An excellent, and succinct, view from Emma. 🙂

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Oh, how Jamaicans love this word! To be excellent is to be better than the best. We all strive for it with all our might. Or we are supposed to, anyway.

We have schools, health care centers, even churches of excellence, but the word most often applies to individuals. We give out many awards for excellence, as if there is some yardstick or measure.

The Order of National Hero. Of course you won't see anyone wearing it, since they are all deceased. The Order of National Hero. Of course you won’t see anyone wearing it, since they are all deceased.

Who could be more excellent than our National Heroes? They are called “The Rt Excellent.” The motto of the Order is “He built a city which hath foundations.” (Not “she” – but Nanny..?)

Did you know there is an Order of Excellence, conferred on foreign heads of state? Only two have received it: former South African President Thabo Mbeki (2003) and King Juan Carlos of Spain (2009). Personally, I…

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