Letters & Opinion

Have We Sold our Hearts to the Devil for a Few Dollars More?

“While we build castles in the sky and propose development to impress the rest of the world and satisfy the egos of the ones responsible for creating this new development thrust, we neglect a sector of our society like they do not matter and should remain insignificant.”

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By Carlton Ishmael

IT bothers me when I see how much life has changed for so many people over the years.

Mind you, I have always known that poverty exists, but based on what I see today, especially in the City of Castries, it makes me wonder if I am the only one noticing, or if people choose not to see or talk or discuss the growing number of people sleeping by the roadside and the many who eat from rubbish bins.

There is a saying ‘What you sow is what you reap’, but I wonder if this widespread poverty is self-inflicted, or if living conditions in this country have worsened. If so be the case, the image we now display to the international world is that we don’t care about the living conditions of some of our people.

While we build castles in the sky and propose development to impress the rest of the world and satisfy the egos of the ones responsible for creating this new development thrust, we neglect a sector of our society like they do not matter and should remain insignificant.

It makes me wonder if we have souls, or if we have horse-like blinkers on, or if we are wearing what George Odlum called ‘Wooden Goggles’ and therefore do not see the need to assist the needy.

I often remember the biblical quotation that refers to the caring and feeding of the poor and considering that we are supposed to be a Christian society, I wonder if we remember that part of the scripture.

There are many social needs and poverty is a reality, but to neglect people in need, or pretend that such people don’t exist makes me wonder how we have become and if we have all sold our hearts to the devil, for a few dollars more.

If there really is a Judgement Day, I wonder how some of you (not ‘us’) will be judged for the many deeds you ignore. There is a God and he sees and knows all things, but those who choose to exist without the presence of good in their hearts, woe be unto them.

I am not holy, but again I quote, ‘What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul?’

Mankind is not in control and wealth without the spiritual growth that is from Heaven will have negative implications for our children and the future of this country.

We must redirect our values; we have to look, see and act. We cannot continue to pretend that life is a bed of roses. We will not prosper if we only seek material over spiritual gains. We are all God’s creation and should be our brothers’ keepers, as failing to care about our fellow man will not cut it and those who don’t take heed will one day each discover the fools they have become.

Good deeds should be a practice and caring should be a way of life. A country is determined by its people and every single one should count. Love should not be superficial.

The good things we do live after death and the government must remember people before material. If not, all that they build will crumble, just like cities and nations of the past.

History should be our tutor and guide, and the rest should be left for God. But first we must care more for each other right here on Earth before seeking a place in the Holy Land up there.

1 Comment

  1. Carlton, it needs be if possible, that Castles be built up sky, for there’s lots of room up there.
    Since you like to quote the Bible I’m sure you will remember what the Master once said about
    the ones like you and I, Matt: 5: 3.Blessed are the poor. Carl, you have a good heart and the Master
    will reward you for your observations but advise the poor to drink less and find a place to sleep indoors.

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