Letters To The Editor, 19th March 2017
The United Nations has declared March 21 as International Day of Happiness. When I first read about this Happiness Day, my quick response was a bit immature.
I exclaimed! What a day to mark or to observe.
In other words, what a day to celebrate, my conscience made me think rationally. Suddenly, unlimited questions in the form of piercing arrows began to penetrate my soul.
The first question that almost flattened me was; you are happy and you have a happy family. Does that mean the whole world is living happily?
With a tinge of guilt, I began to think outside the box.
Yes, there are people around the world who are starving to receive a grain of happiness.
Just imagine, children of war-torn zones; not to mention any particular country, I have seen on TV. Young and adult equally devastated and openly cry aloud mourning the loss of their loved ones.
Some parts of the world are stricken with drought. The consequence of this is frightful because starvation is giving rise to malnutrition and other medical disorders.
I cannot imagine a happy moment for the grieving parents whose children are engulfed with uncertainties.
How naïve I was to think that all was well when my family is happy.
Take a pause and think of those people in the world who are literally earning just a dollar or few dollars in a day. I am sure they would never make a shopping list and look forward to buying the so called luxury items because acquiring enough food is far beyond their reach.
Some may argue that it is their fate. But I oppose and do not concur.
I will put forward this question: What guarantee is there that fate would always remain with the so-called fortunate ones?
History is evident and we have seen the demise of the powerful, not forgetting the rude pattern of the nature causing damages to its extreme.
Coming back to the topic of happiness; may I reiterate that one should not be naive and be confined only to one’s nuclear family?
Instead, let us all think empathetically and feel for the people of the world who are not so fortunate like some of us are.
Let alone the world; there is a significant number of people in Fiji who are looking forward to a moment of happiness.
But the question are: Do we just think about them or should we do something for them that can bring at least some degree of happiness?
Why not teach our men and boys?
Violence against women
I watched a television show on Fiji One talking about Violence Against Women (VAW). It is positive step that the media focuses and is involved in the discussion on an issue that affects a lot women and girls in Fiji.
There are still a lot of precautionary statements given to women and girls about how they can avoid domestic and sexual violence within their families and when in public spaces.
I understand that these precautions are given because a lot of us, would not want anyone we know to experience any kind of abuse.
I urge readers to quickly research online on why talking about precautions to women and girls might not be the best way to prevent VAW as they are not the ones choosing to use violence and can inadvertently blame the women for the acts of violence done against them.
Instead of telling women and girls all these precautions about how to avoid domestic or sexual violence, we should be telling men and boys to never beat up women, never rape a woman, never take advantage of a woman who is drunk and to never sexually assault women who want to socialise and have a few drinks.
I urge male readers to start telling other men and boys to be responsible for their actions including their choice to use violence against women. It is men and boys who can prevent domestic and sexual violence against women by choosing not to be perpetrators.
Hospital parking needs
There is definitely a need to provide more parking space at Lautoka Hospital, having been there regularly in recent times.
People are now parking all over the place. Once waiting at the laboratory I could hear the public address lady asking drivers to move their cars.
As an immediate fix the lawn spaces outside the hospital could easily be converted into temporary parking lots by removing the white washed rocks around the lawns.
Later a more permanent fix could be constructed with funds from the capital budget.
Hope the hospital superintendent or the relevant people can arrange to do this right away.
Vodafone Fijian 7s Team
This letter, I trust, would end the current loss suffered by the 7s team especially the finals between Fiji, Africa and England.
As they say there is a time for everything; a time for joy and a time for sorrow.
The team can bounce back in Hong Kong if they can cut out some of the mistakes in the past games, such as holding the ball too long, so is dropping the ball and gifting it to the opposition.
Discipline is also very important. Avoiding the yellow and red cards to the advantage of other teams. We are all humans and no one is perfect.
Try and do some of the instructions left behind by Ben Ryan. In tight situations, kick and chase the ball by invading territory, taking the game there and applying pressure to the opposition.
The boys are strong and fast to catch the ball there which has a 90 per cent chance which can result in the team’s favour.
Waisea Nacuqu, a new member of the team showed his kick and chase expertise in Canada in a tight situation resulting with a top try.
I am sure the team would win more tournaments from Hong Kong to London if they can use smartly other options such as kick and chase and letting the ball do the job and talking on the field.
Vinaka and the best to the Fiji 7s team; be strong and courageous.
Toso Viti, Tabu Soro (never give up). Go Fiji Go!