PAPUA New Guineans are an elemental people.
As a largely agrarian society they have long recognised their helplessness in the face of the overwhelming natural and spiritual forces of the world.
This acceptance of their lack of power against forces beyond their control has rendered them stoic, apathetic and ripe for exploitation.
We in the west, on the other hand, have weathered almost two hundred years of industrialisation and rampant capitalism and all the inequities that entails.
Prior to that we bore the brunt of rabid monarchists and theocrats.
In our desperation and unable to bear any more we eventually revolted. Thus was born modern democracy and our parliamentary system.
It is still a revolution being fought. We have to be constantly vigilant to ensure those malign forces are contained at an acceptable level.
We are still confronted by plump men in silly dresses in places like the Vatican expounding contrived platitudes while surrounded by unimaginable wealth. We still pay homage to a dysfunctional family of ‘let them eat cake’ parasites masquerading as something special in their royal palaces of tawdry glitter.
And while we still listen to their fantasies of gods and angels and the divine right to rule it is with a jaundiced and healthy scepticism.
Not so in Papua New Guinea however.
That majority of simple subsistence farmers has not yet been pushed to the point of desperation where they will have no choice but to react.
When that point is reached it will be very interesting indeed. I suspect it is not far off.
Of all the self-serving and greedy cabals of amoral incompetents elected to the parliament of Papua New Guinea over the years since 1975 this current crop has been one of the most venal and dysfunctional.
They have pushed the people of Papua New Guinea closer to the brink of intolerance than anyone before them. They haven’t even been smart enough to let a few crumbs fall to the floor to keep the masses happy.
In Australia we have just endured the most obscene and sickening example of over-indulgence in the form of billions of dollars splurged on rubbish to celebrate an ancient pagan ritual and one of the fabulist inventions of our loony religionists.
In Papua New Guinea the politicians and business czars don’t even have the nouse to throw it’s minions the dregs of its extravagances to keep them happily shopping.
Mass apathy can only last so long. One day the dreamers will awake to realise their worst nightmares have come true.
For the sake of Papua New Guinea we all hope this will occur in 2017. If it doesn’t the future is hopeless.
It is time to wake up Papua New Guinea.