Letters to the Editor

Popular but shoddy reasoning

Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Bear with me in a little illogical reasoning. Well, you do it with others regularly, why not with me? Am I chopped tripe?

I am confused and embarrassed about our crime problem. Were I to deliver a public lecture and say, “Look how many reputable criminologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists and security personnel we have in Jamaica, why is crime seemingly so beyond curbing, what then is the societal value of these specialists?” How would you respond?

OK, the expletives and annoyance are justified, but don't burst a blood vessel just yet.

Have you been similarly upset when you hear similar illogical utterances like, “Look how many churches there are in Jamaica and the society is so bad, what then is the value of these churches?”

Or ponder such pretentious platitudes as, “Rape is not about sex but about power,” or “Whatever the human mind can conceive it can achieve.”

I am just asking that we be more careful in our language and logic. There is no necessary causal connection between the number of churches and the state of Jamaica, neither is there any necessary causal connection between crime/violence and the specialists involved in curbing crime or dealing with criminals.

No matter how many doctors there are in Jamaica diseases will continue to be a challenge because, at best, doctors can only diagnose/prognose and prescribe remedies, patients must take the medicine as prescribed to become healthy.

Rape, sex, power. OK, so someone wanted to say rape (an incontestable sex act) is not primarily or only about sex, but about power as well. Well, say so!

The “mind can conceive/achieve” one is understandable when we mean to encourage youngsters, especially but do we need to be so easily falsifiable to encourage someone. There are many things my half-crazy mind can conceive that I can never ever achieve. The same is true of your more sensible mind too.

I am just asking that we do better at engaging brain and mouth.

Rev Clinton Chisholm





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