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  1.' Melvin Apulu says:

    Malo lava sister for the amazing blog, I fully understand what it is you are expressing through your blog. I believe I may know the answers to the questions you have expressed, contact me. Ia Manuia le aso. Melvin Jnr

  2. Malo lava le soifua Melvin,

    The questions I have included at the end of the post are designed more for people to consider as provocation for more thinking.  It would be great if you could include your answers to the questions in this thread so that others can benefit from your knowledge and experience. 

    Toe feiloai atili i luga ole upega tafa'ilagi,


  3.' Mindy Faaeafaleupolu says:

    Hey sis, great stuff reading your blog, the concept of “o le ala I le pule o le tautua” can be applied anywhere especially in schools. Although the traditional Samoan context of the “tautua” is not as heavily emphasized these days because of the westernized rules and regulations on how to carry it out, we have all learned to adapt and adjust the phrase to our current situations. In schools, not all children are the same just as we see members in each families as well as our own. Not all are built or strive to be or want to become leaders. And it shows in their individual abilities to thrive in the school community. Serve to serve through learning how to deliver and perfect the art of serving as students. Teachers are the parental figures of the diagram. What is being taught is eminent in the outcome of the students’ effort in class or the whole year. Serving the knowledge so that our kids gain the leadership they are looking for or will attain. Management’s lead to serve is ensuring the bright future of these upcoming leaders by providing assistance for teachers and students or both to succeed. That’s my two cents.

    Manuia le aso.

  4.' Meripa Toso says:

    Faafetai tele lau afioga for all this outline information. I am using your work within content knowledge and referencing your work. Your model and explanation is really helpful to unpack what exactly the notion and practice of tautua is all about. Have you published any papers about this? If so, could you give me some links faamolemole?

    Keep that great work up!

    Ma lau faaaloalo lava Meripa

  5.' Vaa says:

    Amazing exposition, and I totally agree with you. I believe the downfall in many of Samoa’s contextual manifestation of this concept is probably the misinterpretation of the word “pule.” Many leaders in families, churches and the government parses the word “pule” as a noun. Instead, it should be translated as a verb. An action word, instead of a complacent noun. Avarice and immoral intentions in a leader influences how an institution or fellowship will develop into; and if those leaders remain in these leading roles, they misrepresent and promote a mutilated explanation of this great Samoan proverbial saying. Contrarily, if we have great serving leaders who don’t look out for their own personal interests, we’ll have an ideal utopia where everyone serves one another. That’s the great concept that Jesus Christ imposes upon us for a great community, “Ia outou fealofani.” But I guess we’re not the only culture that struggles with this. Hegel, and then Marx tried to come up with an Ideal Community where inequality can be ruled out by taking out Capitalism. But in turn, it got worse. I love your paper. Keep up the good work. Eventually, we’ll get the entire Samoa back to the equal, loving and caring community that served one another.



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