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15 July 2014


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Historically, it may be thought as a "Father Christmas" - like offering in Australia when someone is on welfare benefit from Centrelink.

What would Aussies do if that were not available in times of hardship?

I suppose it is a refined form of wantok system. It breeds dependent attitudes too.

Hi, Kevin thanks for the contribution in comments for the article. Yes I do agree with you in the context of Christmas where those having children and siblings, for at least once a year to look forward to. Just look at the context. If you every Christmas, do this to your child, the child will always expect something something from you every Christmas. Firstly, what do you think the child will feel and you have nothing for him? Secondly, do you think this will become a habit, as a grown up, and that will be contagious enough to influence his dependency on you in other spheres of life?

Practice form habits, and habits influence your character

Most of us in the current generation are lost in transition - moving from the village to the city - most of us were not prepared for the life we are living. Our fathers and our grandfathers did not prepare us how to function in this new lifestyle. How could they have known the challenges?

Most of us have learnt how to live the approved life and to navigate the quagmire of a western society in the process of living: through education, by observing others, reading, and being exposed to new ideas through travel, movies and meeting new people.

The nuances of living in a western styled society governed by laws of western origin - we will not begin to grasp until we have immersed ourselves fully in such a life style.

It is no wonder, when faced with a challenge, we revert to the default - the habit we saw growing up.

To move on, we have to stop blaming our past and try to break the cycle of ignorance and laziness to change.

As stated, education is one way to bring people up to speed. After the education, provide the jobs and the minimum wage must be enough to enable independent living.

It is not a hopeless case so don't be too hard on us, things will get better.

Recently I saw people getting angry because a particular member of parliament did not pay outstanding school fees for a student in his electorate. The trend of students depending on their MPs for school fees from their District/Provincial Services Improvement Program funds is part of the free handout culture.

Interesting article, Felix.

Good one Felix.

It's gonna take honest, hard work to lift PNG not hand out mentality.

Felix, I are not sure that we can blame poor old Saint Nick (Father Christmas) for the cargo cult mentality that seems to be endemic throughout Papua New Guinea at this present time.

You allude to his descent from Britain yet the picture I are reasonably sure is not from British descent. Your article is correct in many spheres and examples used... but not Santa Claus as our children and grand children have learned to call him...

Christmas is for kids and those of us whom love our siblings... and kids all need something at least once a year to look forward to. Please reread your heading.

It is not Father Christmas (a folk lore character) that is currently destroying PNG, rather the hand out mentality that is endemic from the corridors of power right down to the examples you have used in the family...

"I'm not Father Christmas," is a long established Australian retort to someone asking for a favour the respondent doesn't want to give. It has no reference to the religious festival. And the pic is ironic. Hope that clears things up, Kev - KJ

Enterprise, hard work or just genuine ordinary work, all work defines us as humans. Work is not only an economic necessity but a way of life for us as humans. The need to work has always been in our blood, and should I go further and say our DNA?

So I among many people will have a problem if someone does not work to earn his bread, either by preying on the weak or waiting at the table of the rich powerful, and influential.

What sort of human beings would they be, and what name should we call them?

Educated people are doing that too so it is not only education but values and early training to work hard for whatever one wants in life.

I think so. Yep. And education I think is the way forward.

101% support, bro, what you are saying is right and has been practised in PNG for too long.

Can educated people voice their thoughts about this very issue?

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