THE EDITOR, Sir:
Once during a conversation between college classmates of mine about materialism of their intimate relationships with men, I interjected, "what about love?" I was laughed to scorn by them. This exemplifies What is wrong in what we see and hear in the news, and by extension, what has happened to Jamaicans. We are ashamed of the wrong things, which is further compounded by us being proud of the wrong things.
Whether it is skin bleaching, transactional sex among our youth, lewd and irresponsible behaviour or crime and violence, you name it and there is pride/shame anomaly. Just as in any successful venture, whether in agriculture, commerce, sports, family, medicinal, religious, cultural and educational practices, people must be enlightened as to what is 'good' and what is rubbish, and try to consistently choose 'the good'. Half of the junk that we eat, listen to, watch and read, that we import, preach, and kill ourselves and one another for (even if inadvertently) would eventually become no more.
The reality, though, is that trends move in certain directions for valid reasons, a reality that is hard to dispute or undo. There will never be agreement in beliefs among our inhabitants; but if only we could consistently adopt the 'good' from one another, then we would find ourselves being proud of the same 'good' things.
André O. Sheppy