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Youth living a life of entitlement

Dear Sir,

This morning as I sat thinking of the recent killings in the US, it led me to think of the same coloured people here in Bermuda.

In the US they are being shot (murdered) whether from hatred or frustration or a combination of the two.

Yes, it does not look good for the Police but as I think of these issues I have to look as us here in Bermuda.

In reality the coloured people are being killed every day economically and we do not even realise it because we are not alive to the truth of financial economics.

We are so caught up in the false social life which is found in the bars and social clubs and getting our pictures in the news, we are happy and the owner of those places are very happy with your support.

But who cares how you get home or never get home — not the owner nor the bartender who is paid to serve you the drinks.

So you see, we are dead in the financial life while the owner is living high on the hawk from our lack of understanding of the whole picture of economics.

When will we wake up and start to see that we are financially dead while the rest of the people around us are very much alive and we are living in a world of dependence, expecting someone else to support us?

When are we going to realise that we are fast becoming the boat that is drifting down stream without a paddle?

As I sit many times and look back over the past almost 70 years and remember how our founding fathers got by, it really hurts to see so many with so very little and so happy.

Our fathers had a unity of strength that was unbeatable and they were a force to be reckoned with because with very little they became very strong. There was unity in the community.

Today the young people seem to think that as long as they are in the social limelight they have it made.

They live in this world of entitlement, they think their parents owe them and Government owes them when in reality they owe it to themselves to work.

Every crumb that is being offered, they are turning away and the foreigner is taking those crumbs and becoming very stable.

They should realise that employers are looking to bring in people without worker representation.

As Bermudians, you have the power to prevent this. Just apply for work and then apply yourselves to that work.

My mother taught me well about many things in life that gave me a head start.

Her prime thing was for me to work hard and my ethics have given me success and for that, I am thankful.

I know now she rest in peace and we will meet one day. Thanks be to God for her vision and understanding and knowledge.

You have to learn to live life as one would live in the body of Jesus Christ — living to fulfil our needs and not our wants because our wants become greed and it becomes a hole that we will never fill.

I have learnt to fulfil my needs and my needs have shrunk so small it is unbelievable.

For the sake of economic sense, some should stop trying to supply their children with their wants and tend to their own needs.

Invite oneself to raise the child and not let the child raise them.

Sometimes in conversations I hear different stories from parents about their children and how hard they are working because their child or children want this or that.

I just smile because my children did not have that luxury because as parents we supplied their needs and they were very happy with their supplies.

Thanks be to God I have been very blessed.

The further blessing is that I see these values passed onto my grand children.

So just for ourselves, why not try to grow strong in values that will spiral you to a higher level of understanding of the world and not become a part of it before one becomes another dead body of economic strangulation. God Bless you.

ARTHUR HASSELL, Sandys

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Published April 27, 2015 at 1:26 am (Updated April 27, 2015 at 1:26 am)

Youth living a life of entitlement

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