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Blame Canada!

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I know I want to participate in this revolution. In fact I feel compelled to do so, it's clearly one of the most exciting things that is occurring worldwide. I have countless ideas to try, some will flop, but they have to be new. Old politics is tired, we can try new things. Modesty and understanding are old concepts, but new ways of thinking.

They are inherent in one particular language, which is easy to learn, entertaining even to read (as an English speaker), as we start to understand the many things indigenous cultures can teach us about understanding our overly complicated lives.

I'm not sure learning Tok Pisin will assist me. But we know that Papua New Guinea is a fascinating, unique, paradoxical place. We know that Tok Pisin, the national language of Papua New Guinea, has promoted tolerance, acceptance and understanding amongst historical and current tribal enemies, minimising war, in the most ethnically diverse nation on earth. In addition, I suspect that not only does it combine many languages, but it also with its layers of metaphor and happenstance, explains Australian colonialist culture, which is complex and confusing, to them. Together with all this, when I was there, many moons ago, especially in one particular place, they appeared to just be so damn happy to me. They don't have many perfect roads, or perfect healthcare, but they deeply care and are connected to our planet. I don't blame Christianity for their perceived happiness, not at all. I blame their cross cultural communication, and their profound modesty and respect by actively conserving their hundreds of traditional languages and cultures. It's right there, in the simple philosophies inherent in everyday Tok Pisin.

Blame Canada and Tok Pisin!

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