Transportation has been debated. What new points do you have to add?
to Viktor Posted May 22, 2011 6:14 AM
Viktor, transportation has already been debated. The onus is on you to carry the conversation forward in transportation, not mumble and grumble.
No one that I can see is saying that transportation is not important. The main point being made about it is that PNG cannot create a transportation network for anywhere near the cost of most countries being that our country is so rugged and tropical. Thus, the benefits we get from a better transportation network will be offset greatly by the extraordinary costs. It's still better to have a transportation system than none, but it's not going to let us outcompete other countries in delivering goods and services. Thus, the country's terrain will always be a giant stone around PNG's neck in affecting our development.
When you say you are used to the creature comforts of life and want more of them, have you ever stopped to think that most of our people don't even have the most basic of services? Rather than worrying about your own pleasures, why not put more emphasis in your life on carrying about those who don't even have the basics? The country doesn't need to develop in the same way to satisfy those needs - we just have to manage the money we have right now much more wisely.
To satisfy your needs for boom boxes, etc and extend it to all Papua New Guineans, we have no choice but to lose our land and become slaves to the time clock, the boss, etc, just like Singaporeans, Australians, Americans, Japanese, etc. That's why wheir economies are larger and more material goods are available. Their societies are societies of stress. Why on earth you would want the PNG society of general relaxation to turn into one of stress, and consider that a step forward, I have no idea. You seem to think you can have it all. But the people of developed countries don't have it all, only the tiny fraction of their populations that are filty rich. And most of those people got filthy rich by taking money out of the pockets of others.
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