Reversing the cycle of greed
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I am living in London, and with the Olympics almost on our doorsteps, I am now pressured more than ever to sell Jamaica positively. The big problem of scamming is now very topical here in England, and it is widely believed that the burden to eradicate this beast of greed should not be left up to the security force, but instead everyone has to take responsibility by demanding accountability from each other.
In order for this practice to stop, we have start working on the next generation through education and returning to old-time values. Parents should start teaching their children to be honest, respect the property of others, to value education, and appreciate hard work. Parents are also called upon to be the positive mentors and role models for their children.
It is evident that most of the people involved in scamming are teenagers or young adults. But where are the parents? Have they lost parenting skills or do they simply fail to instil discipline? Is it that they are too busy enjoying the spoils and cannot speak up against such barbaric practice?
The problem is even deeper, as some parents are indirectly encouraging the practice by allowing the scammers to build big houses for them to live in. Some parents have given up their jobs and are now totally dependent on their scamming children for financial support.
Parents should be offering guidance and not be afraid to reprimand their children. We need to build on the principles laid down by our foreparents wherein children are encouraged to stay in school and get a good education.
We all have a part to play in reversing the cycle of greed.