In The Spirit Of Tolerance And Peace, A Happy New Year To All Our Contributors And Readers !

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In the spirit of tolerance and peace, Colombo Telegraph wish, all our contributors and readers a Happy New Year!

 

I would like to say two things — one intellectual and one moral. The intellectual thing I should want to say to them is this; when you are studying any matter or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only what are the facts and what is the truth that the facts bear out. Never let yourself be diverted either by what you wish to believe or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed, but look only and solely at what are the facts. That is the intellectual thing that I should wish to say.

The moral thing I should wish to say to them is very simple — I should say love is wise, hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other. We have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don’t like. We can only live together in that way, and if we are to live together and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet

Bertrand  Russell

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18 Responses to In The Spirit Of Tolerance And Peace, A Happy New Year To All Our Contributors And Readers !

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    Thank you and to you too CT and thank you for sharing this great speech!

    Guanapala Nanayakkara - US
    December 31, 2012 at 9:58 pm
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    Thank you! Hope CT will be able to give more alternative views in coming year. I appreciate your impartiality. Love is wise,hatred is foolish. Never let yourself be diverted either by what you wish to believe or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed, but look only and solely at what are the facts!!!

    Herath KKS
    December 31, 2012 at 10:04 pm
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      Herath KKS Happy holidays. For a change I am indeed refreshed by sane voice of a Conscientious Objector. The professional war mongers on both sides of the divide need to listen to this clip.

      Native Vedda
      January 1, 2013 at 12:30 am
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    To see through an year globally characterised by economic, social and political turmoil and usher in one, hopefully, that may usher in the New Year with greater joy and peace the choice of the philosophical thoughts of Lord Russell – a giant among men in the 20th century – is a splendid one. In Russell’s message one sees those ingredients that great men, down the ages, have identified as those essential to produce peace, joy and happiness in mankind – reason, justice, love, compassion and tolerance. This great teacher and humanist advocates the abhorrence of hatred as he made the headlines in the 1960s in his campaign against Nuclear proliferation. His sharp warnings against MAD (mutually assured destruction) to both power blocs then was as true then as it is now and in the future. I do not wish to comment on his remarks on morality – an area in which he left much room for speculation in his private life. Senguttuvan

    Senguttuvan
    December 31, 2012 at 10:40 pm
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    Thank you CT and the Journalists for your valuable contribution throughout 2012. We love you for your open, frank and unbiased views and also for letting us to write and share our own views. Yes,we strongly believe that Love without borders and self without hatred will enlighten all mankind to unite as one being. Hope and pray the wisdom to understand this simple truth will fall upon everyone in this New Year 2013.

    Jayantha
    December 31, 2012 at 11:33 pm
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    Happy New Year to CT and all its readers and commentators as well. May the facts be held sacred and may love and tolerance pervade.

    Safa
    January 1, 2013 at 12:57 am
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    Colombo Telegraph WISH YOU ALL HAPPY NEW YEAR, THANKS FOR WHAT YOU ARE CONTRIBUTING AND DOING FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE ALL, WHO LOVE OUR COUNTRY WISH YOU ALL HAPPY NEW YEAR AND UNINTERRUPTED GOVERNANCE FOR OUR PEOPLE, [SPECIALLY FREE FROM JARAAPASSA AND HOOTHAMBAYA CLAN]

    JULAAMPITYE AMARAYA
    January 1, 2013 at 2:31 am
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    Thank You CT sharing with us in this confused state of minds this vision for the new year just dawned : ‘Love is wise;hatred is foolish’

    Chandra Seneviratne
    January 1, 2013 at 3:20 am
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    Wish CT and those making it what it is, the very best in the new year. I hope we continue to learn of issues, hear the opinion of others and let others know what we think, unhindered in the coming year. CT , I hope will continue to be the vehicle and lynch pin for this journey. I also hope that websites like CT in Sinhalese and Tamil will come on line early on in this new year. Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran
    January 1, 2013 at 4:39 am
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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran: “I hope we continue to learn of issues,” No chance, when stupid people are in denial mode.

      Native Vedda
      January 1, 2013 at 9:35 am
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    Let’s hope contribution from CT much more toward mutual understanding, respect and peace instead tolerance and peace. I wish CT, Writers of CT and readers of CT a very happy new year.

    Ummu Hana
    January 1, 2013 at 5:17 am
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    Happy New Year to friend, foes, imposters and everyone Leela

    Villager
    January 1, 2013 at 9:13 am
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    Happy New Year indeed. May the Rajapaksas be dethroned and Sri Lanka recovers its place in the community of civilised nations!

    Ainsley
    January 1, 2013 at 10:53 am
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    welldone CT… and congratulations for having survived the onslaught of few fake journalists the imposters and the modayas {the pseudos} who contributes regularly through their backsides instead of the use of their brains. May the true democracy prevail in our beloved land of milk and honey and among very few websites as CT where one is confident to express. Good luck in 2013.

    Olympian.
    January 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm
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    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO THE EDITORS, MODERATORS, ETC. OF THE CT WHO ARE RENDERING A UNIQUE SERVICE IN THE INTEREST OF OUR COUNTRY, AND TO ALL WRITERS AND COMMENTATORS WHO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS DEVELOPING A GOOD THINKING TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD AS A COUNTRY OF JUSTICE AND FREEDOM TO ALL THE PEOPLE. LET US ALL MAKE MORE CONSTRUCTIVE CONTRIBUTION IN 2013.

    Mohmar
    January 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm
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    Best wishes to CT, the columnists and the commentators on this forum. Looking forward to an eventful year ahead. Kindest regards.

    vishvajith
    January 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm
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    Good wishes to CT. You have the blessings of all, right minded, Sri Lankans. May you continue to do the good work for ever!

    P.B
    January 4, 2013 at 4:54 am
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    Hard working CT Jornos and their support Staff have done a tremendous job in 2012,to provide this platform for people who care about Srilanka to put forward their views. These views may be moulded by straight forward affection for the motherland and her inhabitants, and see them get ahead in their lives , providing for their dependents, without having to beg and borrow. Others may express views which are driven by anger and hatred. As Mr Russell says we have to learn to live together and put up with the fact that some people may say thinhgs that we don’t like like. Hope CT will keep up thier good work,and wish its staff a healthy and happy 2013. providng a platform for to accomodate the different views of different group

    K.A Sumanasekera
    January 9, 2013 at 8:58 am
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