Man pours cold water of cost of living claims

By Talimalie Uta ,

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HARD WORK IS THE SOLUTION: Faafili Iosefa, 56 Tuanai.

HARD WORK IS THE SOLUTION: Faafili Iosefa, 56 Tuanai. (Photo: Talimalie Uta)

A man from Tuanai has offered a different perspective about the cost of living.

Contrary to claims that it is far too expensive, Faafili Iosefa, of Tuanai, said it is not as expensive as people are making it out to be.

He said the response should be to work harder as opposed to complaining about it.

“Life is not expensive,” he said. “The reason why people say it’s expensive is because they are not doing any work.”

“As a matter of fact, they are just sitting around doing nothing; we all know that this world, we can never gain anything without dropping a single sweat.”

He said the cost of living is the same in all countries of the world.

 “We are all in the same race; we strive for what is best for our families even if it means we have to give up a couple of things that we want.”

The 56-year-old father maintains that life is easy when we work hard.

“In Samoa, we all know the kind of life that our parents brought us all up from,” he said.

“It was not an easy life. It was a hard one and that is why I don’t understand why some families are finding it hard to live.”

“We have everything but it’s just that people are too dependent on hand outs.”

Faafili said Samoa is a blessed country.

“We have lots of fertile land,” he said. “So why struggle when we have these gifts from God to work on for our own good.”

Faafili spoke to the Village Voice yesterday while he was working on their plantation. 

He is a father of four.

Fa’afili believes in the power of faith and prayers.

 “If people work hard and serve the Lord with everything they have, I guarantee that blessings will pour to them like rain,” he said.

“I believe in the power of prayer because the more we pray the more we receive from God.”

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