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๐˜‰๐˜บ ๐˜›๐˜ถ๐˜ฒ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฒ๐˜ข ๐˜“๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ

In the early 90s, a group of Solomon Islands students at USP in Suva, Fiji, were discussing about the development trajectories and issues facing their country. They were young people reflecting on their futures. In midst of the discussion, one of them interjected saying, โ€œ๐˜“๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ถ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ข ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ข. ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ซ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฎ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข, ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ซ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ข, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ต, ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฐ. ๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜š๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ข ๐˜ช๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข.โ€ They laughed off his comment as silly. However, this morning as I read Solomon Islandersโ€™ complain about the lack of medicine and other supplies at the National Referral Hospital and health centers throughout the country, the ailing economy, the unaffordable cost of living, the poor state of infrastructure and social services, etc. I thought about that studentโ€™s comment. Of course itโ€™s impossible and perhaps undesirable to physically go back to the 16th century when Alvaro de Mendana and his mob came to our islands in 1568. Unless of course we can time travel. (๐˜ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜Œ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜”๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฌ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ-๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด, ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ). What we can do is time travel intellectually: travel back in time and learn about what institutions, development models, land tenure systems, legal systems, education systems, etc. worked or didnโ€™t work. We can time travel, not only into our pasts, but other peopleโ€™s pasts as well and learn from them. (๐ผ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘˜ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘โ„Ž๐‘›๐‘–๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘š ๐‘–๐‘  โ€œโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆโ€). We must of course reflect on how those situations adapt to our current contexts and future scenarios. That will enable us to travel not only into the past, but also to the future and to create alternative futures. One of the tragedies of our current situation is that we never dare to time travel. Maybe it is because most people are too preoccupied with daily survival they do not have the time and energy to time travel. I canโ€™t blame them. There are however some who, not only have the time and space, but are also paid to time travel โ€“ to learn from the past, assess the present, and map out future trajectories. But they donโ€™t do it either because they are too lazy or simply incompetent. Their ineptitude could cost this country its future. Thereโ€™s another bunch who benefit from the current situation and therefore have no interest in time traveling, or in changing the state of affairs. Many of them are in parliament. They therefore flood the masses with handouts that create dependencies causing many in our societies to become economically unproductive. (๐˜œ๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฎ, ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ). Central to dependency is the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and development model and the political culture it has engendered. One doesnโ€™t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that despite billions of dollars spent on CDFs since its inception in the 1980s, it has no positive impact on the countryโ€™s economy or on the livelihoods of most of our people. This was enumerated in the 2019 census household survey, which concludes the โ€œCDF has no positive impact on peopleโ€™s livelihood.โ€ Furthermore, the CDF has had a corrosive impact on the countryโ€™s political cultures, including election processes and outcomes. It benefits those who control the CDF and are therefore inclined to keep the country in its present quagmire.

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This morning as I read peopleโ€™s complains, it baffled me that they could dire complain after having elected into power the same government, with the same policies, the same development approaches, and mostly the same people. How could they expect things to change? And then it dawned on me that we need to time travel to the past to learn and build to alternative futures. We must dire to time travel beyond science fiction.

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