Apr 21, 2014 Letters Comments Off on This negativism can help to entrench the aberrations in our country
I would like to thank M. Maxwell for his appreciation of my submission on the causes of the racist mentality that pervades our society, and for offering my suggestion for a lasting resolution of this national problem.
However, I am peeved that he follows the customary attitude of most of the letter-writers to our newspapers and, more unfortunately, of certain sections of the media, in that they tend to be extremist critics of whatever they see as amiss, without ever trying to suggest what can be instrumental in the eradication of the problem.
This negativism can do nothing more than help to entrench the aberrations in our country, as the average citizen accepts them as the norm and become more and more incapable to lifting their own attitudes, or even to envisage any improvement of the situation.
We Guyanese are familiar with the saying that has been handed down by our ancestors, who must have possessed a more positive approach to dealing with their community problems:”If you know better, do better”. I would like to posit here that we, who believe that we have something to contribute to our advancement, need to follow their example and not be satisfied with just denigration of others, but even appreciate that we have an obligation, whenever we point out some flaw in our national affairs, to offer a solution to improve the situation.
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