SO.... that 400 year old story book about a zombie has finally arrived in Papua New Guinea with a rousing welcome from part-time Christians and corrupt politicians.
I wonder what the man Jesus would think about spending thousands of kina on a junket trip to the United States whilst children beg for food on the streets of Port Moresby and Lae.
Yes there is theological basis for doing Him a favour once in while by pouring expensive perfume on His feet, but I think the man would consider the reverence shown towards a 400 year old foreign book a little bit over the top and nearly equivalent to idolatry.
Apparently, corruption in parliament has been caused by the traditional carvings that represent 40,000 years of sustainable development in PNG.
As such, Speaker Theo Zurenuoc decided to chuck them out in 2013 and has been scheming since to replace them with a symbol of national unity grounded on the bible.
I have heard so many Papua New Guineans argue that the arrival of the missionaries brought peace and unity to PNG. I pity such Papua New Guineans because they actually have bought into the racist narrative that our people were primitive prior to colonisation.
At face value, it seems like a true statement that the foreign missionaries and colonisers ‘civilized” our people.
But if you look at pre-missionary societies, they were independent self-sustaining nations. And just as modern states go to war over territorial disputes, the independent states that existed in New Guinea went to war to defend the integrity of their territories.
Each of these states had its language, culture, agricultural methods, weaponry and laws. These states and their individual identities were subdued by the waves of religious and secular colonisers from the west.
Now more than ever, Papua New Guineans have to deconstruct the narratives of history and development or else we end up uprooting ourselves and building upon flimsy foundations based on foreign narratives.
It is time that all those idiots out there, who have been brainwashed by the pulpit and the education system, decolonise their minds or else we will become the laughing stock of the global community.
The fact that the so-called educated Christian elite of this country continues to sell out PNG and its resources for less than peanuts indicates a lack of pride in our cultural identity. If we are not proud of who we are, how do we vigorously defend the national interest and cut the best deals for our people?
At least pre-colonial “primitive” societies had the dignity to defend their national interests. Yes, they may have been cannibalistic, stone-age societies but at least they didn’t bend over backwards to foreigners, foreign gods and foreign multinational corporations the way our so-called educated Christian leaders in politics and civil service have done since independence.
So yeah, I don’t expect the 400-year old foreign bible to somehow wipe out corruption and incompetence in the Haus Tambaran any time soon.
I will therefore be demanding that this foreign God refunds all the taxpayer funds related to its procurement and installation in Parliament. I am also going to ask the foreign God to apologise for the desecration of 40 000 years of cultural heritage in His name.