Productive ways to end trouble
According to Felagai Liuulima, from the village of Tufulele, there is no escaping all the problems of the world but there are ways to help the future generations.
The young farmer says that everything starts at home, whether they’re troubles or triumphs, your first teachers are members of your family.
“There will always be problems all around us; it’s wrong to think that life is always easy,” Felagai told the Village Voice.
“But it all starts back home. Everything we know and do comes from where we grew up and those who took care of us.
“With many problems a person faces, it starts from their parents. An example is when a kid goes and beats up another kid then maybe he is going through something at home.”
Felagai says that a solution is to keep your children busy with character building chores and that will leave them little time to think of ways to cause trouble.
“The best way to teach kids while they’re young is at home,” he said.
“Tell them to go and do some chores; maybe get them to weed the gardens or cut the grass and you will be surprised with what they learn from those simple tasks.
“Even developing plantations will prepare them for the future. The many skills taught to parents by their parents should be passed down and it will help the children greatly.
“When all they grew up with is the morals of a humble, hard worker then as adults, they won’t get into problems.”
With many people putting blame on the youth for causing a lot of problems, Felagai says that’s not the case and it’s unfair to think so.
“It’s not right to say that all the problems are caused by the youth; it’s caused by everyone who does wrong,” he said.
“It’s always around the influence of alcohol. One solution to all the problems in Samoa is to get people to think about the future and the impacts of their actions.
“If you make use of your time wisely then you won’t have any time to cause trouble.”
And Felagai is not all talk; he practices what he preaches every day.
“For me personally, I use my time to build up my plantation,” he said.
“As I wait for harvest, I go clear the grounds, weed the plantation and look for other productive ways to end my day.
“The plantation I have is used for meals and to sell for a little extra cash. Right now I focus a lot on my plantation. I use the money I get from crop sales to purchase other farming equipment to make work easier for me.”