Saturday, August 24, 2013

Inconvenient Truth

Watching Dictator Bainimarama seating beside SODELPA President and GMB Roko Tui Dreketi, at the funeral of the late Tui Ba, conjures up an image of what can only be described as an inconvenient truth. Indeed, a calm before the storm where politics get suspended for a moment out of respect for the departed.

What would be fascinating to determine though is Bainimarama's thought process in even being there realising how temporary and contrived his elevation in status to warrant his presence at such a chiefly gathering. Unlike Ro Teimumu, the Dictator has forced his way in by false pretense backed up by the power of the State. Yet his very presence at such a cultural and customary event is proof enough that his statist position gets its legitimacy from upholding and respecting traditional institutions of citizens, especially those of native Fijians.

Yet Bainimarama's policies, rule and behaviour appear totally at odds with the practices he pretends to be upholding. This is no doubt the result of his untutored foray into politics without assessing his own personal philosophical basis.

Had he done so, he would have realised that you can't always work against your own cultural value base. It is embedded in you and your psyche and sooner or later your attempt to abandon or disown it will tend to expose more your inadequacies than your strength.

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