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Letters: 8th July, 2019

The world around us is so vast that those that came before us had a need to label everything in it so that they can better understand it. However, most times the act of classification has caused us to think along a certain dimension that momentarily makes us discriminatory. For centuries we have come to accept the labels and boxes our society has defined for us.
08 Jul 2019 15:01
Letters: 8th July, 2019

Bad luck Nadi

Ronnie Chang, Nadi

The disallowed try early in the second half through questionable decisions by the referee and his assistant spelt doom for Nadi.

The slow-mo FBC TV replay showed absolutely clear grounding.

Nevertheless, we take the loss, fairly and squarely.

Sincere congratulations Nadroga Stallions.

Sincere thanks to the huge crowd in excess of 9000 to grace Prince Charles Park, a provincial record attendance.

Celebrate Nadroga.

New Farebrother champs 20 – 3 over Jack’s Nadi.

Two individual brilliant tries in each half won the match for you.

Sorry Nadi we were not quite good enough today … one clear bad decision went against us.

This may have turned the tide for Nadi. That’s rugby.

The referee is also human.

Tovole leqwa ena yabaki vou.

Sa rewa na lame na icovi na Farebrother ena lia boto na macawa.

Vina va levu vo mutou kece na saravou. (We can try again next year. We managed to keep the Farebrother trophy for a week. Thank you to all the players.)

Irrelevant Boxes

Lily Finau, Narere, Nasinu

Quantifying all that we are and all that surrounds us remains a task everyone seems obligated to do.

The world around us is so vast that those that came before us had a need to label everything in it so that they can better understand it. However, most times the act of classification has caused us to think along a certain dimension that momentarily makes us discriminatory. For centuries we have come to accept the labels and boxes our society has defined for us.

In this regard we have failed to question the norm and we have mostly accepted discrimination along racial and gender lines in our societies.

We are so dependent on our culture and “beliefs” that we fail to see that we are causing more harm than good.

The problem does not lie in our culture or our beliefs, the problem is that we fail to accept that change is inevitable.

Our culture is subjected to change and that is a fact the world over can attest to.

For us as Christians we don’t have to look far, but to our own life manual which is the Bible, to see how change is integrated.

Most scenarios in the new Testament depict that change was at first difficult to be accepted, but eventually it was tolerated, adapted to and accepted.

Most importantly any change that the early believers did was to never cause contradiction to the gospel.

They knew as time passed that change is essential, but the teachings and guidance of the Word were to be thoroughly exhausted.

As we all know that the only commandment that trumps all others in the Bible is love.

It is time we start to really ask whether the boxes we so desperately defend demonstrates love or just spits out hatred and animosity among the genders and ethnic groups.

The intellect we are all blessed with is capable of much more and no technology ever made can match it.

So, it is high time we try to use what we are all blessed with together with the love we are taught, to push out the outdated boxes that no longer serves us.

To keep thinking and observing this world on a single dimension is disrespectful to the abilities we are given and to the One that created it.

Let us look to ourselves and not to our leaders for solutions.

For however the climate of politics may be in our country let us not be blinded to the wounds it sometimes inflicts.

Our leaders are only human and so are we, so let us begin to see each other as human beings first before we see race or gender.

We should always remember that what worked in our society 20 years ago may not be what we need now and we shall only glance the past to learn from it, not duplicate it.

At the grassroots let’s not allow our leaders to think for us, but let’s think for ourselves, properly discern the matters at hand and always love one another the best way we know how.

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