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Honouring Seaga and reconciling Tivoli Gardens

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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Dear Editor,

Even for many non-Christians, Jesus Christ ranks as at least among the best of good-natured human beings who have lived on this Earth.

In many instances, He seen as the greatest human to have ever lived — and this is outside of His divine dimension.

With all of that distinction, though, He was bitterly hated by many who saw Him as a stumbling block. They accused Him of every possible evil that they could conjure up from the things He did. They eventually killed Him.

You know, death often seems to force us to take an honest look at the life of the deceased and to make a final adjudication that is fair, just and balanced. As I seek to do this in relation to the late Edward Phillip George Seaga, former prime minister of Jamaica, I am compelled to look at his life's work and contribution to the establishment and building of Jamaica beyond the terrifying boundaries of Tivoli Gardens, the reputed “mother of all garrisons”.

I must conclude, without repeating the many enumerations of his national accomplishments, that whereas I did for a long time begrudge him the revere with which he has been held by many who would not have focused on the big picture, I now humbly recant, and take great pleasure in saluting the memory of one who has indeed served his chosen country well. Well beyond dreaming, or articulating that dream, he was a builder; a dream builder. A genius? Yup!

I must have passed through Tivoli Gardens once, if ever. I don't know its reality. I suspect that many who speak of it don't either. We hear and repeat unverified stories. And for many who may claim to know, we may only be getting conclusions drawn from the bowels of their own biases and preferred truths.

I listened to what Seaga said about those who hated what he sought to do in Tivoli, and who were hell-bent on destroying it. Others claim it was otherwise. Me? I'm confused. Hence, I will reserve judgement on that count. But if indeed Tivoli Gardens is to be seen as a signal failure, I'm reminded that Jesus lost Judas to greed and covetousness; heaven lost one-third of its angels to Lucifer. Back off!

Kudos, Edward Phillip George Seaga.may your legacy continue to inspire many future generations, and may you find favour in the judgement of the only One who truly stands worthy to be judge of us all. Our nation stands in eternal debt to you for your invaluable service given in love and with great passion.

Charles Evans

Associate director, alumni relations & advancement

Northern Caribbean University

charles.evans@ncu.edu.jm


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