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01 January 2014


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Yeah, you're probably right Harry. I think Barry just likes wandering around in the bush.

But he has to tell his wife something, doesn't he?

Phil - Interesting slant on life in general. I think you are perhaps being a little hard on your bro in law when describing him as having a mercenary aspect to his work as, after all, money can never compensate one for the deprivations and health risks involved in living and working in such very isolated places in PNG.

So perhaps his motivation for choosing such a lifestyle may be a little more philosophical in nature than presents.

One of PNG’s greatest attraction to outsiders is its previous but still relevant description as being a lotus land where one day drifts into the next.

I recall some years ago when visiting PNG on holidays at a time when the Gulf War Mk 1 was in play and, as in that locality, communications to the outside world was absolutely zilch, I was trying to keep abreast on the ongoing events on my radio.

One of my bros in law asked me why I was so concerned and I then tried to explain that this conflict in the Middle East had the potential to develop into a possible world war.
My reply was met with indifference.

Several days later the batteries in my radio gave out so I then drifted off into the never never land that is PNG.

In the western world, if one wants to become rich and famous, they can take their clothes off or become a criminal. In PNG, in order to become rich and famous, one has to become a politician.

I agree. I'm putting the PNG National Government in the "Too hard" basket.

There are signs of progress at the provincial level. If a mob of educated wantoks get together to run a town and a province, things can slowly improve. These are the "capable and caring" people that PNG needs. Sadly they are not being elected to the National Parliament but some seem to be given the job of Administration of their local province and a doing a good job.

Sadly the National Government keeps far too much money for themselves and just wastes it. (Did you read about the bloke from some Moresby electorate who bought out a shop in Cairns recently?)

But development isn't all about money and expensive lifestyles. It is about leading a better life, with hopefully, education for the children and better health for the family, and a life free from worries about tribal fights, free from sorcery and payback, with a better understanding of the world and the history of the world. And a faith in a loving God, who wants us all to love Him and our neighbours.

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