This is in response to the pos on whether the chief system should be revisited and possibly revised the matters of shepardship and stewardship. In fact PNG Society have practice shepardship and stewardship long before colonization. Now that influences from the outside world through the flow of goods, capital,people, knowledge, images, crime, polutants, drugs,fashions and beliefs all readily flow across territorial boundaries have directly or indirectly created what the country is going through. The chief system with it's operational structure, shepardship and stewardship practice in respective PNG Societies have it's space,boundaries and time.Through observation and personal assessment now, PNG's operational practices physically, political, social, economical,spiritual developments doesn't seems to have boundaries with it's own space time between societies and it's cultural practices.The point that will be raise here is for PNG societies and people to identify where individual space time for culture/customs practices and just like religion,social,cash economic/globalization, and politics which is a culture of it's own.If PNG identify the boundaries and strenghten the systems,institutions,operational structure that includes the chief systems will allow 'interconnections', 'networks',flows of goods, information, people and practices across national borders to be effective and have an impact across the various spheres of social existence.It look as though PNG societies got a big task ahead to sort the internal interconnections before the external interconnection,network,flows that can bind our practices,our experiences, and our political, economic and environmental fates together across the modern culture to be of beneficial to the nation. PNG is a resource rich country and needs appropriate, effective, and efficient system and operational structures at all level for easier monitoring and coordinating to assess the natural resource development process and benefits before it's too late and we'll be like our African friends.
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