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Great article! But, while it is important for parents to socialize their children to become productive members of society; the State serving as another authority figure must not fail in the execution of its duties to provide funding streams that are geared towards family strengthening efforts, effective social and crime fighting programs(not CAPS). It should be obvious in the minds of the public now that the police, which is often used as a scapegoat for the incompetencies of the govt can only suppress crime not prevent it. The masses need to mobilize their efforts to speak out fearlessly against any administration that constantly fails families, and youth. The church has engaged in much cowardice as well in reaching out to disadvantaged communities where at-risk families and their children reside to give them hope, and to help on an as needed basis. The author mention that if the experts are out there they should help. Well, well one crime expert attempted to provide assistance only to be meted with a non-response from Key ministers in the UWP. Now tell me are those guys serious about crime fighting or are they really hiding something?
At this stage ... it seems we, the people, might have to turn to vigilante-ism to protect ourselves, and our livlihoods.Now, it seems we shall have to resort to forming neighbourhood watches, take up self defence [against the gun? ... yes *sigh*], and probably THINK like the criminal we may face one day, and hope for survival of the fittest. By the way people, there is the physical fight, and the psychological fight ... the psychological fight usually wins ... like telling the big bad bully, who maliciously, just drank your drink, that he just drank the poison you set out to kill yourself with ...
Mental health disorders have an impact on Saint Lucian society that are felt by young people in a very subdue manner. Early intervention and health promotion, addressing stigma, and the needs of youth, and young people are good starting points; Likewise social, economic and development policy. http://www.thevoiceslu.com/let_and_op/2010/october/26_10_10/An_Engaged_People.htm
You make them sound like saints. St Lucian people modie. They have limyerre on their heads. They are viay negg. They are buwohs. They need prayers, layvenn and pilgrimages.
This situation is even worse! Throughout the Caribbean, many of these sociopaths are also psychopaths - PSYCHOPATHS DO NOT HAVE A CONSCIENCE, i.e., they possess no feelings for others; this is precisely why they can kill so easily - they feel absolutely nothing for their victims. As a society, we must study this problem right away to try to understand why this has happened. My own belief is that at some very early stage in their childhood development, these mentally disturbed individuals learned to hate themselves: someone or something did this to them! In other words, as infants, they did not do this to themselves alone. Their environment - family and society - IS ALSO TO BLAME. Assuredly, unless the real cause for this problem is addressed immediately, we can expect even worse things to come!
When you beat and humiliate children on a regular basis you are emotionally abusing them, a product of emotional abuse is a child then youth who has no empathy towards anyone so killing someone does not even register with them. We need to start tackling this problem by looking after our little children who go home to that sort of abuse, early intervention is the key to a healthy society, this could start in school.
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