Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Does Comfort Lead to Inaction?

Tweeting about the PNP Conference the other day, it suddenly struck me that I was more mouth than action. For years all I have been doing is saying what is wrong with our country, our leadership, our schools etc. and I have been doing nothing. It got me thinking. Why am I not acting? Why am I only speaking. The other day when having a conversation with my  daughter I told her "mouth mek to talk", a Jamaican saying which means the mouth can say anything however whether or not it is acted on is a different matter. I realize I am just talking, and what good will that do? All talk and no action will definitely lead nowhere and certainly defend the status quo. Am I that selfish?

So why am I not acting? I am too comfortable. I am not hungry. I can go to the supermarket whenever I choose and buy whatever I choose. OK, so I cannot take that family vacation every year, however my mortgage is being paid every month. Therein lies my complacency, I am not in need.

I wonder if this is the same reason why our Leaders are only speaking. Why limited action has taken place in this beautiful country of ours. A country that has fallen into disrepair with uncollected garbage, lack of drugs in our hospitals, a school system that is turning out illiterate people, minimal manufacturing to drive economic growth.  We are promised every election period of things that will be done to turn our economy around, provide growth and jobs yet they never materialize. What are they waiting on? Are they defending the status quo? Are they also too comfortable? Isn't it their job to put things in place for the proper running of the country? Isn't that why we, the people, voted them in? Or did we vote in 'our' party just so that we can continue to be comfortable?

So I challenge the following:
  • I challenge the current administration to forego the comfort and do what needs to be done to get Jamaica out of this quagmire,
  • I challenge the opposition to get their act together so as to provide a credible alternative so that we  may hold the current leadership accountable,
  • I challenge the Jamaican people to think about the collective whole, and see how providing for the whole will benefit the individual,
  • But most of all I challenge myself to stop talking and start acting.
I truly hope this blog will be the beginning of that action. More to come.

"Action, Not A Bag A Mouth!"

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