Murder and Mayhem : The X6 Culture
Since the brutal and senseless murder of young Khajeel Mais, I’ve been reading comments from various factions in the society. While there seems to have been a general expression of shock and disgust, I didn’t get the feeling that the murder had caused enough alarm. That is, I didn’t feel that our collective conscience had been offended as it should have been. Further, I didn’t feel that we understood that quite literally that could have been any of us. We could have been in that taxi and some materialistic psychopath could have ended our life.
Perhaps I shouldn’t try to make sense of what clearly is a senseless act, but I was so shocked and appalled that someone could act so recklessly and with such wanton disregard for life; I had to try to make sense of it. If I didn’t, I would have left myself to assume that Jamaica had fallen so deep into this murderous cycle that we were now just killing for sport. I had to find justification, anything else would be terrifying. So I decided to blame it on our materialistic culture.
The X6 Culture.
Yes, I believe Jamaica has a X6 culture. What do I mean by that? We have reached a place where life is no longer important; a materialistic place. That scratched X6 personifies this culture. It has come to personify our greed, our cruelty and our wickedness. We have come to a point where we genuinely believe that our material possessions are worth more than human life. And I’m sorry, but that is the mark of a depraved culture. It is the mark of a people that has lost all sense of humanity.
We are murdering children for cell phones:
We are kidnapping children for ransoms:
Kidnapping and slaughtering the elderly for their life savings:
If His Worship, The Mayor of Kingston, Desmond McKenzie, is to be taken seriously; we are even desecrating graves. We are stealing from the dead:
This is the value we place on the material and insignificant. Yes. Insignificant. No matter how hard you worked for whatever you acquired, a human life has to have more value! It just has to. That little boy had his whole life ahead of him, he did nothing but take a cab. In a civil and humane society, one should feel comfortable doing that without fearing that some reckless madman will open fire killing you. Oh right, but Jamaica isn’t a civil or humane society. We are a depraved people. If human life means nothing, then there can be no society or community. Murder is now fashionable.
Murder & Mayhem.
Perhaps the thing about this whole affair that upsets me most is the incompetence in our crime fighting abilities. Why doesn’t this country have some kind of vehicle database? Or do we? In a country where motor vehicles are used in furtherance of so many crimes, it is inconceivable to me that we do not have such a database. The police admitted that few X6’s exist in Jamaica, having such a database would have made it easier to track all those who may have imported such a vehicle into the country.
The police had to go on a wild goose chase and rely on the occasional broadcast message every time a X5, then readjusted to X6, was spotted. The investigation was largely left at the coorperation of the public and justice for Khajeel rested heavily on a public that simply didn’t seem to care enough. It was certain mayhem. What’s worse is the fact that those who perhaps had information, were content to protect this man. I don’t mean to bash the police, they have made significant strides; but so much more needs to be done. It shouldn’t have taken so long for us to apprehend this man.
We need to begin to seriously think about our priorities as a people. We need to start seriously evaluating this X6 culture. What is more important? A human life or a X6? This is something we seriously need to think about.
R.I.P. Khajeel Mais. It is my sincere hope that this country will do right by you and justice will be done.
“The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.” – John Conrad