WE ARE NOT BORN EQUAL; not in mind; not in body! This is evident from the providers of content in this blog.
For example, poetry leaves me cold even though I love to read: facts for my education and fiction to get away from Wau for a short break.
Prose can lead me to laughter or tears; facts satisfy a need for knowledge; fiction takes the place of the holiday I rarely take.
Try and train as you will, you will not be a successful high jumper if you are short and of solid physique. Ditto a tone deaf person trying to be a serious musician.
Some can control a worldwide enterprise. I am a failure at anything out of hand’s reach.
I can manipulate nuts and bolts in unseen and hard to reach places. But when I hit a tennis ball or kick a football I have no idea of its destination.
Papua New Guineans also are not born equal and the groups they are born into are not equal.
In a previous article, I made the point that different tribal groups descended from a very limited number of ancestors.
As well as sharing certain traits such as facial features and physiques, their ability to maintain a premier position in the social structure of pre-colonial PNG appeared to be an inherited trait.
Hence the position of the marginal groups, mainly in the Highlands and some in the coastal inland, who were pushed into marginal areas by physically dominant groups.
It is stated by some experts that low nutrition leads to low birth weights and poor intellectual development of children. I believe that the early settlers of PNG were more nearly equal but generations of poor nutrition have cemented the relative positions of these groups.
It is the work of government to rectify the poor situation of many of its citizens. To do this it will have to overcome the entrenched feeling of the representatives of the premier groups that PNG belongs to them and that marginalised people deserve little or no consideration.
It is to be hoped that with the LNG Project and exploitation of our other resources that there enough crumbs will fall from the fat men’s table to enable the marginal groups to drag themselves to a better station in life.
By the way, I apologise to Dr Mike Bourke and Dr Bryant Allen if any of the foregoing misinterprets their paper, Poverty in Rural Papua New Guinea.