THE DECONSTSTRUCTION OF HUMANITY – By Oro Governor, Gary Juffa

Humanity is under attack. Everywhere one cares to look, to observe one sees the deconstruction of traditional societies, communities, tribes, clans and families even. Humanity is extracted, discouraged even, looked down upon and discouraged. In its place, materialism is encouraged, cultivated and promoted. Peoples who acted or reacted with empathy, consideration, love and care have been replaced by those who act and react with violence, self seeking greed and obsessed with material goods they often do not need.

Like a cancer the promotion of individualism grows, spreading from the urban centers where it is most profoundly expressed to rural settings and even remote villages and hamlets. Everything and anything will have a price tag, goods or services, even those once given free with love and consideration, in fact especially those. Everyone and anyone will be a vendor and a purchaser. Nothing will ever be free and even the commons, water, air and so forth are themselves being considered for packaging and sale in some manner, some fashion, significant research and obsessive greed ensures this. Children will be devoid of parental attention and love and parents will be obsessed with managing time and their efforts to earn and spend.

Time itself has become acutely the most precious commodity for individuals, corporations and governments. The individual now is obsessed by time, what they give of it and how much it therefore must be worth and who should pay. Charging even their loved ones for a portion of it, calculating it carefully and spending it according to its price.

Governments are no longer formed to govern human beings. They are instead designed and constructed by those at the very top with the very most who fund them and therefore determine greater policies to achieve their objectives: greed and profit. Governments are designed to manage consumers, promote the interests of Corporated

om, the new ruling empire. Governments group together into cartels and forge and develop tactical and strategic alliances, trade and economic agreements, ushering the consumers towards the sphere of trade, manufacturers producing, exporting and importing, vendors selling, purchasers buying, the rich living, the poor dying.

Any form of subsistence living is discouraged, even violently by governments no longer working for people but enslaved and harnessed by Corporatedom, people who live on their own land and farm and fish are converted to workers in some factory or providing some service, earning some form of payment and giving it back to the empire in its numerous outlets, encouraged by their propaganda via entertainment and information products and productions. There are no farms anymore eventually, for this is human, there are only factories, mass producing genetically modified food for the masses who must feed themselves and continue to consume.

And soon, everyone is not a person anymore… only momentarily anyway, then they are saturated with media and other forms of information projection at a most early age, learning brand names and yearning material goods…eager to buy and consume the moment they learn about the concept of money…just a consumer, born to purchase, consume, enable the wealth of already wealthy, pay their taxes, live their monotonous life rigidly following the parameters of behavior established by Corporatedom, existing and not living, devoid of any true aspect of humanity.

It is no wonder the earth is reeling from the terrible inconsideration of the new dehumanized creature now just an obsessed self seeking consumer, whose inconsideration towards flora and fauna and the natural environment, rampantly populating and increasingly destruction, committing wars against each other and destroying entire species of life forms endangers earth’s very existence itself.

Perhaps there is hope. Growing somewhere in some community unaffected by the sinister clutches of Corporatedom…perhaps the ruling Empire may self destructed and eventually the world may tire so of Corparatedom that it vomits it out and starts all over again… perhaps humanity prevails and readjusts its dangerous course and rights itself and rebuilds the world it is destroying and reconstructs humanity…perhaps…

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A TRIBUTE TO THOSE OF A NOBLE PROFESSION – By Grace Waide

To all the teachers in my life, you are all so blessed. For all the sleepless nights programming, marking test papers, assessments, waking early to get to class, walking long miles to get into towns at fortnight times, dealing with many different children, parents,all in the name of educating our children.  I salute you all. Exams have come and gone children will come and go, but there is nothing like the heart of a teacher…I am so blessed to have you all. I am the daughter of a teacher…so why am I saying all these.? I offered a ride in the canoe and later by car to a young teacher and his family trying to get into town yesterday…and as we traveled together, I was very quiet, which isn’t typical for me, my mind flashed back to all those very remote schools in the Eastern Highlands that my late father taught at,in my mind’s eye I could see daddy, bent over with all the shopping and our bags, walking up and down mountains, and my mom , my siblings all carrying something and shivering through the mist and cold..such an image is etched in my mind forever. So when we finally reached Kiunga and the teacher wanted to thank me and give me some money, I refused and simply said…I am the daughter of a teacher.

THOUGHTS ON CULTURE – By Gary Juffa

Papua New Guinea loses aspects its culture daily…many practitioners of ancient cultures, dress, languages, customs, arts and crafts are dying too, taking along with them a rich history and knowledge of their environment, their past, their folklore….much of which are unrecorded…

Oro is trying to revive and preserve the many different ancient cultures….I commissioned the fashioning of these traditional war clubs and purchased several that I intend to use to decorate my home…spears, shields, slings have also been commissioned…to be displayed at the upcoming Oro Tapa Tattoo Festival planned for launching next month and intended to be an annual event promoting Oro culture in its purest traditional form…let us never forget our roots, so that we may know where we are, who we are and where we are going…a people in transition…

ABOUT WORK….A 21st CENTURY PAPUA NEW GUINEAN PERSPECTIVE


1. Always do what you love. If you’re not having fun, you’re in the wrong job.

2. Choose where you want to work. Places and people have a direct impact on your health and well-being. Money isn’t always the answer.

3. When you identify a problem, always have a solution ready.

4. In any capacity, think like a CEO. Think opportunity, strategy and suggest it.

5. Treat the company you work for as your own. Always ask: “If I owned this company, how would I run it?”

6. Think people. Cut out unnecessary structures and procedures that hinder outcomes.

8. Have a social conscience. Give to those who need help and add value to the lives of people. Consider the future generation.

7. Seek out fresh talent. People who are eager to learn and are unafraid of challenges. They usually, don’t have the “right qualification.”

7. Reward employees according to the amount of work they do and how well they do it. Pay grades are old school. That’s why the PNG public service is in the state it’s in today.

THE MEDIA: A CONDUIT, AN AGENT OF CHANGE

In Papua New Guinea, the media is a conduit for information that links people in rural areas to decision makers in Waigani. The media has to be used in a manner that adds value to the lives of people. It has to be used to challenge the status quo and accepted standards of behavior.
The media has to take statistics provided by government and foreign development agencies and give a “human face” to inanimate figures. Readers, viewers, listeners and decision makers must know that every “statistic” is a person with feelings and emotions facing everyday challenges.
In Papua New Guinea, the media cannot be just an observer. It is an agent of change and must be used as such. It has to challenge the ills of society and express the views that are not heard. It must be used to generate debate and guide those in positions of authority towards positive outcomes.
It is vital that the views of the people are conveyed, unadulterated, to their parliamentary representatives. It is also vital that the people’s views are not smothered by the political debates emanating from either the government or the opposition.