It’s a sad truth about this lovely island that most of our problems are well-known, much analysed, but we’ll short of corrective action.
It doesn’t have to go to major socioeconomic or political issues. It’s there in the little or everyday things.
For the second time in a week, a car has plunged off Flat Bridge; a basic bridge with no side barriers, over a raging river. What could go wrong?
Many accidents, including suicidal ones happen there. Yet, the plain sight problems stare us all in the face and simple solutions are languishing.
Much like Jamaicans don’t know about defensive road behaviour such as warning a reversing driver or not walking behind a reversing vehicle, we’re not much into preventative barriers. Drive on any of our hilly or mountain roads and warnings and barriers for dangerous curves are as visible as pink elephants.
Why do we resist tried and tested life-saving measures?
Simpletons like me have said often that Jamaicans don’t really treasure lives, despite their ready hang ringing. Look across the range of instances that involve lives put at risk. You’ll find a level of negligence that’ll make you shiver.
We’re our own worst enemies.