Re: Defining sustainable development
Dr 'Okusitino Mahina's political and economical insight seems way beyond his field of anthropology, which is basically analysing and comparing fossils and artifacts from the past Pacific history.
His insight in Tongan politics today is irrelevant, he studies Past history! not present! Maybe soon, once the Monarchy will end, he can pick up the fossils and analyze them and give his students a lecture on post-Monarchy rule in the Pacific.
His infamous words from Heraclitus shows a man of many words but no meaning or depth! It was like Dr. 'Okusitino was picking any quote even by Hitler to make out that his jargons will hide the fool behind the letters that even he thinks he is a medical Doctor.
To all those laypeople who are sick and tired of the so called Doctor of philosopher typing a letter to the editor with no such meaning, like he is writing his last thesis for the year. (Hint, as in Boring bad journalism)
Heraclitus was a Greek philosopher and who had outrageous ideas that today, if people still believe in his theories like Doctrine of flux and all his outrageous theories then they must be ignorant that the world has moved on from the 6th Century BC when he was around.
Furthermore, if you were going to pick a Greek philosopher please choose the ones that have mathematicians and other scholars still amazed about them, after all their theorems have been named after them. And their theories actually work in the real world. Like for example, Pythagoras and Archimedes. Not the one you stated that has not once contributed to civilisation today! Heraclitus was a critic to everything that made sense, and tried to see it another way that nobody could, that is why he is just one of the philosophers that you and I only know that NOBODY KNOWS!
Please, write from your heart and mind! not from other people's philosophy about Tonga's economy and politics. Great leaders and scholars today don't write and definately don't refer to Greek philosophers.
To conclude, Nelson Mandela once said to a reporter who asked him about apartheid in South Africa when he was in jail. His only response, was "The struggle is my life".
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