ALL of us who use computers know that there ever lurks a threat that, if we are not attentive, can attack and destroy our valuable information. We call it a virus.
And, thinking about this, I realised that Papua New Guinea faces another type of virus, a socially destructive virus that destroys government, citizens, politics, the economy and society.
In its original version this is the virus of corruption: bribery, nepotism, wantokism, white collar crime, secret deals, cheating, overpricing and fraud - among the rest.
Day by day, we try to develop the antiviruses of policies, reforms, rules, checks, investigation, prosecution, marches and petitions.
The more we try, the more we seem to fail.
Well, this is what our society is facing. Our culture is being challenged by the tidal wave of dishonesty.
Now we question what we used to do culturally and what should be our present day behaviour, roles and obligations.
It really comes down to how we should deal with each other.
I believe, indeed I am convinced, that the answer lies in the purpose of why we exist as human beings at all, and what is expected of us as members of a society.
The answers I believe are not just about PNG, but about what is universally right, which transcends all world cultures.