PORT MORESBY - I find it traumatising enough to think that we may have failed to avoid this fatal breach by death itself into our society, security and sovereignty.
We can blame ignorance, I suppose, which shares the bright lights with our negligence towards Papua New Guinea’s sovereign borders.
It is sickening to imagine what will transpire if coronavirus spreads undetected into our midst.
Around us nations collapse and their money and first class health care programs can do little but research.
Breaking news and unspeakable footage, images and stories rule our news feeds as humanity turns towards the world of science, our hope against the deadly pandemic - this mysterious micro-biological attack on human existence.
In the last few weeks we came to a standstill as our government developed and implemented strict measures to prepare us to counter or contain Covid-19 if and when it steps across our boundaries.
We are again reminded of the forever neglected house rules of hygiene and are forced to put aside many things closely attached to us and our daily lives.
I sit here thinking about the way we share buai, tobacco, food and drink, and the love and security we enjoy of being close together.
You see, our society is founded upon the strong ethos and values where our pasin is living together, loving each other, sharing and caring.
Strong handshakes and bear hugs show the bonds of care and close friendship towards each other. Even death brings us together. Yes, it is us. It is our attitude.
It feels uncomfortable and strange these days when we are not able to do it anymore to people we love, admire and appreciate.
For the first time displa stail pasin na wei bilong yumi that build the fabric of our beautiful young society and binds us together as one nation and one people is forbidden, threatened by this unknown foreign element.
Above all, we will never be able to bury our own mothers, wives, kids and fathers if we continue to say yes it us, it is our attitude.
When world scientists and medical researchers are scratching their balls to find a cure, our herb doctors are promoting their new product brewed from jungle leaves and poured into an empty Coke plastic that is said to cure AIDS and Covid-19. Yes, this is us.
When the house rules of simple hygiene were set down, the Seven Bomb players continued beside the lamb flaps market somewhere in a settlement.
When told to stay at home, we still cross Brown River, hiding from police with our buai bags.
When told to stay away from church but pray, we preach one world order down at Tabari place where a pastor asked for tithes to be transferred via phone banking.
Yes, that is us, it is our attitude.
I find us fascinating but this is no longer funny. This is not a drill. It is real.
When we are told to monitor and report rises in the price of goods during these trying times, we talk about the sky rocketing price of buai.
When government uses Facebook to deliver its messages, we spend hours creating and laughing at spineless meme pages and TikTok characters. Yes, it is us.
Facebook has found warmth in the eyes of this killer pandemic and has emerged as the fastest mode of disseminating information across our society, even across the entire world.
The government has given us the privilege of hearing direct from the horse’s mouth and to respond and to be heard. Not mentioning the bulk of information spilling through the newsfeeds from around the globe.
A very dangerous door of information is left open that can inflict uncertainty in our understanding of how to curtail opportunities for Covid-19 to enter our personal space.
The media is an important information mechanism that must digest and feed society with the truth and not be swayed by an influx of information nor distort the accuracy of information.
Death is staring us in the face and it is a national security issue. A matter of life and death.
If we are hit hard, what will be our response if everyone we love starts falling in numbers around us, leaving behind corpses we are never allowed to bury?
Tell us, government, what will you say in those press conference during that very moment when we are hit hard and you must tell us how we to respond.
This is us. It is our attitude.