HELLO, MI neighbour! As we speak, many of our brothers and sisters, including children, have no idea where their next meal is coming from. Others can pick, choose and refuse, with more to spare. No doubt, this social imbalance could be with us for years to come. But caution: we can correct it.
To remove this imbalance, we must adhere to the divine imperative to 'do unto others as you would want others to do unto you.' And, note that no allowance is made here for envy, jealousy, covetousness, selfishness, bitterness, greed, stinginess, etc. These lead to social issues such as crime and violence. And may I hint that all attempts to eradicate crime and violence are futile unless we get to the heart of the problem? The heart of the problem is that man's heart needs a thorough cleansing?
Robert Marley confirms this in his song:
Man to man is so unjust
You don't know who to trust
Your worst enemy could be your best friend
And your best friend your worst enemy
Some will eat and drink with you
Then behind them sus'pon you
Only your friend know your secrets
So only he could reveal them
Some will hate you
Pretend they love you
Then behind they
Try to eliminate you
Understandably, some of the achievers among us are reluctant to share the results of their hard labour with the needy among us. The needy, who have an inalienable right to food, clothing and shelter, think otherwise. This dilemma has many negatives: an ambitious person who sets up a business to provide for his family might find himself set upon and robbed by other human beings in their effort to make a living also. If people would find more palatable ways to generate an income, what a beautiful country this would be!
Here's a thought: if those who are able to, would target one needy person and help him/her, fewer of us would become their targets. To my surprise, last week when I saw a young man whom I once targeted and helped, he was brand-new. While everyone else despised him, I found it within me to treat him in a manner I would have wanted to be treated had I been in his shoes. And the good news: he is now helping others!
Do you know why people really beg and rob others? They feel 'choiceless'. They don't have jobs. They are not business-minded. Some of them are straight victims of circumstances. Deep down, they don't find pleasure in being insulted by others - but yuh nuh ... . Those who rob do so because they feel that if they beg, people will turn them down. And so they resort to the senseless and reckless thing which often leads to their demise. Let's just be our brother's keeper.
Will you help a neighbour from the list?
To help, please call Silton Townsend at 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412, 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. Email email@example.com.
Thanks for helping
1. Janet, St Catherine, for offering clothing to the entire family.
2. Rev Barrett, Hanover, for offering to assist 19-year-old with clothing for church.
3. Ms Lyn, St Catherine, for offering clothing for children and adults.
4. Monica, St Mary, for offering clothing for male and female.
5. Mrs Campbell, Falmouth, for offering khaki for schoolboys.
6. Ms Bailey, Kingston, for offering clothing for six-month-old child to mother who asked.
7. Ms Pusey, Kingston, for male and female clothing.
Opportunities to help
Good Samaritan, St Andrew, seeking place for a lady and young baby to rest their heads for two months.
Elaine, Clarendon, unemployed needs a sewing machine to create an income.
Nikki, Portland, unemployed mother of three brilliant children asking for help with schooling.
Pansy, St Catherine, needs a television.
Alicia, St Catherine, asking neighbours for a stroller, high chair and clothing for six-month-old baby boy.
Sylvia, Manchester, unemployed, 16-year-old son is disabled. Asking for a blender to blend his food. Also needs extra-large baby diapers for him.