THE EDITOR, Sir:
AS THE murders continue unabated towards the one thousand mark by year-end, the society continues to look towards the government, the police and those engaged in promoting peace, to subdue, if not slay, the monster of crime and violence.
Our first look for solutions however, must be directed inwards. All of us must play our part in actively helping to fashion the kind of society we desire and deserve. No longer can we believe that we are unaffected by the murders committed outside our own little area - we are all in this together!
Images of children murdered in Kingston affect our children in Westmoreland. The degree to which we are all affected is greater on those closest to the action, but regardless of where the murders take place in Kingston or Manchester - it is Jamaica and Jamaicans that are reputed to be brutish and violent.
Looking inwards is an act we shy away from, either because we believe we are powerless to do anything about the problem or because we are unwilling to accept that we ought to be a part of the solution. If we believe and accept that we are powerless, then this provides fodder for those who perpetuate the violence: our powerlessness is their source of power. There is no place for apathy and decision by indecision.
Those among us who continue to be entrapped by murderers and criminals must decide whether to continue being helpless victims or to stand up and take charge of our destiny. The police attempt of getting information are met with silence. This silence, though, often speaks volumes: there is deep distrust between the police and the citizenry. Community- policing designed to address that problem is a long process. So where does that leave us? - With ourselves!
We must direct our attention inwards and see that we are worth more than we are made to believe. We must start shaping the future we deserve for ourselves and our children.
I am, etc.,