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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Ailing Pacific Leaders...

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The passing of Maori Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga critically ill in New Zealand's Mercy Hospital as well as concerns over the health of Tomasi Kulimoetoke, the 87 year old King of Wallis has gotten me thinkin' about the issue of man's mortality again.
blog Layouts Death comes to us all, no matter our stations in life King or Pauper we all share the same fate. There is no fountain of youth, no cure for death and no turning back the clock. We can only hope that we leave this world having done what we have set out to do. We can't all be famous, having created something like the cell phone,new computer software, found a cure for a terminal disease or discovered a new atom/specie etc.
But we can live meaningful lives just depends on ur own definition of meaningful. There is a place/time for all of us to display our individual talents and abilities. Our respective contributions to our societies/families/countries despite of how they may be perceived by others.... matters.

I strongly believe if our being around has made this world a bit better ie: a much friendlier and less lonelier place for at least one other person then we have made an impact. If we are able to give love as well as being on the receiving end then we are not doing too bad.

If during our lifetime we have Hugged a baby, kissed an elderly person, comforted a friend, laughed with a parent/s, lent a hand to a stranger and wiped the tears of a sibling, taught someone to drive, shared a drink with a co worker etc etc...then we have sampled the rewards of some of the simplest but most meaningful moments in life.
There is a lot we can do in life that needs neither money nor status to achieve. In our own families and circles we are all royalty, kings and queens, ruler of hearts and minds.
blog LayoutsGetting back to our ailing leaders our own Head of State is getting on also in his old age and should the sun set on the life of Malietoa Tanumafili II, I know that our country will miss this Father Figure. For most of us who were born way after the nation's Independence he is perhaps the only leader of old we are familiar with. It will take some getting used to, should somebody else step into his shoes. A different face on our coins and tala notes, a new name to the title and a new smile greeting marchers during the Independence Parade.

Our situation may be quite different to that of Tonga. The reigning monach has been the absolute ruler of the chain of more than 170 islets since 1965, a 41-year reign that puts him fourth on the list of longest-serving sovereigns, after Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and our very own Malietoa Tanumafili II.
blog Life could very well be quite different after the reign of the King should his condition take a turn for the worse. The passing of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV may signal a new change in the political life of the country or again may make the Royal family even more endearing to the nation, but until then I join my prayers with that of many Tongans around the world beseeching the Lord for his help and care for the ailing monarch.

May God Bless all of us and Long life, peace and happiness to all.
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  • At 9:09 AM, Blogger jp crocka said…

    Right you are. Deaths sucks doesn't it. I haven't been there myself but when you think about all the ones you care for and dread the day you get any bad news about them or vice versa, it's just sad. The passing of Queen Te Ata brings back memories of when we attended the tangi of Dame Whina Cooper in the Hokianga. As I saw her lying in her coffin, I thought, here lies a great human being who had made inroads into the New Zealand society's awareness of the Maori people's plight in it's many aspects. I often think of Malietoa with a great deal of admiration about his ability to maintain his aura and status throughout the years. I pray for his well being for many more years to come and if he should be relieved of his duties, he should be proud of the fact that he presided over our tiny country that has it's people scattered to the four sides of the globe and doing our nation proud, well most of the time.
    My philosophy is very simple as I am a simple person - if I put a smile on someone's face, I feel good and I've done my job. I strive to make others feel good as I would expect from my fellow humans. With all the material in this world, I hope people would not gain it all at the expense of their souls and love other people.
    Manuia le aso

  • At 11:32 PM, Blogger Peachy.. said…

    One's mortality is often left undiscussed. To see reknown leaders succumb to illnesses and old age is inevitable. Sadly, we will see an end of an Era of Great Leaders both in Samoa and Tonga. May their legacies continue to be a shinning light... Ia aua ne'i tineia le lamepa.. Manuia... pht.

  • At 8:52 AM, Blogger jp crocka said…

    Dat's y I weep when I c the peoples of the Middle East get crushed for a reason that has since been proven false. How lucky are we to enjoy the luxuries of life without fear of bombs and the technological toys that the warmongers like to test on innocent lives. Do you sometimes reminisce of your past and laugh about many of the things especially the times when you get the 'fue' from mum, dad, aunty, uncle, grandma or even the next door neighbour when you misbehave? I sometimes do mostly with laughter but when I remember the ones that were not justified, I get disappointed. But this is nothing compared to the reality thousands of young lives are exposed to on almost a daily basis over there. Can you imagine then how the delayed reaction would be when these youngsters become adults just like us. Chaos.
    I hope that people can take the time to step back and analyse the moment, swallow your pride, and do what's viable for all. I don't ride a high horse or a bike for that matter, I normally end up in the ditch, but if we look at things closely, we only got limited time on this earth. Let's spread the love and be loved.
    Jah live and God bless.
    cheers friend,

  • At 12:03 PM, Blogger dasifi said…

    Yeah we can only speculate about what may happen afterwards should these two leaders be called to rest. Hopefully whoever will step in to fill their shoes will pick up the mantle and carry the torch with the same dignity and integrity these two have done.
    Of course no one is perfect but His Highness Malietoa and King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV have done exceptionally well as opposed to leaders like Saddam Hussein and the likes.
    O le tatalo pe o le a lava le finagalo o le Atua soifua ia pau se toa ae toe tu se toa.

    Amen to that brother JP,
    For those of us who have never seen mutilated bodies killed by mortar attacks, grenades and other powerful ammunition or having to wake up to the sound of gunfire and planes droppin' bombs on ur house I can definately say I hope I will never have to see that kind of horror in my lifetime.
    My heart goes out to the young children, women, elderly people who find themselves caught in wars/disputes that they neither contributed to can not escape from.
    Life is so fragile we can be here today and gone tomorrow but to die without never knowing what its like to live in peace is a real tragedy.
    I got sasad a lot when I was a kid..too ulavale and like you there are some that I deserved and others may be uncalled for but I was always assured of the love of my parents and family. I have great friends old as well as new ones like you my blogging mates and I can honestly say that should my time comes I leave with almost no regretts.

    Thanks for stoppin' by friends.
    Soifua ma ia Manuia.

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