In pursuit of a better life

In pursuit of a better life

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Dear Editor,

Human cooperation is the cornerstone of human achievement — from the development of language to the sharing of space and information in tribes, clans or, in modern times, the nation state.

I have a hypothesis that the formation of criminal gangs in Jamaica is a modern expression of human cooperation; not just for survival, but for prosperity of an adversely affected group that will either cooperate or challenge the formal system.

The evolution of the political parties in Jamaica followed a similar pattern.

Regular Jamaicans were not receiving sufficient benefits from the established British rule. So, they formed gangs called political parties to help secure a better life for their group (tribe).

The means were nonviolent, while the criminal gangs' means are violent. Nonetheless, the objective is the same — to obtain a better life for the group (themselves). Most morality is for prosperity of the group.

As a mathematician I study patterns. If this group does not get a better life its members will continue the struggle for their group. Look at the mess Colombia is in.

Brian E Plummer

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