Colombo Telegraph

We Sri Lankans Must Reset Our Nation’s Moral Compass 

By Arun Kumaresan

Arun Kumaresan – Air Vice Marshal (Ret’d)

The only thing strong enough to tear apart Sri Lanka is Sri Lanka itself and we have seen it starting but now it is up to us to stop it. That’s what the crisis is all about that engulfed us, post 26th October. It’s time to wake up from the deep slumber; we are in. May we ask ourselves; who is in the entrance of the hell? As now it is all of us. This is Sri Lanka and we Srilankans deserve very much better as citizens who have cherished and enjoyed a functional democracy spanning over 70years.

This is not about Maithripala Sirisena, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Mahinda Rajappaksa nor UNP. SLFP, SLPP etc etc. Neither, it is about Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims Burgers etc etc nor Buddhists, Hindus, Christian & Islamic faithfuls, Non conformists, Atheists, LGBTQs, Bramachariyas etc etc 

This is a battle for the soul of Sri Lanka to preach the need for our political leaders to promote decency and act with moral integrity. There is an urgent need for all of us to come forward in unison to reset the moral compass of our nation and we have to do that; both now, immediately and urgently.

We need Srilankans, who are authentic, who don’t bully or belittle other people, who treat people with dignity and respect and who simply tells the truth to come together. Truth is truth & it is nothing but truth. Honesty is honesty & it is nothing but honesty. Morality has a well defined line between the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. That threshold does not shift due to our legitimate passions to our race, religions, political ideology or any beliefs. Morality does not have special preferences, liking or dislike for any of the above

The forces of hate and terror have descended on our political scene, going after people for their political belief, the race one belong or their religion. We Sri Lankans, have to recognize that words matter; hate and terror divide us. Sri Lanka is so much better than this. Yes, we are so much better than this. We know that sometimes it feels like these days like anger and hatred and viciousness overwhelms us. Unfortunately, our leaders who have to set the tone and dial down the temperature, restore some dignity to our national dialogue of good governance (yahapanaya) are now acting in opposite. That is disgraceful. It is up to us -we the Srilankans; each and everyone one of us who have the power to change to join together and resolve to challenge our leaders acting in contempt and deceit. 

Yes, we are never going to be able to eliminate the bigots, political mafias and cults; but we should rise to challenge them without allowing them to hold us in ransom. They’ll continue to be vocal, but may we who believe in morality make one thing absolutely clear that we shall make them smaller and smaller minority. This nation has to change and we should make that change to happen.

Be optimistic and time has come to act now and act fast to reset the MORAL COMPASS of SRI LANKA. ( Courtesy;thoughts of Joe Biden; former US Vice President)

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