Serious answers to serious questions

Barbara Gloudon

Friday, June 16, 2017

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SICK to the stomach… Fed up… Can't believe it, can't escape it. The odour of destruction of life, especially women's, is making us gag everywhere… What have our women done to deserve this? What are the mad men trying to prove as they rob women of the precious gift of life? What do men want to gain? Murder of girls, some teenagers, and massacre of even three-year-olds… Count them one by one… Jamaican females… life taken from them, to prove what? We howl in frustration but what can we do? Can one hand clap?

In the name of humanity and decency, shouldn't more of us, as members of the same nation, do what we can to block the slaughter of both genders and try to explain why so many women in particular have become victims at the hands of the wicked? What could three-year-old children have done for such evil to have come upon them? Surely, this is no longer the country we all knew and treasured? Where are the songs of national pride, songs which told the world who we are and why we “so boasie”?

A year ago, I was writing about the gruesome phenomenon of married women in town and country here, whose lives were taken by their spouses, some of whom even took into their own hands the self-inflicted route to their life's end. We breathed a sigh of relief when change came. We never imagined soon after that another epidemic of evil would reassert itself, forcing us to weep once more, shedding so many tears, painful than ever before.

Here we are again, searching once more for explanations, and yet again to which we can find no answer. We can make no sense of it, but we continue trying. Why have so many of our women been robbed of the precious gift of life? How many tears had been shed? So many are numb with sorrow while the evil continues.

A teenager awaiting the birth of a child, fathered by her teenage lover who was eliminated too, alongside the mother and the unborn. It is hard to go on with a tale of such savagery, but go on we must, even if the burden has become far too much to bear. Some of us continue to struggle to make sense of this. Over and over we join in asking the Big Questions and still end up frustrated. I have heard someone say, “Maybe it is because all we do is chat-chat so till and do not hesitate to lay blame on others”.

Once again, as a nation, we are trying to pin down the Devil so that he can be chased out of town, giving us the chance to save our women-folk and children. Is it lack of self-esteem and absence of confidence which have led all to ruin? As for men, there are still many good and true among us and some who need to be taught how to respect women.

Thanks for the men who are kind and wise enough to know that, as the elders could tell them: “One hand cyaan clap.” We, he and she, when together, should remind ourselves that we need the support of each other, even if so many are afraid to make it known. If we can't get the message through to the new generations, then “wi corner going to be dark”, as ancestors said.

Full time now that “the he and the she” are treated as individuals facing danger, but still toiling on. All of us have come to the understanding that the current calls for prosperity and other mantras of ownership, asking man and woman together to come to the realisation that no one should stand alone. All together we must learn that we had better wake up and build together, if we are to find the prosperity we are sure is to be ours!

If we cannot work together, then don't be surprised that the blood will continue to be spilled. It has got to stop! We don't need to tolerate any more waste of life. Let us get real. Save the day and save it now.

Can we help to save each other, women and youths, from teenagers to schoolers, and babies yet unborn? How should we respond to breaking news of their disappearance? Shouldn't it be that we should be co-operating more to help find the solutions? Some of us are not so dumb as to believe that none but ourselves can solve the puzzle. Some believers in miracles insist that this too will pass…but it cannot be done alone. The latest effort by some of us is to question faith in a new breed of police persons. That many are willing to get involved in crime-solving is another story all together.

This being an age of “high-tech”, we are convinced that sooner or later we are going to find some magic medicine to knock the devil out of the game. For now, those who know best are ready to replace “Batman”, who passed on last week. There are those ready to remind us that the crime-catcher on land as well as in the movies was an actor, not cops, who were expected to work miracles by themselves. Some protest the value of this, some give a helping hand, while others argue. Yuh mussi mad!

People who we expect to bring peace to the nation have become tired to the bone. They could not do much about the suffering being inflicted upon man, woman and child by the wicked ones. Everyone waits for the police to have the solution to all the answers we want. What lies ahead? Can they really do it? QUESTION: Then, if we know so much, why aren't we helping them to clean up the mess? So-so chat naw dweet!

Are we delusional enough to believe that the battle has stopped? Wish it were so. Some days we stand ready to weep again, some others, we crumble under the weight. The impression is sometimes given that we have nothing to worry about. That's what is meant by delusion. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the massacre of the innocents was really ended, but no, it is not so easy, it has been said. We need to accept the reality that sometimes the battle never ends.

Let us remind ourselves, that we must struggle on. There are some days when it appears that peace is at hand and then, before we shut eye, the pain begins again. Isn't this what we should be working for once more, for protection of man, woman and pickney alike? Until we all are working together, to save one another, the disturbers of the peace will continue to hurt us. Can we save ourselves, or do we expect that only outsiders can save us? Serious question! What do we really believe? Can we keep trying?

Barbara Gloudon is a journalist, playwright and commentator




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