Freedom comes with responsibilities

I read with special interest the letter in the Compass The value of freedom on Tuesday, 14 June.

In my life I have worked and resided for short times in two countries where law and order, through political and social conditions, broke down.

Living in such countries, where the safety of one’s wife and children, let alone my personal safety, was at stake, was a nightmare.

Young people living in the Cayman Islands cannot imagine – until they face such a situation – how terrible matters can thus become.

There is an obligation for parents – whether in married, single-parent or partner relationships – to raise children in the home to respect at all times their parents, other Caymanians and those with authority over them, and in their adolescent years to conform to acceptable social norms. This, ultimately, is for their own benefit as well as that of Cayman society.

Drugs, firearms and ecological irresponsibility must not become characteristics of the society of these islands.

Unless our young people are inculcated with what some ‘modern persons’ would call ‘old-fashioned values’, the disintegration of society into lawlessness is only a step away. If freedom is to be won, a long, hard task lies ahead: Freedom comes with responsibilities.

As supporters and bastions of Caymanian society, the RCIP is on society’s frontlines, and reflects what we want our society to be. If the vigilance of police is dropped, even a fraction, lawlessness can take over swiftly.

Let us wholeheartedly support the force’s every effort to enable Cayman to retain, as Mr. G. J. Roper said, ‘the precious and priceless value of freedom’, won and retained by sacrifice in the past, and hope that freedom on these beautiful isles will become better than it already is as we emerge from Hurricane Ivan and its aftermath.

The freedom and beauty of these isles were the major reasons, after many years association with Grand Cayman and living here from time to time since 1980, that I chose these islands as my retirement home.

Brian L. Kieran

A concerned Caymanian