If you could point towards a nationality that is great at wreaking things or never learning from their mistakes; we would sooo point towards Sri Lankans.
For the patriotic Sri Lankan who find pride in finishing the war and bringing peace; remember there is no real accomplishment in squeaky cleaning the garbage that you yourself toppled in the first place.The war was merely an illusive cover over pulled over to hide our real issues; pure incompetence and greed.
Recalling Plato in the Republic (which I believe any person interested in politics should read);
This, I said, is why good men are not willing to rule for the sake of money or honor. They don’t wish to be seen openly demanding payment for service in government, as that would earn them the name of hired hand; nor do they wish to earn the name of thief, by dipping their hand in the public till. Not being ambitious, they do not care about honor.
As a result of all this, a yoke of compulsion and penalty must be laid
upon their necks, if they are to consent to rule. And this, I imagine, is
the reason why willingly seeking office, when one might have waited
to be compelled, has been deemed dishonorable. But the essence of
the punishment is that he who refuses to rule is liable to end up being
ruled by one worse than himself.
The way I look at it, fear of this bad result makes the good take office, whenever they do, and then they approach it, not as something good or in the expectation of enjoying themselves, but as a necessary evil since they are unable to foist off the chore of ruling on anyone as good or better than themselves.…….
So I am about as far as it is possible to be from agreeing with Thrasymachus that justice is the interest of the stronger.
We are a nationality built on the “me” concept when it comes to life or politics, which is surprising in country founded on Buddhism. Where the thrust of the Buddha Dhamma is not directed to the creation of new political institutions and establishing political arrangements. Basically, it seeks to approach the problems of society by reforming the individuals constituting that society and by suggesting some general principles through which the society can be guided towards greater humanism, improved welfare of its members, and more equitable sharing of resources.
End of the day, these idealist fools want peace and prosperity through political institutions. Ignorant about the extent to which a political system can safeguard the happiness and prosperity of its people. No political system, no matter how ideal it may appear to be, can bring about peace and happiness as long as the people in the system are dominated by greed, hatred and delusion. For course, educated on public law and constitutional law, I do admit there is a role for institutional systems, which guarantees basic human rights and contains checks and balances to the use of power is an important condition for a happy in society. But, this avenue could never provide complete freedom, because complete freedom cannot be found in any system but only in minds which are free. How can we reform others when we ourselves are corrupt.
Our politicians; whether you talk about the two “respected” families or the new entrant needs to first go back to basics. Let moral conduct govern their actions; conduct which the religion they sworn to protect article 9 implore.
This post is not going to be about what political philosophy should Sri Lanka adopt but rather how we as citizens/politicans need to change our mindset and trace back to the teachings of Buddhist. Recalling from Dasa Raja Dharma;
1) be liberal and avoid selfishness,
2) maintain a high moral character,
3) be prepared to sacrifice one’s own pleasure for the well-being of the subjects,
4) be honest and maintain absolute integrity,
5) be kind and gentle,
6) lead a simple life for the subjects to emulate,
7) be free from hatred of any kind,
8). exercise non-violence,
9) practise patience, and 10) respect public opinion to promote peace and harmony.
Clearly, renting a million rupee house in the heart of colombo, state funding your own airlines for mainly private use or ethic cleansing “maybe just off” those moral expectations. Sri Lankans you too have no right to sit there and complain about how corrupt these politicians are because “good men enter politics to prevent the necessary evil” that these corrupt individuals would otherwise bring to all of us. So, if you do not like it stand up but only if you yourself are better and not merely for concept of opposition.
Of course, the same would apply to me as well but I was only 11 when I first read this statement from the Dhammapada
“The path that leads to worldly gain is one, and the path that leads to Nibbana(by leading a religious life)is another”
I strongly believe that we all choose our paths and its just that my path would never lead to provide that salvation my motherland really deserves.