THE EDITOR: As I reflect on Senator Dr Dhanayshar Mahabir’s comments recently on the legalisation of gay rights, abortion and marijuana, these words in the Bible impress strongly on my mind – “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.”
It is true that we live in an age where anything goes and wrong seems right and right seems wrong. Where everything is convoluted into one haphazard whole and those who hold on to some sense of morality are regarded as anomalies.
Yet do we have to follow the patterns and systems of our day and if so at what price? At what price do we accept and legalise everything because it is implemented in some First World countries?
At what price do we take all these things and pour them into our broken country where structures are already falling apart, where families are in disarray and our economy sleeps shakily on the bed of fragility? Can any of these policies truly profit us in any way?
I beg to differ with Mahabir. I truly do not believe that the legalisation of gay rights, abortion and marijuana is going to help rebuild TT in any small fraction. It may only serve to broaden the trajectory of decadence we are on but are fighting to get off of.
In this regard I implore our leaders to be wise as they make decisions on behalf of our country. Yes, everything is permissible, but if we look back through the ages, certainly not all things are beneficial.
BRITTNEY BALFOUR, Sangre Grande