Fr. Robert LAKA
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Date Posted: Thu, Oct 19 2006, 10:04:14pm
PNGean, thank you for your much appreciate thoughts. I comment you for that. You and I share something in common, (victims of a trible fright). I was really thinking along what you have mentioned, that is to go back to our traditional way and start from there, analysing the traditional ways of solving any problem and see if the same principle can be applied in the modern way. This might serve as our stepping stone to begin with.
I also want to make some points as well regarding the issue, that is: the transition period from bow and arrow to the high powered guns. What factors influenced/contributed to the possession of these guns. I remember seeing the first gun 303 hand gun in 1987 when I was in high school, Gr. 7. I believe there are many now.
Further more, my late grandfather mentioned that, when there was tribal fight, the intention was to "would a person and not to kill him". I didn't understand what he meant, up until now, well, but the point is that, if that was the result of tribal fight, "to wound" someone and later on, there was the kepa singi and tee pingi if one die as a result, what happened.
Why is there so much hatred, so much brutality, so much damaged done as a consequence of tribal fight? I keep on wondering. Pay back and revenge were never done on someone else's land, today it is out of hand. What is the motivational factor here to do so.
Taking these into consideration, can there be a way, a solution to all these?
YOU ARE RIGHT, to say, it is a life time work, but there has be a start somewhere and it has to be continued. Enga was never Enga as it is now.
My dear brother and sister Engans, we really have to do something about this issue. I for one do not feel like taking this as a cultural phenomenon, but I can't go away with it. If there is a way, I wish we could find that way.
Finally Kaim PNGean, I am Fr. Robert Laka, not Fr. Robert LAK, the former Western Highlands Governor. Kaim o, namba ambum tainge yo, simbai daa. thanks.
Fr. Robert P. LAKA, SVD
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