Former politician, Marigot resident Richard Charles has suggested that the loss of spiritual values and the worship of money and material possessions are contributing factors to the surge of violent crime in Dominican communities.
He made that observation at a cabinet-organized forum in Marigot on crime and violence, contending that values that existed before have been lost.
“Some of us have set ourselves for the dollar and material things and these are the areas that we are gravitating towards,” Charles, a former banana industry official, said, adding that current behavioral patterns were causing many people to lose their moral integrity.
“We lose all principle and we just go out to “bling” or to get certain things no matter what the cost. Whether we prostitute ourselves or we kill our neighbour’s child with drugs or whatever we do once we make the dollar that is what is important to some of us, ” he said.
He wants adults to set a better example for today’s youth.
“Some adults in society always beat up on the young people but the youth can only relate to what they see. When a child misbehaves in school and it’s brought to the parents’ attention, sometimes the way the parents respond is questionable, there are some parents who go to the school to fight with teachers and students”.
Charles is suggesting that parents carefully examine the manner in which they respond to conflicts.
He is also concerned that “Our behavior in society now is to bring down people, beat up on people there is no love”.
Over the past few months the Government of Dominica has embarked on a number of forums geared at getting to the root causes of crime in Dominica, in a bid to stem growing violent crime on the island.
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