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If anyone is deserving of hero status it's Bob

Monday, June 10, 2019

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Dear Editor,

I am no historian, neither am I a teacher of civics, history nor social studies. I am just a Jamaican who loves my country and strongly believes that everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion.

It is said that the most irrational decisions are made by people when they're going through an emotional phase. In my personal life, my spouse will tell you that when there is an argument between us I tend to walk out for 30 minutes, because it is my belief that eight out of 10 times a person will say things that hurt the other party when they are too emotional about a particular topic.

The argument about who should be given the honour of national hero should be made out of facts and not emotion. As a sales consultant, it is my duty to due a SWOT Analysis of a company, product, service, or experience before I make any recommendations to my client. The facts must be carefully analysed. This principle is something that can be used across the board in different decision-making processes.

So, let's remove any emotions from this reasoning and look on the contributions of any individual to this country. Let's look on the positive contribution to the building of nation, but while we are looking at that do not forget to look on the negatives that this country has suffered because of the individuals. We must also look on their overall impact, including how his/her efforts have impacted us both locally and internationally.

In recent days, with the death of the former Prime Minister Edward Seaga (May his soul rest in peace) many people on social media and other sections of the nation have been calling for the honour of national hero to be bestowed upon him. In my opinion, I think this call is solely motivated out of pure emotion and a lack of facts. I am not saying that the late prime minister didn't do great things for this country, but let us examine it holistically and not be blinded by our emotions.

What percentage of this country believes that he should be honoured with such a title. Separate from people who support the former prime minister's party, had work closely with him, or lived in his constituency, who else is saying that he should be given such a title.

What about Bob Marley? He helped shape one of Jamaica's biggest sectors that bring in revenue on a daily, monthly and yearly basis through tourism. Many times, if you interview these tourists who visit our shores on why they come to Jamaica or what they know about Jamaica, in their responses will surely be the two words “ Bob Marley”.

I am one who has had the privilege of travelling to more than one country around the world that speak both English and Spanish, and Jamaica is known for those two words as well.

In the month of February the prime minister of Canada declared Bob Marley Day to celebrate his birthday and the significant contributions he made not just to Jamaica, but the world. When there was political bloodshed in this country, caused by both political parties, when the former prime minister was a leader and influencer of one of the parties, it was Bob Marley, in his wisdom, who risked his life to unite both leaders and the country.

This shouldn't be a debate, but if someone should be given national hero honours at this time, it's not the former prime minister, it should be the late Bob Marley.

Rashford Colin Dinham


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