Editorial comment – Compassion, respect and consideration

A police officer controls the long traffic at the Laqere checkpoint in Nasinu on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

It seems no matter what our predicament is as a nation, there are Fijians who will continue to buck the rules.

They will push the boundaries and disregard good advice.

It seems as if they are not at all concerned about how other Fijians are faring.

In fact they do not care at all.

In as far as the COVID-19 virus is concerned, they do not care what happens.

They do not care whether their dangerous behaviour is contributing to prolonging lockdowns in some areas.

In fact, if they are able to gather for a kava session, they will go ahead and be there, even within a lockdown area.

This is the shocking reality of our lives right now.

Some Fijians are still disregarding the law.

Some are walking in and out of marked lockdown areas.

Now, you may wonder what the police are doing.

But this isn’t just a responsibility that should fall on our police officers.

It must fall right back on our shoulders.

There is no escaping the fact that we must take ownership of this war against the virus.

We must do the right thing!

Our permanent secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong continues to offer good advice.

He has been telling us what to do and what not to do.

He has been giving us a breakdown of numbers, and the fact is right there before our eyes.

The numbers continue to rise daily.

Yet, even in the face of that rise which actually concerns the majority of the population, there are some Fijians who choose to live dangerously.

We wonder what is on their minds.

We keep raising the issue of poverty.

We have been discussing the issue of people struggling to put food on the table.

Understandably this isn’t news some people want to read about daily.

We realise that some people do not want to constantly be bombarded by gloomy news.

But this is the harsh reality of our lives right now.

Whether we like it or not, thousands of people are unemployed.

Remember many have been unemployed since last year.

They are suffering.

Their loved ones are suffering.

They do not know what the future holds for them.

But they want some semblance of order.

They want the lockdowns to just go away and life to return to some form of normality.

We all know that’s never going to happen any time soon.

In fact we should be adapting to living the new normal.

Yet in the face of all this, there are some Fijians who are inconsiderate and place their wants ahead of the needs of our nation.

We accept that we all differ in how we view life.

But surely, there must be some room for compassion, respect and consideration for others!

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