Culture, land and fa’asamoa
Re: All those little big things add up
In Samoa our people are unable to grasp that their own government is taking away their ancestral land - this is the blind spot we are fighting against.
The radical hope or future vision, requiring great courage, is of Samoans, who can help evolve our Fa’aSamoa to remove those aspects of culture, which reduce each person to slavery and prevent us from judging each idea on its merit, whether it is good or bad no matter who says it or whether it comes from church, government or a matai.
It is a form of critical thinking for a Modern Samoan, a master or mistress of our ancestral land.
Rebecca Solnit writes on Hope:
Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. When you recognize uncertainty, you recognize that you may be able to influence the outcomes — you alone or you in concert with a few dozen or several million others. Hope is an embrace of the unknown and the unknowable, an alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists. Optimists think it will all be fine without our involvement; pessimists take the opposite position; both excuse themselves from acting. It’s the belief that what we do matters even though how and when it may matter, who and what it may impact, are not things we can know beforehand. We may not, in fact, know them afterward either, but they matter all the same, and history is full of people whose influence was most powerful after they were gone