Denial is not just a river in Africa get it Di Nile, lol! Ok, it’s a corny joke but one intended to lighten the horror of Jamaica’s denialism. Author Michael Spector defines denialism as “denial writ large—when an entire segment of society, often struggling with the trauma of change, turns away from reality in favor of a more comfortable lie.” Denialism describes this rejection of fact-based reality in 6 different areas related to health and medicine, beginning with the mistrust of pharmaceutical companies and their products. He also examines the dismissal of racial differences in medical research, the organic food movement as a form of denialism, and the obsession with vitamins and complementary alternative medicine despite evidence that these modalities do not work or may even be harmful. He ends with a look to the future: the creation of life itself and why we must overcome denialism and embrace change to continue advancing as a society or risk the survival of our species.
Jamaica has a serious problem. Every year the islanders celebrate their “independence” all across the Diaspora with revelry, drunken stupors, and politically driven free events. Yet, the island is still under British rule and has to answer to the House of Windsor. Denial can cause mental illness and it’s dangerous to not only the citizens of Jamaica but also the planet. When is a person’s inability to see that there is a mental illness or any psychological concern in the continuation of this folly it sends the country spiraling into more unspoken trauma and despair?
For more information on why we think Jamaica is NOT independent, read our article here: