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25 August 2011

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I hope that the people of PNG who participated in Repentance Day now feel stronger in their fight for good living, honesty, truth and transparency in government.

I feel they are very fortunate to be living in a democratic country. Recently many countries have been fighting to rid themselves of dictators.

The Sydney Morning Herald this morning records all the trouble in Fiji under a military dictatorship.

The Methodist Church has been banned for three years in a row about its annual conference.

After Bainimarama took power in a coup in December 2006, and ousted the democratically elected prime minister Laisenia Qarase, the constitution has been suspended, opponents arrested and beaten and media freedom restricted.

Secret US embassy cables leaked by Wikileaks confirm that violence and intimidation have been at the heart of the Bainimarama military rule.

There have been numerous human rights abuses such as arbitrary detention of human rights activists, senior police and civil servants, trade unionists, lawyers and journalists.

Soldiers attempted to force the 80-year old former head of the Methodist Church, the Rev Josateki Koroi, to attend a meeting at the Queen Victoria Barracks but he refused saying...."shoot me and you carry my dead body to the camp to show to the commander".

I hope and pray that PNG will continue to do everything it can to make democracy work and not fall into the trap of allowing a dictator to take over.

Maybe they should rename the new public holiday "Sori De".

That way all those miscreants who caused the present dilemmas in PNG could get up and make apologies for their past sins and omissions and then outline what they intend doing to repair the damage they caused in the first place.

Rather this than the believed anticipation that such repentances through prayer would thus prevent the gods extracting vengeance emanating from possible lightning bolts descending from the heavens.

I'd like to share this poem with readers of PNG Attitude.

Chitto jetha bhayashunyo
‘Where the mind is without fear’

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever widening thought and action;
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Nobel Prize for Literature 1913

The entire nation needed a day upon which to reflect? I thought that happened on Independence Day.

Is this just another outrageous excuse for laziness? I don't think I've ever heard anything more ludicrous than a day set aside for national repentance.

I will think about repenting when I hear our politicians in public repent on their sins, which are far more abundant than mine.

I expect to hear Hon Peter O'Neill repent for the NPF scandal some years back. If he doesn't, then I know this entire exercise is another Peter O'Neill scam.

Thank you Ganjiki. This is my message for today.

I am a Papua New Guinean and I am this nation so I have to change my way of thinking before change can happen in this nation.

I like how you put it as 'reflection precedes repentance', that's very true.

I will do exactly that because I don't want to remain the way I used to be, I want to make a personal change forever.

Thank you, I am encouraged.

I like your thinking, Ganjiki. There's a lot of bad karma going on in PNG.

As Lord Buddha said: 'The mind is the key to changing the nature of experience'.

We can all do, and be, better.

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