TOWNSVILLE – Here’s a medical question which requires some form of scientific explanation.
There’s a body that is 42 years old, sitting on a plate of gold, floating on a sea of oil, powered by natural gas, got all the enablers to grow and still struggling to get on its feet and continuing to receive $500 million in aid annually.
I mean, if a body is 42 years old and still yet to get its footing in the rudiments of life, the chemistry is not working well, is it?
In Papua New Guinea, I was confronted with this burning question so decided to take some time off from the hustle and bustle of politics to search for answers.
For the last three and half months, I have been conducting a diagnosis of this 42-year-old body.
Believe it or not, I have discovered that the body had the symptoms of diabetes. Much of it is overweight, dysfunctional and, most importantly, losing its sight. It has developed a Type 2, insulin-resistant diabetes.
I have identified a number of potential causes.
In its infancy, this body was not treated by real doctors but by copycats. Although the copycats meant well, they were not trained to understand the body. So they experimented on the body in the best way they could.
When one of the organs got dysfunctional, the watchmen started feeding it sweets to gety it to work. The glucose started to seep into the body. Before we realised it, the body was overweight and very unhealthy. It needed trimming. I mean a lot of trimming and weight loss.
That is the body that is celebrating its 42nd birthday.
I have painted a rather gloomy picture of our beloved country and you might be depressed. I am showing you that, until that body is healed and regains its sight, it will never be able to see and help others who are sick.
The good news is that our best days are still ahead of us.
I am convinced that the strength of our country is its people. I have seen on social media that, despite our shortcomings and economic turmoil, our people took time out in colours to honour independence day.
If we all start doing our bit, however incremental it may be, we can change the course of our destiny. The people who cause change are never extraordinary people. They are ordinary people, doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
The display of our collective consciousness defines who we are - a communal people, interacting with an individualistic society.
Yes, it is a competitive world and we run our individual races, yet we value others. We adapt to modernity, change our lifestyle, assimilate into this multicultural society, yet preserve our morality and our sense of belonging.
Just because we live our private lives doesn’t mean that we can’t have public concerns. Our people see us leaders as the hope for a better future. They depend on us to stand in the gap where they cannot.
So if you count our blessings and discount our problems, you will agree with me that what binds us is far greater than that which divides us.
We are Papua New Guinea. God bless us all.