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Delaibatiki’s Say: Let’s go for things that unite us than those that divide us

This is an edited version of Nemani Delaibatiki’s My Say in the 4 the Record programme on FBC TV last night. If we dig deep into our subconscious mind, many
15 Oct 2018 15:11
Delaibatiki’s Say: Let’s go for things that unite us than those that divide us
Unity Fiji party leader Savenaca Narube.
  • This is an edited version of Nemani Delaibatiki’s My Say in the 4 the Record programme on FBC TV last night.

If we dig deep into our subconscious mind, many of us will find a common ground that unites us – a common ground that gives us peace, stability and happiness.

The subconscious mind is a like a big memory bank that stores our beliefs, memories, and life experiences. The information stored in it always affects our attitude, behaviour and action in a diversity of situations.

It’s the humanity in us that influences us to do good at all times. It’s God’s gift to us in the same way he gifts us the freedom to choose between good and evil. We all know that when we choose good we get blessed abundantly. When we choose evil, we forfeit the blessings and must suffer the consequences – suffering in pain, misery and unhappiness.

These are fundamental truths that should guide the way we live.

But in the subconscious mind there are experiences in life that affect the way we think and act, some good and others bad. If we peel through the layers, we will find the common ground that unites us as family, community and as a nation.

On Saturday in the Fiji Sun, Unity Fiji Party leader Savenaca Narube said in his article that nation building “is building a country where every citizen lives in peace.”

Peace, he believes, will deliver us our full economic potential.

He mentions Ratu Sukuna’s philosophy of the three-legged stool – the Vanua, Church and Government. He says the three legs support a platform which is the nation. In the construction of the stool, the three legs are strategically positioned to bear the weight equally.

The same tripartite concept is used in labour and industrial relations to achieve peace and harmony between the trade unions representing the workers, the employers and the Government. But as we know, it failed to work as it should in the 1980s when trade unions flexed their muscles and staged strikes to fight for better pay and conditions. Currently it’s not working because the trade unions have walked out.

In multi-party forums, it is essential that everyone has the same goal and is working towards that goal.

Mr Narube says while the Vanua, Church and Government have different roles, they come together in partnership to prop up a nation. To be successful, nation building must therefore be a shared responsibility.

When the three legs play their rightful roles, the nation comes together as one to live in peace and happiness, says Mr Narube. But the lines appear blurred at times when it comes to politics.

Today there are some who still struggle to separate the line between the Vanua and politics. People should exercise their democratic rights to vote for candidates of their choice without any pressure, coercion, force, intimidation or fear.

In the 2014 general election, not all their traditional subjects voted for the Tui Cakau (paramount chief of Cakaudrove) Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu and Roko Tui Dreketi (paramount chief of Rewa and Burebasaga) Ro Teimumu Kepa.

This did not mean that culturally the subjects did not support the chiefs. They were able to separate their traditional obligations and political affiliation.

When it comes to the church the same principle should apply.

Members should be free to choose who they want as their political representatives. The church, however, should be apolitical because of the powerful influence it wields over its members.

If it wants to engage in discussion on certain issues of interest to its members, it must approach it with sensitivity and in the proper forum. Any discussion must be based on facts to avoid the embarrassment that the Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, head of Catholic Church, went through recently.

In a bid to achieve what is best for everyone or in the national interest, the collaborative approach is the way to go. That is all stakeholders should be part of the conversation. We should leave aside our political and other differences and focus on what’s best for everyone.

Because if we search our subconscious mind we will find those things that benefit all of us. Because we believe we are all children of God irrespective of our differences, we have a common heritage.

It is a divine heritage embedded in our subconscious. It enables and empowers us to remain positive in the face of trials and adversity. We focus on building and helping people’s lives irrespective of their different backgrounds because we are literally brothers and sisters and equal in God’s eyes.

That is why we should reject the politics of division, race and religion.

Once we realise this in our subconscious, we should hold on to it – for therein lies our hope for future peace, stability and prosperity.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

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