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Public sector negotiations feature 'guerilla warfare' of selfish aims

Monday, March 19, 2018

Dear Editor,

The current “guerilla war” between Jamaica Teachers' Association members and other public sector workers is a fascinating study and manifestation of the biblical observation that the unregenerate, human heart/mind is “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked”. (Jeremiah 17:9 ,KJV)

This means that unless we are 'converted', or otherwise influenced by positive spiritual, psychological and cultural forces, we are as likely as anyone else to accuse everyone else of being disrespectful, arrogant, dictatorial, etc — even as we arrogantly, disrespectfully and deceitfully demand that our needs and desires be treated as more important than anyone or anything else.

We seem to believe also that anything but a “yes” to all our demands is disrespect.

The ongoing psychological skirmishes and hit-and-run 'bombing raids' demonstrate that many of us either take the rest of us for fools, or are not as wise as we think we are. We do not understand the need for us to “do unto others as we would have done to us” — whether we really love each other or not.

This is because, like the smallest cells in the human body, we are all connected and related to each other. We are designed and placed to help and serve other cells, and the whole body, rather than ourselves, as individuals.

It is therefore beyond short-sighted, even if natural, for either teachers, nurses, doctors, policemen, or politicians to function in ways that are clearly dishonest, deceitful, unreasonable, self-serving, and/or politically expedient without sustainable benefit — and certain to sabotage hard-earned personal and national economic and social gains and objectives.

The truth is that both natural and spiritual indicators suggest that as a society of human beings, locally and internationally, we will continue to have to deal with unregenerate hearts/minds that are “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked”. The good thing, for me, is the awareness that there is a supreme, supernatural Creator who actually rules in the affairs of men in Jamaica and the rest of the world, and who is still in charge and in control.

Hence, the basic requirement is for individual and national leaders who find themselves inclined to “walk in righteousness”, by the Creator's grace, to function where they are, with faith, confidence, wisdom, determination, respect and graciousness, as instruments in the Creator's hands, even as they generally strive to avoid being among those who are “deceiving and being deceived”.


C Anthony