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For centuries, even before its independence, Jamaica has been tormented by two consistent plagues; one of nature and the other of acumen.

As a child, growing up on this renowned island was not always sunshine and white sand beaches, for me, I was not there for Spring breaks nor Summer vacations; I was there every day, every month and every year, benefiting first-hand experiences of day to day activities and the people, which eventually summed up to being a Jamaican.

Therefore, tropical storms and hurricanes are no surprise to me. Jamaica has long accepted Mother Nature’s annual visits, and in anticipation of her yearly presence, architects have done their best in designing and redesigning structures; sometimes to great successes and other times not.

If there is anything to know about Mother Nature, it would be that she is unpredictable; a fact proven in May of 2017 when two-thirds of Jamaica was submerged under water.

Heavy rains and floods amounting to as much as ten feet of water, in some areas, damaged almost everything in their paths, but most disheartening, left many people homeless.

And although I did not acquire the information first-hand nor by being in close proximity, news and footage posted on social media’s live feeds, pretty much gave me a vivid overview from a secondary seating perspective.

I watched in horror as vehicles occupied with people were besieged by water, causing narrow escapes and near death frights. Informative commentaries echoed as narratives of the unfolding events, varying in tune, at times, and it was not long before I was forced to watch in criticism as oblivious attitudes blended in with important information of a national emergency.

Overwhelmed with disgust, I witnessed mockeries and laughter, coming from onlookers, as chosen reactions to one driver’s reckless decision which almost took the lives of his passengers.

Another post was in transparency of Jamaica’s second plaque, ignorance, as many Jamaicans blamed local politicians for the floods and held them responsible for their losses.

While, in an effort to educate, one politician explained that it was merely an act of nature. He further clarified that gutters, gullies and waterways were fully maintained and it was an inadequate infrastructure, made for a lesser anticipated flow of water, which caused the slow reduction.

Tragedies, as usual, created an opportunity and opportunities have never failed to show the meagre moral standards of men, so it was no surprise that amidst the crisis of a national emergency, the opposition party saw it as a prospect to discredit the ruling government; an act which continues to influence the lesser educated to mimic.

Intelligence is a valuable commodity as much as ignorance is. Shared intelligence offers benefits to a whole country and equal opportunities to gain wealth, while the distribution of ignorance does not benefit a whole country, but only allow wealth to be accumulated by its distributors.

There are a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong with Jamaica, and although no country will ever get it all right, there is always room for growth and improvements

It is being encouraged, by me, that the Jamaican government stresses the importance of Adult Education, in Jamaica, and put in place another system similarly to that of JAMAL which seeks to educate the old as equal as the young, because illiteracy is an obvious crippling factor against Jamaica’s growth.

In addition, integrate swimming and make it a mandatory academic activity; shamefully, most Jamaicans are non-swimmers.

Jamaicans must realize that a government system is not to be considered similarly to the expectancy of their parents; government is merely a management department of a country and similarly to managements of companies, their purposes are to provide certain operations of interest, while each citizen, like employees, must pull their own weight.

Politicians are assumed to be among the brightest minds of Jamaica, and in order to maintain that supposed perspective, it is being advised that they must know when to put their personal interest aside and put the interest of the Jamaican people first.

In such a state of emergency, the real opportunity was for the non-ruling party to band together with the ruling party and show the Jamaican people that whenever their country is threatened, by any force, it is relevant to retire all made-up divides and demonstrate, to the world, that we are not JLP nor PNP, neither high class or low class, but that we are Jamaicans.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2017

© Ian T. Sebàs