SMOKING marijuana is correctly termed a culture and we label the users or participants of this culture 'drugbodies'.
Add to this the common denominators of their low status, predominantly youths, and there now exists a common cause for the group: their own welfare, surviving day to day in communities that offer them little hope for the future.
They feel less bound by the morals and laws of society because most societies reject them; individually and as a group.
The 'drug bodies' band together for strength.
They are trying to establish themselves as a subset of village society.
I sometimes think about PNG this way - too many children, not enough hope.
There is another group at the other end of the scale who are doing likewise: corrupt public servants and MP's.
Yet we in the community love this group because they are in control of the nation’s purse. It is assumed they will offer us 'hope', usually through ‘private arrangements’.
What we don't seem to understand is that one group is stealing the future of the other. We think it is business as usual.
It's revealing to observe that political candidates and ‘drugbodies’ are associated at elections.
You help them steal the hopes and dreams of your children every time you accept their bribes or give into their threats at election time.
The cruel joke is that the ‘drugbodies’ are the real victims.
We might, if we have the courage, resolve this situation by turning the entire system on its head to start treating the corrupt public servants as outcasts with an appropriate label - thieves - and provide hope for the next generation of children.
The current ‘drugbodies’, unless they pick themselves up, may be a lost cause.