New Year’s Message from the President of the Sint Maarten Youth Parliament

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Recapping 2015, we can see that this year brought some serious lows not just to Sint Maarten as a nation, but the entire world itself. As I wish everyone a successful and generous 2016, I want to leave 2015 by sharing a piece that I wrotecalled "The man needs to understand."

“Hate, jealously, pride and greed, are just few examples that got this world we live in going crazy. 
Between the continuous wars in the Middle East, to the rise of racism and discrimination, to the increasing levels of crime in our communities, things need to change.
These things cannot be changed with a snap of a finger, but it starts from within the man himself.
The man himself needs to look at himself in the mirror and realize his purpose as a being. How he as an individual can impact and better the world.
The man himself needs to educate himself with all the pros and cons of power, pride and greed and stop hiding all factual and vital information from those who need to know.
The man needs to understand that even though our skin colour is different, that doesn't mean we are different. The man needs to understand that yes after many years of oppression, it doesn't give him the excuse to continue in a life of poverty and crime.
The man needs to understand that education is vital for me, you, the girl down the road and the boy across the street. The man needs to understand that to be able to survive, one should be able to earn what they deserve for their labour.
The man needs to understand that they need to stand for their rights. The man needs to understand that they need to fight for that longing peace and security. The man needs to understand that yes, as humans we all matter, but don't let that take the shine off the great epidemics that are intoxicating our minds.
The man needs to understand that using one's religious belief to create havoc, is plain out wrong. The man needs to understand that even if your God, Allah or whichever holy being tells you to do it, forcing one to believe your ways by execution needs to be reprimanded.
At the end, the man needs to understand that emotions can make a man a wicked man. Using and abusing legislative power just to prove you are worthy enough is not acceptable.
The man needs to understand, to be able to survive, he needs to purify. The man needs to understand that things are just not as easy as 123.
The man needs to understand, if he really wants peace, he needs to start with himself.”

On behalf of the Sint Maarten Youth Parliament, we wish you a glorious 2016 and may God’s blessings and peace be with you.

President of Sint Maarten Youth Parliament

Kamilah S.N. Gumbs

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0 #1 Robin di Nucci 2016-01-03 13:05
Well said and wise words. The future is yours so take care of it. SXM will benefit from leadership such as yours.
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