Guyanese society is experiencing moral decay

Dear Editor,

It is sad and of serious concern that Guyanese society is experiencing moral decay.  The behaviour displayed by many Guyanese has drifted far from the norm and is skewed towards severe dysfunction. For example, many Guyanese are not hesitant to show a lack of consideration for each other, thus resulting in abuse, be it domestic or child abuse or any other form.  A main factor causing this behavioural dysfunction is a lack of education.  As a nation, we place low emphasis on educating our citizens regarding social interaction and our psychological well-being, thus resulting in moral decay. Certainly, the individual and society will experience detrimental consequences when there is a high rate of dysfunction. Where the individual is concerned, dysfunction causes stress, emotional abuse, substance abuse, suicide, mental health issues and a lower life expectancy.  At the level of society as a whole, dysfunction causes it to decay, impairs economic growth and prosperity, and burdens social resources. In essence, dysfunction is a recipe for failure and hinders a progressive society.

As a culture, we need to immediately educate our citizens during early childhood.  Early childhood is a critical period of development during which time the superego develops.  The superego controls moral behaviour and is moulded early in life. Therefore, education begins from the home and as well as from the community. Good parenting and positive community involvement will eliminate dysfunction in Guyanese society.

Yours faithfully,
Annie Baliram

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