Tue | Feb 19, 2019

Change yourself before changing others

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

As a 21st-century youth living in a society that is influenced by a plethora of factors, including the media, technology and celebrities of all kinds, I have realised that some individuals have allowed all these factors to dictate who they are and who they are to become.

At one point in my life, I had allowed some of these factors to even hinder me from accomplishing and pursuing my dreams, aspirations and goals, because I thought that being the 'ideal female' meant that I had to 'do what the majority is doing', BUT NOT ANYMORE.

If we are to make a difference in this world, we must first be different, because change leads to change. We cannot say that "we want a better Jamaica and a better world", yet our personal attitudes and morals are unbecoming of a godly and ethical human being. If we are hesitant to change, why ask for change?

Some individuals are parsimonious in their manner, yet they want to see a society where people are generous and kindhearted. I constantly hear persons say "the country nah get better" ad nauseam, but how can the country get better if you, the reader, refuse to improve?

I urge you today to stop blaming the diaspora, and start blaming yourselves, because if you want to see change in your country, or even the world, You must first change.

JODY-ANN TYSON

jodyanntyson@gmail.com