I have heard a nice story: After the tsunami the priministers of several affected countries visited Sakraya. First PM of India meets him and asks, how long it will it take for his country to be a developed nation ? Sakraya explains that it will take at least 50 years and Manamohan Singh starts to cry as he will not be alive to see this. Thailand PM learns from Sakraya that it will take 200 years to develop his country. He starts to cry saying not even him but his grand children too will not be able to see the developed Thailand. Finally the Sri Lnakan PM asks the same question and all of a sudden Sakrya starts to cry. Our PM asks the sakraya why is he crying. Sakraya says in very sad mood that even he, the Sakraya, will not see a developed Lanka during his life time.
Though the above story is a joke, I right now feel that it is 100% true. If we all keep silent even sakraya will not see a developed Sri Lanka. So I will invite everybody to take a look at the actual situation in the country and do something. I do not know what.
Dear Mr. Rubasinghe
My comments are based on my convictions as much a yours. I believe that the information we find in the web sites are useful for more than one reason. It is educative, it brings a dialog as to whether practical or not, and most importantly makes it a challenge to the decision makers , administrators and politicians to accept, reject or ignore. The opposite is if such information do not flow, views are not put forward (as we are doing now) these decision makers , administrators and politicians would have had a one way street (a super high way) and mind you it is justified. The general public (us ) should take the responsibility for being silent.
The relief schemes offered by the government has reached only 30%. (or what ever the figure) The government has accepted it. Which means they have taken the responsibility. I see this as a positive trend. This compels the officials to speed up, other social groups to intervene and push the process. We as the general public could play a role in this, we may come across those poor people who are affected and some times needs help and direction in getting the relief, lets help them, lets educate them and prevent them from falling a prey to the hands of unscrupulous elements in our society.
I too have heard that lot of people talking about the need for counseling , we should tell them to enroll to governmental and nongovernmental organizations to train themselves to become counselors , this is a professional job. All those who have the desire may not be able to do so. They should understand and leave it to those who are able to do. If not they could do harm to themselves and to the victim. There is no shortcut here. The need of the hour is to mobilize already trained counselors , I am sure those Principals who understands the need for counseling knows where to look for assistance or lets tell them where to look for, Please let us not allow them to sleep, let us bring pressure by providing information.
We know how to blame, but we do not have a plan . We are the best critics, but we do not have a solution.
We hail other countries, and their leaders whilst we condemn our own Nation and our leaders. To the extent of making jokes and laughing. We are laughing to ourselves. What a pity as a Nation we accept we are bunch of negative people.
What is to be done
Lets have a simple clear mindset
When we hear those who blame let’s politely ask them whether they have a plan, from those who criticizes let’s politely ask for their solution. This is not to put them off but to make them think.
Encourage at all times, those who come up with plans & solutions to problems
In any society you have the
Positive minded (minority 20%) those who could support & effect a change.
Dormant (majority 60%) those who wants to wait and see, mind your own business type, lacks challenge
Negative minded. (minority 20% ) Picks any thing to criticize, No solutions, loves to spread stories, believes in gossip, ability to influence others very fast.
The shift of the Dormant to be positive will determine the course of this Nation.
Dear Mr. Rubasinghe, thank you so much for putting forward your views. If you did not write I would not have written either. We may have just laid two bricks, but that’s how buildings are built.