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Solution to crime is within us

Published:Thursday | December 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

We will continue to see little or no result trying to fight against crime and violence unless we become true to ourselves. We have become our own enemies. So often we repeat this Bible verse "Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that will also reap". Now, this principle we all love to testify about is very true and does not only apply to physical farming, but applies to everything we do on a daily basis. Therefore, if we love our neighbours as ourselves, then we will reap the benefits of love and safety.

Too many people are negative reactors. They are comfortable doing almost anything to defend their so-called territory, while infringing on the boundaries of others. What about overcoming evil with good? We don't need to prove what we can do, or how powerful we are, by hurting others.

We need to be sympathetic to the needs of other persons and their feelings. Too many people are self-centred. It's all about me, myself and I. Instead, we should be doing unto others as we would want them to do unto us.

This matter of crime is not only about the security ministry, which includes the police implementing strategies to curb or reduce it. It's about you and I acting as responsible human beings not in selfishness, but each one for the other. Let us stop the blame game, knowing that the solution is within us. So a man thinketh so is he, because thoughts are converted to actions. Let us think on the things that are lovely, pure, honest and of good report so that our actions will bring forth fruits after that kind.

So my fellow Jamaicans, let us examine ourselves and let us start fighting against crime by taking charge of ourselves. Let it not start in the security ministry, but let the change begin with you and I as individuals.

Shauna-Gaye Brown