Jamaican cultural values and moral values as they are today compared to how they were in the past. In life, change is constant, whether it’s technology or cultural or moral nothing stays the same. Many people say’s, “how sweet life was back in the days”, then they take out their mobile
phones to make a call. You just can’t have it both ways. Imagine if society put as much emphasis on keeping cultural and moral values high as they do with technological advancement. Would the world be in a better place with less self destruction, less greed and no occupying anything? Well, fortunately and unfortunately, Jamaican cultural and moral values are constantly changing as the demands in society changes. Fortunately, Jamaica is keeping up with the ever changing world to stay competitive, unfortunately in keeping up; some of the cultural and moral values are being left behind.
Jamaican cultural and moral values for generation growing up in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s were held at a higher standard. Many Jamaican children of the 50s, 60s and 70s grew up with their grandparent while their parents went out to work locally on the island or migrating mostly to
the United Kingdom and other parts of the world seeking a better way of life. As a result, early Jamaican children cultural and moral values were tied to 18thcentury philosophies because the children were raised by their grandparents who were still living by their parents
morals. In addition, the phrase, “it takes a village to raise a child” was absolutely true because children were held at a higher standard by adults who reinforce moral values and respect. We can remember our grandparents Mr. Peter Hinds and Mrs. Olive Hinds, living on Lucky Hill Farm in St. Mary, one of the requirements to live on the farm was that couples had to be married.
Jamaican cultural and moral values are a product of the world we live in today. In the 50s, 60s, and most part of the 70s, especially in the country in our opinion, having respect for your elders were the rule. Having respect for your teachers and ministers were the rule and been raised by the village was definitely the rule. However, what was once the rule in Jamaican cultural and moral values are now the exceptions. The cultural and moral standards as we once knew it no longer exists. As times changed and more grandparents needing to work to support their cost of living, so has the gap between cultural and moral values.
Jamaican culture can be divided into two categories in our opinion, as the saying goes, “You are a product of your environment.” People tensed to adapt the ways and thinking of their surrounding which separates the people living in the city versus the country. People have often said, “A city is a city, is a city.” Many people living in New York City and the city of Kingston Jamaica has certain similarities than the people living in the country parts of South Carolina USA and St. Mary, Jamaica. Jamaican cultural and moral values remain very different in the city than they are in the country.
I can certainly appreciate how far Jamaica’s infrastructure has come in the last thirty years but unfortunately the cultural and moral value has gone just as far in the opposite direction. The moral gap between the city and the country are much closer than in the past. The great news is that their will always be people who will continue to teach Jamaican culture and moral values to their children. They will continue to teach respect for others, love thy neighbor as thyself and keep Jamaican culture and moral values alive.