I FOUND MARTYN NAMORONG’s article - PNG at 38: Are we coming of age as a nation? - interesting and very thought provoking.
As a generalisation, I see that people of my parent's generation and older are "iffy" about different perspectives, certainly about moral issues.
Allow me to quote my mum: “I've never really explored [insert moral issue here]. Living in Australia everyone expresses their opinion, whereas at home, we just never really thought about it.”
I have discussions with my mother all the time about moral issues such as homosexuality, the death penalty, the environment and so on.
These are all issues I believe are not commonly known to the everyday Papua New Guinean.
At first my mum was quite upset that I was so "opinionated", though she came through after being exposed to my perspectives.
However, it can be argued that Papua New Guineans are not discussing what they think about the death penalty being ethical in PNG because there are those who are scraping through to make end's meet and so they just accept things - morals, values - as they are.
But I do see the view that, when something you've grown up to accept or believe is questioned, you cannot help but feel intimidated as an individual. Perhaps “ignorance is bliss”.
From my experience of high school in PNG, I came across a minority of my peers who held on to their parent's strong sense of morals and did not like it at all when students such as myself questioned them.
That was eye opening. My generation seemed to be very liberal and accepting
Those same peers remain liberal today: growing up with technology and the speed of receiving information is changing culture everywhere.
As a young Papua New Guinean with very controversial opinions on moral issues, I feel as if PNG is indeed coming of age.
I am currently on the path of studying law and politics in hopes of returning to PNG and bringing my "worldly" perspectives to the limelight, not only in our mentality but potentially into the legal system.
My aspirations mean I am faced with a hard and long struggle, but the world is moving forward, for the worst or better, that is subjective.
Hopefully PNG will be exposed and Papua New Guineans will be able to see this for themselves.