As we leave the last few hours of 2012 and enter into the new years, as a society there are moments that we will look back on with elation and those that is still heart-rending.

A series of events we will remember in 2012

The UK 2012 Olympics and the joys that it gave us, the unity and affinity that we felt for both our athletes and those that represent several countries.  The overwhelming pride and joy that Usain Bolt gave to Jamaica and Jamaicans as a whole, with his performance on the track.

Connecticut school shooting that left six adults and twenty children dead and the outrage that follow, people unable to believe that yet another number of school children were massacred in this way.

A young Indian woman that lost her life after being assaulted and beaten.  A young student with everything to live for, her life was taken by what we can only describe as the worst kind of evil that we encounter.

The continuing deaths of NATO personnel in Afghanistan and the ongoing suicide bomb attacks that still plague both Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Israeli and Palestinian face off, and the fact that the Syrian civil uprising is still taking the lives of many and taking a toll on especially the children within that society.

There are so many things that cause us concerns in 2012 and as a society we have to make a concerted effort to ensure that we can return our a planet to a cohesive way of life and at least try to prevent the kind of disaster that we have seen in 2012.

Firstly, we have to protect our children from the insane behavior of those that are capable of getting their hands on semi-automatic weapons and using them indiscriminately against the innocent and the defenseless.

We have to, as human beings start to respect the rights of others and it does not matter whether they are Christians, Muslims, Gays, Lesbians or Atheist, individuals have a right to practice what they believe so long as it does not cause harm or injury to others and if we respect the rights of each other then we are half-way to a better society.

There is no doubt that we have to also defend the weak, prevent those sections of society that is hell-bent on destroying our way of life, those that insist on causing chaos and mayhem within our communities and for that we hope the security service everywhere will be vigilant in tackling the undesirable within our society.

My hopes and dreams for 2013 is to see an end to the violence in Syria, to see individuals sitting at the negotiating table if and when there are circumstances of disagreement, an end to poverty within the poorest nations in the world and most of all a world that can live in peace and harmony with its fellow man.

 

By Sandrea: MY Opinion

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