… and I love you, Jamaica.

Dear Jamaica,

Sorry to say so on a day of such grand jubilation, but I think our main developmental challenge lies within the fact that we are too independent (or believe we are) of each other.

It grieves me that we do not all seem willing to understand or accept our fellow countrymen’s differences of opinion and lifestyle. We are well beyond slavery according to the calendar, but division still blatantly exists; not only between rich and poor or among black and white and ‘coolie’ or literate and illiterate. It disgusts me to see the little things for which we can hold our brothers and sisters in contempt – things that don’t matter in the end.

Whether you prefer to celebrate today by being entertained at the National Stadium, having an Old Tom and tonic in the comfort of your living room, partying like it’s 1999 or basking in a good summer read at the beach, I love you, I need you and we’re gonna have to do this together. Dunce or bright, slim or fat, have or not.

Sincerely,
Karee

P.S. (micro rant from iPhone) let’s urgently get over it and deal with the bigger problems. We don’t want to end up like Haiti or, God forbid, Zimbabwe. Again, I love you.

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