Wednesday, November 15, 2006

No One Untouched

I had a dilemma.



I am attending a wedding on Saturday in Montego Bay, the wonderful second city where I attended high school, and i have a beautiful outfit in black and white that i am planning to wear. I however mentioned it to my mother and she was mortified about my choice of colours. I then polled the opinions of my friends and the people on a message board that i frequent. Thank god the consensus is that i can happily and comfortably wear my black and white outfit to the wedding. Hopefully the bride wont be upset, or think that i am trying to upstage her (why would this even enter one's mind?), but what i am sure of is that if i do get Mr. 1600 miles to the altar, i really don't care what you wear. (J/k Mr. 1600)



Unfortunately one of the first person's i spoke to sounded rather upset on the phone and i commented on this. She then told me that she had lost a close family member the night before in a much publicized triple murder in Montego Bay. I barely had words to say. I imagined myself in her shoes, i commiserated, i grieved! She indicated that she would be heading to Mobay for the weekend, same as myself. Two friends heading to the second city, but while i would be celebrating a new beginning, she would be mourning a life lost.



I then realized that whether its someone you know, or someone related to someone you know, the majority of us are impacted sooner or later by this war that rages across our shores.



Will it ever stop?



Can we stop it?



How many more lives to be lost?

















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7 comments:

SimplEnigma said...

1. In the scheme of things, what you wear to a wedding shouldn't matter. However, there are some Bridezillas out there that will make it an issue.
I'm with you on the whole "doesn't matter" philosophy.

Not an advocate of war, but isn't it part of life...seems like there's always a war going on - the only thing that changes is the number of casualties. :(

Enchantress said...

War...what a vicious cycle.

Kara - Jamaican Woman said...

i saw the groom to be today and i posed the question and he said she is fine with it...another of his friends plan to wear white and she has absolutely no problem...i knew she was a good girl!!!

War is not supposed to be a part of life, disagreements and arbitration yes, but not war...plus i am not sure that they even know what they fighting for...

we cant even use the sumpin mus inna sumpin line of reasoning again, cos nowadays is like u just haffi look pon a man too hard...what kind of life is that?

Leon said...

Interesting. How come I've never seen your blog before? You are cordially invited to my blogoversary celebration.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

You have a wonderful blog here, Kara; glad to have dropped in.

SimplEnigma said...

Kara said: "War is not supposed to be a part of life..."

Ah, but it is...no matter what approach you take:

If you take the religious approach, from the inception of life (Adam & Eve) the forces of good and evil were at war.

If you take the evolutional approach, the fittest can only survive through fighting...

The difficult choices we make in life are made only after some war or fighting within ourselves...

I know, a bit philosophical, but I can't imagine a world without war - even in the philosophical sense.

Mad Bull said...

Interesting blog post. The violence must touch you somehow, because there is so much of it. It is quite sad, really, because Jamaica has lots going for it otherwise...