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Hello Mi Neighbour | Let us be sensitive!

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Hello mi neighbour! For the few minutes allotted to reading this article, I share a thought which hopefully will help to resolve some social issues. Jack *kissed his fairly new wife goodbye one morning and left for work. It was one of those miserable Mondays at the office.

Everything that could have gone wrong surely went wrong. His trip back home at the end of the work-day was equally miserable thanks to unconscionable motorists. Arriving home obviously tired and quite harried, expecting a warm hug and cool a drink to calm his nerves, what he experienced was quite the opposite. Jack was greeted with a stern rebuke from his wife for having left his slippers out of place before rushing out for work ... . Her insensitivity put a dent in their relationship which sank deeper and deeper until the marriage eventually crumbled and ended in divorce. Ah boy ... when sensitivity is absent.

To be insensitive in the context of human relationships means to be indifferent to, or uncaring of, the feeling of others. It is unfortunate that oftentimes people are uncaring and are not aware of it. This is one of the main factors leading to complications in even some of the most promising relationships. The exciting news however, is that the heart can change. We can learn the art of sensitivity.

The process of heart transformation begins with self-analysis: Am I okay with the way I treat others? How do I make them feel with what I say or do in their presence? How would I feel had the shoe been on my feet? These self-examination questions must be coupled with a strong desire to obey the command to 'do unto others what you would have them do unto you' and to 'love your neighbour as yourself'. There is no greater social tribute that we can pay to others than to love ourselves and them equally.

Will we ever learn that with all our financial wizardry, scientific prowess and intellectual sharpness, unless we get back to basics, human barbarism will continue to thrive? For thousands of years (from every platform, written in prose & poetry, sung and danced in all languages), the primordial duty of humanity is being echoed. This column has picked up refrain and has been trumpeting it for some time: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Did the young man who went on a shooting spree recently hear it? And I could go on. Are they feeling the pain of loved ones? Do they care? Deliver us, Father from the spirit of insensitivity that we might live again like human beings.

Our Father, which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name.

Thy Kingdom come.

Thy will be done in earth,

As it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive them that trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

The power, and the glory,

For ever and ever.



Thanks for helping!


1. Neighbour, St Andrew, for offering two mattresses to her neighbours.

2. Sister Pat for offering a crib with sheets to needy neighbour.

3. Sonia, St Catherine, for offering windows to a neighbour.

Neighbour, St Andrew, for offering food items.


Opportunity for helping


Sharon , Clarendon, neighbour is in hospital and needs $15,000 for a cat scan, appealing for help on her behalf.

Sylvia, elderly, asking for a second hand refrigerator and a fan.

4. Merlene, things are tough - asking neighbours for waist 32 black pants and white shirts for sons to go back to school.

5. Ventris, St James, asking for help on behalf of stroke victim. Needs food and medication - no relatives around.

6. Neighbour, unemployed mother of four boys cannot cope. In need of food and clothing for them - ages nine to 16.

7. Maureen, St Catherine, also asking neighbours for a double bed mattress.

To help, please call 334-8165/884-3866 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