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The Disillusionment of Paradise - Jamaica

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The Disillusionment of Paradise Jamaica is known as an island of paradise for many individuals around the world. The culture is rich with its long white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue water as far as the eyes can see, palm trees blowing in the crisp breeze, Duns River falls, and the birth place of reggae music. Often times when the illusion of perfection is removed from a situation, clarity is identified. In reality, to the vast majority of its natives, Jamaica is a country plagued with corruption and an unprecedented wave of violent crimes (Kovaleski, 1999). It is of my opinion that the increased and continual violence that occurs is a direct result of political corruption and poverty. ...read more.


My 26 years of living on the island leads me to recognize poverty as another primary cause of violence. I have witnessed many people from impoverished neighborhoods steal and commit crimes in order to survive on a daily basis. In their minds it is not a question about right or wrong but a matter of survival by any means necessary, due to fact that work is scarce and wages don't reflect the cost of living. Furthermore, with no education and desperation looming, the only option left for many is a life of crime and gang activities (Wiggins, 2005). Youngsters who grew up in middle class neighborhoods were considered to be very fortunate. Nevertheless, holding the status of middle- class did not shield my family or me from the daily violence that plagues the streets of Jamaica. ...read more.


Tourists, for example, more often than not enjoy the island's luxuries without participating in its political or economic systems. Visitors only experience the island created by the hoteliers; hence their ignorance or unfamiliarity with the severe crime rates. If you ever come to Jamaica or any tourist resort, be aware of the surroundings. It is important to note that civil unrest can show up at any time and you need to be ready. Crime in fact is everywhere; however in poverty prone countries, theft, murder, kidnapping, or the any means necessary to survive attitude are heightened. Although fear is not the objective, individuals must have an understanding of the realities of a nation. "The disillusionment is the process of the removal of an illusion from the human mind." When ignorance is removed, the feeling of empowerment evolves. Hence the old adage, "knowledge is key. ...read more.

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