Let's educate both mind and heart
HELLO MI neighbour! Like the rest of the world, Jamaicans are convinced that respectability and greater earning powers demand higher education. For more than three decades, there was only one university on the island - University of the West Indies.
Today, we have, just to name a few: Mico University College, University of Technology, Northern Caribbean University, University College of The Caribbean, International University of the Caribbean.
To complement these are a plethora of colleges and other institutions of higher learning. No longer can we be viewed as just a land of wood, water, and reggae, but a land
of highly educated people.
As we file into these institutions, one caution, an educated mind with a cold (uneducated) heart can be deadly. There was the rationale that, with an education, people would be more caring, understanding and trustworthy. With greater reasoning ability and analytical skills, they could exercise self-control, thus nullifying brutality and barbarism. Has it worked? Are educated people less selfish, more caring and understanding, etc?
Unfortunately, some of the greatest liars and thieves are among the highly educated. Their education gives them the ability to make lies become truth. So where an uneducated man would end up behind bars for a misdemeanour, the educated often goes free. The overthrow of leaders and undermining of governments are usually orchestrated by the highly educated and, by no means, am I saying that education is evil.
Here's the thing, the Creator, who has given us these minds, along with opportunities for their development, has also given us hearts, along with opportunities for their development. The mind is designed to absorb and process information, which leads to action. The heart is where love, patience, kindness and compassion grow. Both mind and heart must work together to produce life-enhancing actions. The mind is meant to absorb information, transform it into knowledge and lead it into action.
Therefore, as we educate the mind, we must educate the heart. An educated heart will help us to:
n Have respect for self and others;
n Bear the burdens of others;
n Resolve some of those petty problems outside the courtroom;
n Be less vindictive and more forgiving.
n See eye to eye.
In conclusion, an educated mind complemented by an educated heart will take us into new realms where the 'lamb and the lion will lie down together'. Where political parties work together and where children play without fear of abuse.
Thanks to neighbours:
1. Ann for offering crochet threads to a neighbour.
2. Renae, for offering a bed to a needy neighbour.
3. Sharon, for offering crochet needles to Valrie.
4. Jacqueline, Manchester, for financial assistance offered to a needy widow.
5. Annetta, or offering two single beds to neighbours.
6. Hyacinth, St Catherine, for offer of female clothing.
7. Stacey-Ann, St Andrew, for donating a crib to Kerry-Ann, St Andrew.
Opportunities for helping:
n Jessie, Kingston, just starting life and asking for a bed and dresser - sleeps on the floor.
n Neighbour, single mother, asking for play pens and cribs to start a day-care centre.
n Neighbour, asking neighbours for help to start chicken rearing business.
n Neighbour, unemployed/
living with a physical disability - asking for neighbours' help to secure a second-hand industrial sewing machine for income.
n Annette, mother of six - husband incapacitated due to an accident. Asking for financial assistance to start chicken rearing.
n Neighbour, mother of five asking for a bed and a stove. Partner walked out on her.
n Loretta, St Ann, has skill and vision to start business, but doesn't have the capital. Asking neighbours for a second-hand industrial sewing machine.
n Vee, St Ann, asking for a television.
n Janet, St Ann, mother of three - asking for food and clothing for children: girls four and boys two and six.
n Natalie, St Elizabeth, lost house to fire two years ago. Now living in a shop with three children. Shop owner needs the shop. She has nowhere to live. Asking for ply wood and zinc to construct a little dwelling house.
n To help, please call 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412 or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to Hello Neighbour C/o 53 Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 10; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.