The Soloist, Contributor
What a week it has been. The great United States ground to a halt, and a woman engaged cops in a car chase. Scores died in a boat accident in Italy, while at home in Jamaica, the economy continues to grind to a halt and no one seems to be capable of mapping a strategy for our long-term growth and development. I just love the world.
Wars, floods, fires, road accidents, kidnappings, suicides and acts of terrorism are all happening at some place on earth. Makes you just want to check out. Those who believe in the Bible, say these are the last days. Well I don't buy that. I have been hearing that we are in the last days for the past 70 years. My view on this whole messy business we call life is that we should all be learning to be more self-sufficient and take charge of our future rather than depend on the uncertainty of foreign investments.
Foreign investors are here to make a profit at our expense, ship their profits back to their homes and move on to the next, best prospect. When you examine what they give us in return for our natural and other resources, we have to ask; is it worth it?
One reader took offence to my piece last week on our bad behaviour at funerals. They sent the response below:
"As a Jamaican who has had many funerals in my family, I am very offended by this article. As usual, Jamaicans are painted by foreign-minded people as uncivilised and bad. Instead of putting down and demeaning all Jamaicans because of the behaviour of a few, we need to focus on the positives.
You should know that generalisations reflect a one-sided and often false and biased view. Yes there are people in Jamaica who behave like that, but that has not been my experience with death and funerals in our family.
I have been away from home and have lived in so called 'First World countries for more than 20 years, and have seen behaviour similar to the one you described. However, there were no Jamaicans involved.
I hate to see so-called Jamaicans put down their country. You can disagree with bad behaviour without putting down a nation.
First, I am not a so-called Jamaican. I am a a citizen by birth and I have every right to report what I experience. I will repeat again - every time there is a death in a family, many of those who come to 'mourn' do so with their hungry bellies in their hands. They wait for the first opportunity to pounce and rob almost like looters after a hurricane.
I have witnessed funerals where people make three trips to the buffet line and have to be asked to leave. I have witnessed funerals where people dress for the service, but sit on the verandah of the family home waiting until after the service just so they can be first in the food line. I have witnessed so-called mourners packing pieces of chicken in their beautiful handbags when they thought no one was looking.
So, my dear reader, you have your story and I have mine. Nassau is not a First World country. It is only 75 minutes away, and many of our teachers, nurses, doctors and other professionals live and work there, so perhaps we can learn something positive from them. Funerals are not the only places where we behave like hooligans. As great as we are in music and sports on the world stage, we are equally disgusting in other spheres. I have no problem looking in the mirror at our faults. We behave badly at funerals ... full stop.
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