15 December, 2019

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Literate But Stupid?

By Sujata Gamage

Dr. Sujata Gamage

Dr. Sujata Gamage

A talented, vivacious and kind young woman was buried on Independence Day, the victim of a senseless crime. Apparently, a man who had been helped by the family came to rob her house thinking nobody was home, but there she was, a familiar face. A senseless murder followed, leaving a family in unfathomable grief, friends and colleagues shaken and the world a lesser place. The perpetrator too is as good as dead for his wife and children.

These sorts of senseless murders seem to happen too often. A young executive, married to a school teacher, throttles the wife in bed and kills the young son who was a witness to the crime and the infant who was nursing. Then he sets fire to the bed leaving more than enough clues to be caught.

Violence and murders are part of the human existence.  But are we at a stage in this country that murders are committed by ordinary people with unexpected cruelty and stupidity? We boast of a “98 per cent enrolment in primary education, 92 per cent participation in the compulsory span of schooling, adult literacy of 92.5 per cent and gender equality in education,” etc. but, have we allowed human decency and common sense to erode, in the process?

Mel

Mel

Jayantha Rukmini Siriwardena, an intellectual I respect, wrote an article sometime back with the title “Saksharathaava ihalayi, e vunata modayi”, meaning ‘literacy is high but stupidity is rampant’. I use the title here with apologies to her.

Similar views are expressed by Mr. Wimalaweera Dissanayake, Minister of Education, Cultural Affairs, Land, Land Development & Transport in the Eastern Province. For the last year I have been visiting the Eastern Province helping this unique politician achieve his dream of a better educational system. He would say at every opportunity that we boast of a high literacy rate and we push for success at exams, but we as a society are in a brink of total collapse.  We have lost the ability to live as human beings. We do not know how to handle life’s challenges. Faced with a challenge, you either kill somebody or kill yourself (maranavaa nathnam marenavaa). He puts much of the blame on the education system. At times I felt it was hyperbole, but, with stupidity hitting me in the face, robbing me and others of a lovely human being, I too have become a believer.

It is too easy to blame the politicians in power, but, they are a reflection of us as a society. Why can’t the present regime with the popularity it enjoys give us a moral compass, it is tempting to ask. But they too are part of web of relationships built over years of brutal war which has brought the worst of us into the fore, I think.  Our education system, of which I intend to write at length, too has made us stupider as a society.

There is no short cut out of the present situation. As Siddhartha Gautama and other enlightened beings have taught us, change begins from within, within us as individuals and families. We have to put values above all, in our own lives first.  A good place to start is the way we educate our children. Next time you visit your child’s school, ask not about grades, but, about values. Ask whether your child is learning to be a decent human being? What opportunities does he or she get to understand and empathize with others?  Ask to see the teachers’ handbooks published by the National Institute of Education. You can see them online here . Take a look at the Grade V syllabus, for example. You will be amazed by the divide between theory and practice in our education system. Demand that our education system becomes what it is supposed to be.

*Written in memory of Mel Gunasekera, 1973-2014

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    Dear Dr. Sujata Gamage,

    I couldn’t agree with you more.

    A high literacy rate does not ensure wisdom.

    The Buddha, Jesus nor Mohammed had the paper qualifications that most have today, and yet look at what they gave us!

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      Well, yes Sujatha there is much stupidity among Sinhalaya Modayas because they elect criminals and thugs as their leaders and then the corruption and rot trickles down from the top.

      Today the Rajapaksa or Jarapassa ruling family is rotten to the core – corrupt, nepotistic and militarizing Sri Lanka to remain in power forever and prevent regime change. Violence is a way of life for these looters of the public wealth and they set the example for the rest of the Sinhalaya Modayas!
      Lalith Weeratunge the President;s secretary promised CHAOS, a threat, if there is a war crimes investigation of the Rajapaksa regime. The reference was to Syria and Bashar Al Assad – Jarapassa whose corruption and criminality has trickled down to every corner of the country will DESTROY Lanka and create CHAOS before he gives up power.

      Sorry to say sister you are right – Sinhalayas are Modayas and they need to be educated to vote for honest, decent, educated people who are not Corrupt. Voter education by people like you is needed today.

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        Hey you could have fooled me!
        I though Lanka is the miracle of Asia – better than China, Japan India put together and led by the most honest and intelligent ruling family in the world…
        Sujatha, Please do not insult my hero and the great GOD KING of Sinhalaya Modayas and Sinhalaya Modayas who vote for God King- Mahinda Rajapaksa and his charming brother Gota the White van Goon!

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          But Sinhala modayas destroyed the Tamil LTTE modayas under the Catholic western educated whites.

          How is that?

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        You see how this Tamil twists Sujatha’s words to imply that she said Sinhala modayas? Typical underhand, deceitful, lying scum.

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      Dear Dt. Sugatha Gamage,

      Would you call Kiribanda Sumanasekera, literate but stupid?

      Read Below.

      An Open Letter To The American President Before His Geneva Pyrotechnics

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/an-open-letter-to-the-american-president-before-his-geneva-pyrotechnics/

      By Kiribanda Sumanasekara –

      Dear Mr. President Obama

      I am writing you before the Ides of March!!

      I am a Sinhala Buddhist from Sri Lanka and I want to be blunt right at the outset: You are an idiot!

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    Yes, this is the distinctive feature of the today´s soceity

    “literacy is high but stupidity is rampant’.”

    You are dead right. But what are the remedies that the powerful law makers have taken sofar to avoid the situtation becoming worsened hour to hour ?

    Nothing, I would not say, but not adequate measures. Those who are accountable for taking prompt actions seem to be far from undrestanding the need of the hour. So are their advisers. Those silent masses, us the folks are made powerfless, keeping facts and figures being away from the us. If the morals of the leaders could be made healthier, perhaps, we could achieve more.

    Why cant they the law makers take due actions by amending the prevailing laws inthe country, if they make wholehearted efforts ? As you say -“Violence and murders are part of the human existence”- but where there are good social systems, things work well safeguarding the security of the people. If the weeds are the key problem for a cultivation, we have to uproot them before trying to even plan further cultivation. So, in our society today, signifcant masses feel that army disserters and henchmen backed by politicians in power are the ones who plans all high crimes including murders. If this is the reality- why not MINISTER OF DEFENCE together with its police and forces react accordingly ?

    Why is that the MAGICAL wonder to the nation – Gotabaya fails to act adequately ?
    Germany and EU nations,japan and other devleoped world hold their rule of law and order to the book, regardless of the accused being relatives, friends or the like of the ruling parties. Law is held by every means equal to any citizen. They may have tiny deficiencies but most of the time, they safeguard the basic rights of the civil folks.

    I believe, people like Anura Dissanayake, Sarath fonseka undoubtedly have all valuable set of opinions, how we could restructure the society.

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    Dear Dr. Sugatha Gamage,

    Literate But Stupid? What about Child Abuse?

    “There is no short cut out of the present situation. As Siddhartha Gautama and other enlightened beings have taught us, change begins from within, within us as individuals and families. We have to put values above all, in our own lives first. A good place to start is the way we educate our children. Next time you visit your child’s school, ask not about grades, but, about values. Ask whether your child is learning to be a decent human being? What opportunities does he or she get to understand and empathize with others?”

    Siddhartha Gautama is not a good role model. Why?

    1. Siddhartha Gautama abandoned his wife and child.

    2. Siddhartha Gautama committed child abuse when the abandoned child wanted to see his father and get his inheritance, his kingdom. Siddhartha Gautama did a BAIT AND SWITCH and under duress turned the innocent child into a child monk, a Samanera. This is used to perpetuate child abuse and child Samerneras in Buddhism all over. What a curse, initiated by the Child Siddhartha Gautama.

    Only the Literate But Stupid and selfish will approve child abuse.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C4%81hula

    Child Abuse by the parents of Rahula, whether done the Buddha and his wife, for a 7-year old child, is still child abuse. Rahula wanted his kingdom. He was made a novice monk! Bait and Switch. This is child abuse. What Buddha should have done is say, son, you are too young, see and know the world, and when you are ready, become a monk.

    Read more:

    Rāhula was raised by his mother and grandfather, King Suddhodana. When he was seven years old, Rahula requested his father, missing him dearly; the Buddha returned to his home city of Kapilavatthu. On the seventh day of his return, Yasodharā took Rāhula to see his father, the Buddha. She told Rāhula that since his father had renounced the palace life and as he was the next royal prince in line, he should ask his father for his inheritance of crown and treasure for his future sake when his grandfather would no longer rule the kingdom. After the meal, Rāhula followed the Buddha, saying “Give me my inheritance.” Nobody tried to stop him, nor did the Buddha prevent him from following him. He then looked at his father and said, “Lord, even your shadow is pleasing to me.”

    Reaching the Park of Nigrodha, where the Buddha was staying, the Buddha thought to himself: “He desires his father’s inheritance, but it is wrought with troubles. I shall give him the benefit of my spiritual Enlightenment and make him an owner of a transcendental inheritance.” The Buddha called Venerable Sariputta and asked him to ordain little Rāhula who became the first Sāmanera (novice monk).

    “The King, discovering that now his grandson and a number of young men in the royal family had requested ordination, asked the Buddha only to ordain a minor with the consent of his parents or guardian. The Buddha assented. This rule was expanded to include the spouses of those intending to join the Order of monks and nuns.[5]

    Child Abuse by a Monk in Habaraduwa

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNSC93mPs4I

    Child Abuse in Tibet by the Child ordination and by Monks.
    Buddhism The Great Evil — Part 1

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNOfTGSADdY

    Buddhism The Great Evil — Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcs2PSze0I

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      Correction,

      “This is used to perpetuate child abuse and child Samerneras in Buddhism all over the world. What a curse, initiated by Siddhartha Gautama.”

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      Amarasiri you are very ignorant. I will address just the first of your many statements as life is short. Suppose your wife and son were dying of an incurable disease and the doctors said they could not help. Would you not be desparate to save them? Would you be wrong to leave them and go in search of a remedy? Old age, sickness and death were the diseases that Siddartha sought a cure for.

      If you did not know a simple thing like this, imagine the rest of your conclusions. Don’t be so cock sure about matters that you know nothing of.

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        Taraki,

        ‘Suppose your wife and son were dying of an incurable disease and the doctors said they could not help. Would you not be desparate to save them? Would you be wrong to leave them and go in search of a remedy?”

        Why the double standards for Buddha and Mohamed?

        Yes, the mother of Rahula wanted a remedy for the son, and was helpless with the husband being a monk. The husband misused it.

        If Buddha let abandoned son Rahula grow up, and then be ordained, like the others it would have been ethical. In this day and age, if a father does the same thing, it would be a calamity in the family. Of course, in 500 BC, women and children were the chattel of the husband, and they had to obey the husband.

        Same with prophet Mohammed marrying a 9-year old girl, even though offered as chattel by the parents of the girl. He should have said, wait until the marriageable age. Well, children were chattel then. That was a period when parents buried newborn girls, because they were useless.

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      Amarasiri!
      You are definitely a Muslim extremist because what you have written is nothing but Islamic propaganda.

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        punchisingho,

        DeJa Vu.

        There is no difference in Buddha making his 7-year old son a Samanera, by bait and switch, and prophet Mohamed getting married to a 9-year old girl. with permission of parents. Both are child Abuse, in my book and in my ethics.

        Watch the movie, Water about child marriages in India.

        Amarasiri does not belong to any extremist myth believing group. In fact, Amarasiri will expose those myths using data, observation and reason with support.

        1. Amarasiri has been called Atheist, Agnostic,Scientist, Ignorant, Stupid, fundamentalist etc. by a variety of myth believers. Of course this includes, the Wahhabis, Tauheed, Salafi, Deobandi, Taliban, Mahanama Sinhala Buddists, Fundamental Christians and many others.

        Amarasiri is an egalitarian, and to convince Amarasiri come with facts and data. That is what Galileo and Darwin did.

        Why?

        Because the truth is bitter. “Atta Thittai”. All the myth believers look at it through their rose colored MYTH glasses. The facts do not support their brainwashing’s.

        Suggest you read up on:

        1. Chris Hutchins and Richard Dawkins writing and u-tube videos, especially the God Delusion.

        2. Cosmos by Carl Sagan, printed 1980.

        DeJa Vu..

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      This is not really for you, who are helpless beyond imagination, this is meant for the rest who might even stop for a second and think you have a point.

      The Lord saw the nature of the world, something this person can not even begin to comprehend. He gave the best for his son, who by no means was a mere child, but who was an individual who has enough merit to be the son of the Lord himself.This was by no means child abuse, and if somebody thinks of himself wise enough to question the Lord who is the teacher of the universe, then I give give my deepest sympathies.

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      This is not really for you, who are helpless beyond imagination, this is meant for the rest who might even stop for a second and think you have a point.

      The Lord saw the nature of the world, something this person can not even begin to comprehend. He gave the best for his son, who by no means was a mere child, but who was an individual who has enough merit to be the son of the Lord himself.This was by no means child abuse, and if somebody thinks of himself wise enough to question the Lord who is the teacher of the universe, then I give him my deepest sympathies.

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    .
    “…….We boast of a “98 per cent enrolment in primary education,…..”

    If 98% were taught as Tamils are dirty, then you know where we are headed to?

    :-)

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      aratai,

      “If 98% were taught as Tamils are dirty, then you know where we are headed to? “

      This is not based on facts.

      However, the there is support for the below account, and should be taught to children so that they will not be inducted to be monks before they are mature.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C4%81hula

      Child Abuse by the parents of Rahula, whether done the Buddha and his wife, for a 7-year old child, is still child abuse. Rahula wanted his kingdom. He was made a novice monk! Bait and Switch. This is child abuse.

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      @Aratai,
      Your example is a very good one to explain how literacy could lead to stupidity.. Below excerpt is on related study.

      “Tools of Mind – The kind of learning (and, consequently, teaching) that leads to changes in development was described by Vygotsky (Vygotsky, 1978) as the situation in which children acquire specific cultural tools, handed to them by more experienced members of society . These cultural tools facilitate the acquisition of higher mental functions—deliberate, symbol-mediated behaviors that may take different forms dependent on the specific cultural context.”

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    The times they were different then, so I wonder if it’s in good taste to say unkind things of Buddha.

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      Aman Faris,

      Yes, the times were different, but the effect was the same.

      The words may sound unkind, but it is based on reported history.

      While Buddha was a great philosopher, showed the enlightened path for millions, was focused single mindedly and tried different experiments to solve the intractable problem of suffering, still, he was a human being subject to human errors of judgment, like with 7-year old son Rahula’s ordination.

      Prophet Mohamed, Rama, Galileo, Newton, Einstein all have made errors, because they are human.

      Prophet Mohamed married a 9-year old girl 1,400 years ago. Yes, the times were different, but the effect was the same. Child Abuse. We all are brainwashed to be selective in ignoring errors in our myths, and point at others errors.

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    It is the failure of the current generation of elders, leaders, scholars, clergy to guide and bring up the young people on the correct path. We have been caught in mad rush to acquire wealth, power etc and have also educated our young to do the same.

    The young and middle aged people who commit these crimes come from the lost generations of the late 70’s to the current era. Born in times of violence, killings, hatred, they have not learnt what is good in life.

    Even today the leaders and elders speak and act the language of hate, spawning further genrations of lost children. Unless the society reforms and learns to live righteous lives, this will continue. Violence begets violence, hate begets hate, hate begets violence.

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    The worse thing that happened to Sri Lanka is Tamil dissent in the form of lTTE.

    The worst however is the defeat of the LTTE and glorifying the genocide of innocent people children, women, old etc

    The Glorifying the genocide year after year and at every politcal opportunity has made people think that violence and killing is acceptable.

    They are punch drunk with violence

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      Lanka defeated LTTE terrorists and not the ordinary tamils. Where were you when LTTE herded Tamils to Mullivaykkaal to be used as human shields?

      US and Europe celebrate the defeat of Hitler. Do you know the millions of ordinary people also killed in the war?

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    This is a nice article
    About past 66 years the so called selfish political leaders are ruin the country for their future and their benefits
    As a King such are his subjects
    People follow lead of their ruler

    You will see how many pro government worshipers will jump on my throat

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    Sujatha Gamage, the caption of your article can very well serve as the title of your profile.

    You have chosen a most inappropriate example, that of the plumber, obviously a man without higher education, very likely falsely accused, not yet convicted, and his version of events unknown, to prove your thesis.

    You leave yourself also open to the charge of top lapping the politicians in power, by kind of endorsing their story how the murder of the “talented, vivacious and kind young woman” unfolded.

    In the context of some venal intellectuals of Sri Lanka bending over backwards to write/say anything to “satisfy” and profit from the powers that be, this article is out of place and inappropriate.

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    Thank you Dr. Sujata Gamage. Very True!

    If ever someone gives a view point, the critics drag the religion or the race!
    That is how our education system works!
    No respect for different view points!

    The point raised by Dr. Gamage, is that we have to put values first before anything else, and she gives examples. If you dont agree with the example, maybe provide a better one, please Mr Amarasiri.

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    An independent, well trained,efficient and honest Police force is essential to bring down the crime rate.So is the Judiciary.People should be in a position to trust the Judiciary.18th Amendment repealing the 17th Amendment spoilt the independence of all the commissions and consequently the performance of the Police force too.It is unfortunate that Dr.Shiranee Bandaranaike paved the way for the 18th Amendment to be passed. It is impossible for an educated,efficient and honest person from the Minority community to become the all powerful President/Prime Minister (e.g. as in India- Dr.Manmohan Singh) or for that matter even a less powerful Prime Minister (e.g. Lakshman Kadirgamar).When educated people like you will not enter politics only all the thugs, criminals and drug dealers only enter politics.( I don’t have to mention names as there are many but in case you need, the ruling party Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman from the south who is alleged to be a murderer and a rapist of tourists). If the perpetrator of the crime is not a politician then he is protected by the criminal,corrupt politicians. It is educated Sinhala, Buddhist Southern weaklings like you who will have to bear the responsiblity for this sorry state of affairs.Look at the Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister and its Ministers and members. Even if such persons are elected by the people the Council is not allowed to function. A good, brave Judge like Justice Sriskandarajah who will not succumb to the powers that may be, had to see four Junior Judges from the Court of appeal being promoted as Supreme Court Judges against the tradition of the Chief Justice being promoted to the first available vacancy.

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    Dr Sujatha, must have done all her education in Srilanka and never ventured overseas even on Sabbatical leave….

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    Well written Dr Sujata. We live in a society where it is necessary to lie before a child is born in order to secure a ‘so called good school’. The society is so rigid and moral that a couple who have sex before marriage are arrested in hotels by the ‘moral police’. Sexuality is suppressed to such an extent that Rape, child abuse and incest become a kind of ‘norm’ to fear. Most of all ‘Nambuwa’ (status)is the highlight be it for the Sinhalese, the Muslims or the Tamils. Come on, have you seen a modern wedding of any Sri Lankan belonging to any Ethnic group. It is all about Nambuwa! So the likes of the Dodos, continue to talk of Sinhala Modayas while joining the Sri Lankan Modaya group. Let’s face it, Sri Lankan society is full or hypocrisy and equals double standards like the society of our former Colonial power UK. So let us celebrate our Stupidity and hope that one day we will attain enlightenment, go to heaven or some thing similar while we are raising patriotic and well respected Sri Lankan citizens…

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    The fact that the Education System in Sri Lanka has failed the Nation is a reality. But can we blame an archaic education system as the sole wrong doer? The murders, suicides, amassing of wealth at the expense of the poor etc are increasing in magnitude daily. To a Socialogist Sri Lanka is a good case study for research into the numerous factors which has led us to this impasse? Ugath unath Modai is an apt term to describe the mentality kiyannan wale ,Kiyawana, duvannan wale duvana .my personal view is that our culture similar to many Asian cultures inhibit rational thinking and questioning .Conformity is the catch word. Adhering to unquestionable dogma , slogans , are easier in such a society .Amidst this chaos our intellectuals, and enlightened souls seek greener pastures in enlightened societies keeping the nation poorer in mind. In this environment the remaining rational thinking people should bring in an Enlightened leadership in politics and all other spheres.

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    Dear Tolco:
    Your make a valid point about my use of the term ‘stupid’ – although a bit too harshly:)

    I was indeed debating about the use of the word stupid. I purposely added the example of a young executive show that these kinds of behaviors cross class lines. Education in a big name national schools would not yield a better product than a village school. A culture of intolerance and ignorance permeates through the system.

    I am still looking for a better expression which is not too long. Perhaps better to say we are literate but lack ‘common decency and common sense”?

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    The article is about something else where as the comments are desperately trying to use it to fulfill their own agendas. How pathetic you guys!

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    Sujatha,

    You say ” A good place to start is the way we educate our children. Next time you visit your child’s school, ask not about grades, but, about values. Ask whether your child is learning to be a decent human being?”

    I think you got it wrong here – totally.

    It is the chidren who need to educate the elders. It is us the elders who commit dastardly crimes. It is we the elders who teach chidren racial and religious begotry. It is the elders who teach the child how to hate his friends and classmates just because the other child’s mother tongue is different. The child is the one who can teach the elders how to be decent human beings. Not the other way about.

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      BBS Rep,

      You hit the nail in the head. Children are born innocent, and are programmed by the elders to follow their beliefs, their myths, their preferences, their innovations and their traditions, and those who challenge theses are punished or reprimanded. Excerpts from Ms. Shamrmini Seeasingha’s article:

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/

      Buddha’s words-

      “Believe nothing, in the faith of traditions,
      even though, they have been held in honor,
      for many generations, and in diverse places.

      Do not believe, a thing, because many people speak of it.
      Do not believe, in the faith, of the sages of the past.
      Do not believe, what you yourself have imagined,
      persuading yourself, that a God inspires you.

      Believe nothing, on the sole authority, of your masters and priests.
      After examination, believe what you yourself, have tested
      and found, to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.” The Buddha

      A case in point, as it is recorded nowhere, of the Buddha having said, is that alms must be offered to monks, in one’s home or at a temple, seven-days, three-months and one-year after a death, in one’s family.

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    Literacy is the ability to read and write. 92.5% of adult literacy surely must be an inflated figure. Why there is so much violence and murders in Sri Lanka? The reason is that the Sri Lankans are so religious. Even the guy who murdered Mel Gunasekara may be very religious. Look at the large number of people attending Temples and Churches. The Buddhist don’t dare not to wear Pirith Nool(chanted threads) around their wrists as if the thread can conduct the super power of Pirith chanted by Bikkus like Gnanasara. Present day political leaders have convinced the stupid Sri Lankans that the way to Nirwana is to become more and more religious.

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      Patriot,

      Your comment supports, what Karl Marx said:

      “Religion is the Opium of the Masses”.

      Was Karl Marx a “Prophet”? He is much more accurate and better than the Old Testament “Prophets”.

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    ‘literacy is high but stupidity is rampant’ is true of this author too. I do not subscribe to this story of “a man who had been helped by the family came to rob her house thinking nobody was home, but there she was, a familiar face. A senseless murder followed”.

    No forensic psychologist will believe this yarn but all the literate but stupid in Sri Lanka do. Intelligent people will require a torture free investigation supported by forensic psychology, and expert in intelligence methodologies and a few other things that I will not mention here. Not everyone is a literate fool – or possibly a government plant to legitimize a deadly ‘removal of threat’- like this Sujatha idiot author. The murdered woman had access to business intelligence of a sort that exposed the impact of government policies on poverty and the impact of government operational cultures on human rights and social psychology.

    Just as there is no such thing as a free lunch there is no such thing as a co incidence either, and the other academic idiots – especially those who have access to information that can expose the government – had better keep this in mind. No more white vans but plenty of other mishaps especially in those brand new loan bought cars of yours. Keep in mind also that most causally hired labor consists of supposedly ex armed forces personnel who can kill with their bare hands if required to and they can make all kinds of accidents happen. So Good luck my educated idiots I will not forget that most of you support what is going on and many of you have been handsomely rewarded.

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    Dear All,

    Stupidity of Sri lankan should be praised by the whole world. I read a good article and then wanted to read the comments just to get a glimpse of what people thought about the article.

    To my surprise they are arguing about religion and politics and trying to prove their absurd arguments.

    Now this clearly shows the brains washing and stupidity which exists even at the level where we call intellectuals of the country. Blame should be made to all the religious leaders, politicians and educationist who’s shortsightedness and extreme ideologies which has spoiled this country to the root.

    The main objective of education systems should be not to create a man of knowledge but a man of wisdom who has the patient and the ability to live side by side by people who has different ideologies . Further in creating a man who has the ability to differentiate right from wrong.

    In addition to the above crime rate of a country depends on multiple parameters , Yes education system can be held as the main tool of fighting crimes . But the status of the economy and wealth distribution, Drug abdication should also be taken in to consideration.

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    ‘Literate but uneducated ‘ may be also a catch phrase that can be applied to the multitude in this country, including university graduates, with considerable degree of accuracy! If not we will not be where we are now!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      “‘Literate but uneducated ‘ may be also a catch phrase that can be applied to the multitude in this country, including university graduates, with considerable degree of accuracy!”

      What about old codgers harping on about good old days?

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      You would have noticed in my previous comments I had pointed out that there was difference between education and wisdom.

      Education is merely a tool to secure employment. In this competitive possessive individualistic global village wisdom is meaningless as you would see below what C. B. Macpherson had to say about possessive individualism:

      1. What makes a man human is freedom from dependence on the wills of others.

      2. Freedom from dependence on others means freedom from any relations with others except those relations which the individual enters voluntarily with a view to his own interest.

      3. The individual is essentially the proprietor of his own person and capacities, for which he owes nothing to society.

      4. Although the individual cannot alienate the whole of his property in his own person, he may alienate his capacity to labour.

      5 Human society consists of a series of market relations.

      6. Since freedom from the wills of others is what makes a man human, each individual’s freedom can rightfully be limited only by such obligations and rules as are necessary to secure the same freedoms for others.

      7. Political society is a human contrivance for the protection of the individual’s property in his person and goods, and (therefore) for the maintenance of orderly relations of exchange between individuals regarded as proprietors of themselves. (263-4)

      – understandingsociety

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        Native Vedda,

        Thanks. The old codgers are there to alert us to the fact that only positive memories of a life time are remembered in old age- a blessing.

        What we call education today, is definitely what you describe. However, it is a misnomer to describe the system that imparts knowledge only, today.

        Education = Knowledge + Culture + wisdom

        Knowledge = literacy + information + skills
        Culture =. Refinement of mind, morals and taste, which in combination discipline man in terms of many facets if his personality.
        Wisdom = ability to discern what is right and question existing norms in terms of thoughts and actions, to point to or bring about positive outcomes. It manifests in how we apply the combination of knowledge and culture in our lives.

        Most of us have knowledge. Some of us have culture combined with knowledge. Yet others are not very literate, but are cultured. However, a large majority of us lack wisdom,

        Our education system and society are in combination mass producing knowledgeable individuals, sans or with minimum culture and wisdom, who consider themselves educated. It is the tyranny of knowledge, in our case primarily literacy that is holding us hostage. We are drowning in knowledge, but have almost lost the culture and wisdom that elevated us to become a species that was different from our colleagues in the animal kingdom.

        Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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    One should also consider the impact of rampant alcohol and drug abuse in Sri Lanka today.This, together with the fact that hundreds of thousands of children are growing up in single parent
    homes due to the middle east factor is a recipe for disaster . Politicians are not interested, as remittances from expat workers topped US$ 7 Billion in 2013 .

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    Education has nothing to do with the intentions of people who have criminal ideas to make money.

    Tamils always claim they are well educated but they supported a grade seven dropout Prabhakaran who was a smuggler-killer criminal. Not only that Tamils accepted a grade two dropout saloon sweeper Tamil Selvan as their political commissar. So far we don’t know anything about the “political” theories of LTTE.

    If people can reap gains through crimes, educated people also join criminals. That is the Tamil/Sinhala style!

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    I wonder what role former military personnel have in crimes being committed in SL these days? A large number of young men, SL soldiers and former LTTE members, who have been trained in nothing other than how to kill, intimidate and destroy property is a big liability for the country. What is being done to integrate these people in to the econoomy? How successful are these efforts?

    If these elements are not integrated to non-violent professions, murder for hire, kidnapping and abductions etc. are likely to increase – Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador etc. are good examples of such a phenomenon.

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    Most of the comments on this thread only goes to prove what Sujata says,
    “Literate but Stupid”.

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      Mahadana Muththa (Jnr)

      “Most of the comments on this thread only goes to prove what Sujata says, “Literate but Stupid”.

      Have you included mine too?

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    Its too late to make an analysis of who the “Modayas” are. Unfortunately the average Sri Lankan is not an intelligent voter. He gets swayed by all the promises of all the goons who contest elections which also include the so called beautiful faces seeking to be in the Parliament but work only with quarter of their brains that is if they have one. The country is kaput and it could take another hundred years to resurrect it.Good luck to all of us

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