THE MELANESIAN LANGUAGES had no need for understanding or having a word for corruption. It has to be recognised before it can be named.
Corruption is named because some of us can recognise it; others amongst us practice it but would not know it if it hit them in the face. For them it is situation normal.
That there is no term for corruption is based on the fact that the entire society was based on exploitation. Development of all societies of humans was based on exploitation.
Exploitation of the land and natural resources was the normal condition of development of humans.
Exploitation of women is still the norm in many parts of the world and certainly in PNG then and now.
Farmers only learned to conserve the soil by crop rotation and manure when land became in short supply. PNG farmers have still not learned this lesson and still exploit land although they know that they can no longer have a 15 year bush fallow.
That humans’ normal instinct is to exploit can be seen by the enormous erosion and salting of land in Australia and USA, the figures are appalling.
Anyone who does not belong to the clan or Big Lain can be exploited or killed with no sense of guilt or wrong doing. Killing, pillage and rape is something all cultures go through.
Relationships within the group are to do with reinforcing the strength of the group. People of good heart should try hard to get the 854 language groups to believe truly that we are one people and a part of the same family.
Please do not judge the past by the present. They did the best they could with what they had; just like the rest of the human race.