By Chandra Jayaratne –
Facebook-Epidemics- Parasites and Pandemics
The media reports that the President has branded the facebook as an epidemic and advised school children to trust the visible gods. The million dollar question now before citizens is to identify the real parasites that may cause a pandemic, which will in turn destroy the emerging ‘Miracle of Asia’.
Epidemics of infectious disease are generally caused by a change in the ecology of the host population, a genetic change in the parasite population or the introduction of a new parasite to a host population. Generally, an epidemic occurs when host immunity to a parasite population is suddenly reduced below that found in the endemic equilibrium and the transmission threshold is exceeded. When an epidemic affects a substantial number of people over several locations it may be termed a pandemic.
Casinos the New Parasite?
Is Casinos the new parasite introduced in to our society? Will this new entrant introduce a genetic change in the host population (ie. our citizens), especially the young, youth and productive contributors to growth? Will the combination of the new and existing parasites together undergo genetic change and produce a deadly virus strain that can cause lethal infections in humans of our society? Will this lead to an uncontrolled pandemic that will result in the core of our society and the nation as a whole being destabilized?
The Control of Parasites
It is a matter of utmost priority that the parasites, their agents and complementary partners in the host population are identified, separated and their origins ascertained. Who or what originates them, in what external environments do they grow and how do they become virulent and deadly are facts to be ascertained. Following this, the necessary preventive, control and destroying agents, antidotes along with follow up surgical procedures should also be discovered.
Parasites are Destroying Society
The Parasites are already destroying the citizens at large, slowly. They are impacting the young, youth and productive human resources, who are the agents of physical and mental capability, productivity, and growth of tomorrow. They are the seeds of societal values and norms, socio-cultural and ethnic heritage, environmental sustainability, and national value addition leading to future long term growth and prosperity. Regrettably however, little or no remedial or control action is being taken by our leaders in politics, governance, business, media and civil society to control and eradicate these deadly parasites.
Identifying Early Parasites
The Education system, especially the secondary and tertiary systems, which fail to produce young and youth with required capability (wide and essential knowledge base, skills empowering value adding lives and livelihoods, correct attitudes and work ethics and acceptable societal values and norms) are the early impacting parasites. The home and school environments, which due to a multitude of economic and social barriers fail to neither endow young and youth with necessary physical and mental qualities nor enhance their capability are the other early parasites. The media, religious institutions and elders, who also fail to be value adding catalysts in a full empowerment process of these budding young trees of the nation, are the third of the early parasites. Physical and mental health, nutrition, IQ, creativity, innovativeness and leaderships are some of the other areas destroyed by specific and combined early parasites.
Specific set of societal parasites have also been identified to have destroyed the acceptable values and correct attitudes in society. These parasites lead the productive human resources to a state of being undisciplined, uncaring, narrow minded, win at all costs, and ignore accountability to family/community/society and nation, and are easily provoked, have extremist tendencies and are driven by human greed and selfishness. These parasite dominated elements, who are very unfortunately now present in significant numbers in society are also not conscious of collective responsibilities and accountability for peace, harmony, social justice, and environmental and ecological protection.
Home Grown Parasites
An identified small but politically well connected group of lethal parasites, spread and damage society through the promotion of socially unacceptable practices linked to the consumption, especially by young and youth, of liquor, smoke, addictive chemical compositions and physically and mentally harmful food, drinks, narcotics, dangerous drugs and other similar products. These promotions are directly associated with the hosting of events at night clubs, social clubs, bars, Karaoke houses, private parties at homes, hostels and star class hotels, as well as Shisha and Hookah Smoking events, beach parties and musical events. These events are mainly held late evenings and at night, and go on well past mid night. The use of narcotic and dangerous drugs is most common at these events. The trade and services support for these events are organized by another set of dangerous parasites and they collectively meet the needs of different social segments, disposable incomes and make available environments conducive for consumption. These parasites service these events as a supply chain for all needs, including bites, music, and space, with quiet corners and cover behind trees and overgrown bushes. When requested temporary rooms are also made available. These well knit supply chain parasites cater to all requirements, tastes and habits of their market.
The products on offer extend from light and hard liquor (local, illicit and imported), cigarettes, performance enhancing drinks at one end; to Corex type cough syrups and ecstasy type tablets in the middle; to hard narcotics and dangerous drugs at the extreme end.
The consumer segments and their needs and expectations are well identified. Marketing, distribution and associated services are aligned to support every customer need, irrespective of place, time and restrictions. Services offered are packaged to satisfy market opportunities.
Amongst these added services are the socially unacceptable parasites, prostitution, gay/lesbian partners, child sex options, and pornography of all types and kinds,
A vice set of associated parasites cater with other options for gambling, dangerous sports, use of fast cars, and even cater to the needs of clients valuing social symbols. The market opportunities provided for wealth demonstrating assets accumulation, and public communication through social media, fashion pages and magazines, meeting the aspirations of some consumers.
These social trends require liquid cash resources. A well organized set of parasites lead these consumers to engage in indiscriminate borrowings, which are made easily available, but at a high cost both financially and in terms of risks of physical harm. This consumer segment provides the parasites with an easy avenue to invest ill gotten gains, black money and proceeds of crime, including money from narcotic peddling.
The next level of parasites are those who engaged in or organize indiscriminate murder, thuggery, extortion, blackmail, rape, sexual and other abuse of women and children. These parasites too do not respect the rights of ordinary citizens, elders and marginalized segments of society.
All these parasites act in ways which are alien to our societal norms, ethno religious values and our heritage. They thrive in what they do and rake in enormous gains, which are shred with their network partners in high seats of power.
The Regulatory Parasites
Another set of very dangerous parasites in the chain link are those in charge of law enforcement, regulation and dispensing justice. These parasites maintain close networks with parasites in positions of power, and remain blind to the reality, the operating environment, see acts of evil but do not act, influence others not to take remedial action .Some others actively promote regulation, law enforcement and delivery of justice to be overlooked and bypassed and effectively frustrate the rule of law.
The Communication Parasites
There are specially grown, promoted and protected parasites networked to the state media, who actively work against the interests and objectives of those seeking social justice, rule of law and good governance. Using state resources, they neutralize the antidotes and antibiotics introduced by caring civil society. They use diversionary tactics leveraging the media resource power and even go on to destroy the good name and image of protectors of rights and democracy, by blackening their image with lies, libelous statements and misrepresentations.
Missing Parasite legalized
Casinos are surely the latest addition to this parasite colony. It has been now formally introduced camouflaged as development and legalized, with an accompanying attractive package of incentives.
The combined new colony of parasites will be out of control and outside the reach of the antidotes and antibiotics in the hands of the civil society. With the active support of the power parasites and their cohort parasites in governance and business, a mafia style takeover of society, and debilitating society as a whole with a pandemic before long are the scientist’s predictions.
The Origin and Cause of Parasites
Scientists have identified that all the lead and lethal parasites are created, incubated, grown, released and protected by leaders in direct link with those with political power, their chosen few governance lethal parasites partners and the supporting cast of cohort mafia. These parasites are well protected from agencies and institutions set up for good governance, application of the rule of law and assurance of social justice.
A Nation’s Dichotomy!
A re we “a land like no other” as we find;
- Buddhism has been given the foremost place by the Constitution whilst those who have sworn to uphold it, promote all the vices to be avoided according to Lord Buddha
- Animal slaughter for consumption and religious observances are to be controlled, but young and youth are exposed to risks of disability and early death by parasites freely marketing dangerous drugs and narcotics.
- The face book to be an epidemic requiring control and awareness. However, physically and mentally damaging food, drinks, drugs and narcotics are promoted and gambling, casinos, prostitution and associated investments are promoted with incentives and tax concessions
- The dengue epidemic is given focused attention with public participation in an eradication war, but no attention is paid to societal parasites endangering the lives and livelihoods of millions of citizens
- The death of a terrorist bird imprisoned in a prison cage is deemed not a human rights violation and we promote the human life degrading vice industries for the sake of tax revenue and investments
- We charge, find guilty and punish for corrupt action an offender not declaring non operating bank accounts in an asset declaration, whilst a majority of those in power positions appear to make no declarations at all and mega corruption and policy capture corruption involving the parasites are ignored
- A cartoonist disappears because of political satire whilst king pins real parasites importing and distributing narcotics and dangerous drugs are rewarded with positions of power, protection and even given top media coverage
- An editor leading expose news is killed in daylight near a high security zone and investigations are incomplete for years, whilst a Rolex watch and forex robbed from VIP’s residence is recovered within days and the source of wealth accountability is not an issue
- Taxes on fast cars are reduced and duty on milk foods increased
- Politically connected persons responsible for murder, rape, child and sexual abuse, assault of police officers, robbery of valuable artifacts from museums and protected sites, damage of the environment, deforestation and land grabbing, escape punishment and are outside the rule of law, whilst a military court find war wining general guilty of minor offences and is placed in prison
- Journalists with damning information are visited by goons and are quizzed by the CID whilst Asia’s biggest haul of heroin in grease cans discovered in the land now believed to be the main narcotic transshipment hub and accountability for the gold haul recovered from the LTTE have no god fathers to progress investigations with commitment
The Role of Civil Society
The time has come for civil society leaders to educate the public and make them aware of the parasites in the colony, who can cause the debilitating pandemic and prioritize their focus on the urgency of building a collective voice demanding the control and elimination of these parasites, before they strike back with full force and control democracy, rights, and social justice, touch the valuable human resources with their lethal viruses and make them a burden on society in this ‘land like no other’.
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