Part 2: 18 Way Vincentians can do better in 2018
How’s it going with those New Year resolutions? Hopefully all is going well. If not, you can always recommit and try again. You have over 350 days left to get it right. Continue to make the small improvements that will amount to the great changes you had in mind for yourself (and for SVG). If you haven’t read the first 9 ways we can do better in 2018, click here to read Part 1. Here’s the second half of list:
10. Resolve to address our rising crime rate. We all want to feel safe in our country, but when we hear about the increasing number of crimes being committed, it makes it hard for us to rest assured. Let’s look at this issue from different angles, do some research and have the necessary conversations. We have to look at identifying the cause of the offenders’ behavior and figure out what systems we can put in place in terms of prevention. We also have to look at rehabilitation so as to reduce recidivism. A great example of the kind of initiatives we need more of is the social enterprise Grow In Time (Pictured above). They have established a program that helps to rehabilitate inmates through teaching them crafting and agricultural skills and so far all the individuals who have received the training have not committed any further offences and they report a more positive outlook on life.
11. Resolve to empower our young people. The youth truly are the future and since this is the case we need to work on ensuring that our future is in good hands. Hands that have received the support, training and experience they need to achieve success. Our young people (especially those that are educated and innovative) are willing and eager to make an impact but often have little guidance and opportunity to take the reins and help make the contributions and decisions that shape our reality. The United Nations Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon hit the nail on the head with his statement, “When we give young people decent jobs, political weight, negotiating muscle, and real influence in our world, they will create a better future.”
12. Let’s resolve to listen to and promote more music with positive messages. Music is all around us, many would agree with the statement ‘music is life’. We receive messages consciously and unconsciously from the music we listen to. Music has the power to make you feel like you are the happiest man alive like Machel or completely heartbroken like Adele. Therefore, we cannot ignore the effects of music that has lyrics inciting violence and hurtful or ignoble behavior. We cannot dictate each other’s musical taste, but we can make an effort to minimize the play of songs with negative messages (especially on public transportation and on our local radio stations) and maximize the play of songs that keeps us in good spirit, and renew our hope in humanity.
13. We can resolve to adopt an attitude of gratitude. We are known as ‘Hairouna, Land of the blessed’. We are supremely favored. Everything isn’t perfect but we are quite fortunate. When you look at some of the things taking place in other parts of the world; the natural disasters, the wars, the terrorism, it will make you appreciate our island life. We can take our problems in stride and never forget that we have God to thank for our blessings.
14. Resolve to document, appreciate and carry on our traditions. We are responsible for sustaining traditions like Nine mornings and Vincy Mas. We are the ones who can pass down family recipes for Doucana and Tri-Tri cakes. We have to latch on to and appreciate the things that set us apart and make us uniquely Vincy. They represent pieces of our history and are an integral part of our culture.
15. Resolve to promote our best selves in the media. None of us can retract the negative coverage we would have received when the incident of tourists witnessing local fishermen killing Orca whales took place. However, with so many media outlets and the internet at our fingertips, we have the power to showcase all the wonderful elements of life here in SVG. There’s more to us than those unpleasant headlines. We live in paradise; there are breath-taking scenes to explore, talented artists to see, unique traditions to take part in and innovative ideas to delve into. Let’s each do our part to fill the media with representations of St. Vincent we can all be proud of.
16. Resolve to fact check before you share or act. We all like to be in the know when it comes to our current affairs. It is actually vital for us to keep up with certain stories in the news so that we can make informed decisions. However, too often these days, unconfirmed or speculated information is passed on as though it is proven and factual. This creates unnecessary controversy sometimes having long-lasting or irreparable effects. Therefore, before you call in on the radio shows to share “what does get yuh vex”, make a provocative Facebook post or share some ‘news’ with your Whatsapp contacts, please try to ensure that the information you are sharing is true.
17. Let resolve to unplug. We spend a tremendous amount of time on our gadgets and devices and there’s a time and place for it. However we have to try to create a balance as it relates to how we spend our time. There’s so much to do and experience besides what we find online (did I mention we live in paradise). Let’s do a little less scrolling and lot more exploring, socializing, really engaging with our friends and family and let’s make a conscious effort to give the gadgets a rest.
The final resolution is up to you! Tell us in the comments what resolution you would add to complete our list of 18 ways Vincentians can do better in 2018.
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