A nation that stands for nothing, or stands for anything, is a nation doomed and destined for hell and destruction. This is so because if you stand for nothing or anything, then you would not have been fighting against anything at all; thus allowing yourself to be a totally controlled, prone to all forms evil, immorality, corruption, slackness, and nastiness, in the name and objective of survival. Is that the only purpose of the human race?
I am sick and tired of hearing careless and indisciplined young adults talking utter hogwash everyday that it is the "old people" who are the problems and stumbling blocks to Jamaica's success and prosperity. They push that sordid point on the basis that old people are too rigid in the principles and morals that they believe in, which is crippling the ease at which "young people" can enjoy and establish their modern ways of indiscipline, corruption, slackness, and nastiness in society. These young people try to justify their modern ways as having the ability to be flexible and easily adaptable to "change", in order to make it up the ladder of financial and material success at all cost.
Based on my thirty-two years on Earth, I have realised that our world is rapidly losing it moral fibre due to the infiltration of the "modern" ways of thinking and behaving; and this realisation has caused me to embrace, even more, the ways and thinking of old people — divorcing my young self from the sordid modern ways of the young.
A family member of mine went as far as to tell me that human beings are like animals, whose main purpose is survival. Ergo, one has to do whatever has to be done under that prevailing circumstances in order to achieve that sole objective of survival. That individual, and those in support, do not even know how dangerous and asinine such a statement is to the future development of our currently unruly and indisciplined young people.
In a previous discussion about students being locked out of high schools, I made the point that it is ludicrous and dumb for anyone to say that it is the schools' administrators who are responsible for any harm done to students outside of the schools' perimeter fencing — even when those students are locked out for improper uniform or lateness. I think it a simple commonsense fact that the purpose of a perimeter fence is to clearly establish the boundaries by which the owners or administrators have legal power of control and safety provision.
This leads to the question, therefore, who is responsible really responsible for the safety of students outside of the school's compound? Is it the parents? Or, is it the student? Any sensible and well-thinking individual would know that it could not be the parents who are responsible under that circumstance, because the parents would have already transferred temporary responsibility to the student by giving that student his/her fare to take a public passenger vehicle on his/her own to school and back home when the school's session is completed. Hence, the student is the only logical person with responsibility for his/her safety while outside the school's perimeter fencing.
With that said, young people continue to promote and push the point that old people need to vacate offices of critical importance to facilitate the development of our children and country, making the way clear for young people to step in and install their modern ways of running those offices. In principle, nothing is wrong with giving young people the opportunity to exercise their knowledge, skills and competencies in those critical offices; but in order for that to happen, we will first have to purge the sordid mindset and bring them back to having good morals and principles.
Sadly, many of our current young people will do any and everything just to "eat a food" and gain financial and/or material wealth and prosperity. This results in them being willing to take bribes and guns from other to the demise of their own community members and neighbours. Some even take handouts from politicians during election to vote for a particular party, even if that party is the worst choice for the country's development; and turning a blind eye to the corruption and crime in order to keep their jobs and collect their pay cheques.
How can you be pushing for young people to replace old people occupying critical offices when the young and their young parents cannot even abide by basic school rules? It gets even worse when they "go the extra mile" to spend valuable time examining the rules with a fine-tooth comb to find all the technicalities and loopholes that can be used against every rule and regulation.
Who then is the problem?
Garth "Sub-Zero" Allen is author of the soon to be published Freedom of Expression. email@example.com