for one another, more than the love for vanity, the crime rate will go down.

If the criminals, the terrorists, the gun-pests, the knife-mongers and machete-wielders, had love in their hearts, Jamaica would never have become such a bloody nation, or the murder capital.

In 1st Corinthians chapter 13, it tells us very plainly about love. Verse 3 says: "If I give all I possess to the poor, and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing."

This is absolutely important for us to bear in mind. And it's not about man/woman relationship love, but the agape love of God.

I am earnestly appealing to all those who are very aggressive, very intolerant, and have a warlike attitude, to exercise some love and tolerance, and surely, a great deal of self-control, in this New Year, so that there will be no bloodshed and death.

So, let us light up Jamaica with some profound inputs of love.

Finally, I end this letter with a very sad note: We truly regret the passing of that wonderful singer, Barbara Jones, who died very recently. We miss her very much. We send condolences to her family, and may her soul rest in sweet peace. And what I said about Barbara Jones also goes to all the others who have also passed on.

Thank you very much.

Donald J. Mckoy