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Get rid of quick fix mentality

Published:Tuesday | October 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

Jamaica seems to have arrived at an impasse. The masses have somewhat obligingly tossed away the key to their own freedom, hence becoming prisoners of their own doing. We have apparently lost the vision of economic efficiency and social and mental self-reliance that our ancestors had for us. In effect, we have lost the capacity to become positive history makers collectively.

This is said in view of the passing of National Heroes Day when one is forced to look at the struggles our ancestors went through to attain both physical and mental freedom. Little did they know that their struggles would not reap the great rewards they had imagined. As a people, we remain enslaved by our inability to become visionaries, to convert every imperialistic ploy into possibilities of national advancement.

The visionaries we require are the type of people who have the ability to not only think of solutions to our nation's problems, but who also have the capacity to put their solutions into practice.

What we need to do is get rid of the 'quick-fix' mentality, as the aphorism asserts: "Rome was not built in a day." Snap decisions, in my view, do not solve problems, because these decisions are generally short-sighted as a result of a lack of deliberation. In order to ensure that the fight of our heroes was not in vain, we need to become strategic thinkers and be willing to make sacrifices that will, in turn, benefit us in the long run.

I am, etc.,