No to vengeance and Yes to justice in a Corrupt free Government and Hate free society – A wish for 18th August 2015
We meet many cross roads on any path. Some may delay your journey if chosen and others may differ your destination. Sri Lanka is at cross roads today, very significant for its destiny. However even if wrong choices are made, like many in the past, the society would meander through the rocks, boulders and the pastures as a river to its destiny over time, a quality and peaceful living to all. The river follows a basic principle that it always flow below its level and that is its secret to reach the sea, which it has never seen before. Similarly justice is pivotal to the society to meet its destiny and also equal opportunities to all to steer it to the destiny. Justice thus needs to prevail and the offenders need to be punished for the benefit of the larger society. But no vengeance, which is more on a philosophical term, acts against those who differ in opinion.
Freedom of an individual has been compromised in the making of a society; freedom of a society is compromised in making of a Nation; freedom of a nation is compromised in the making of a State and country. The reciprocation by those institutions to the individual is vital for the continuous agreement/interaction between the individual and the state. Vote, is be a significant component in the contract, to choose their interest in the agreement.
Many issues of the country could be easily zoomed to the events that had violated these principles between the state and the individuals. The mere fact that those who violated/ caused the violations have not been brought to JUSTICE, causes the confidence building measures in society to slow down its pace. It is thus imperative that any and all who had violated the agreements/ rules/
legislations/ principles of the state need to be brought to justice. Often those who have caused mass violations have been those in power of one form or the other. It is evident that individuals without power who violate are sentenced by the Justice as a day to day event. At the same time assure that there are no violations made in the path/process of justice, very often by those in power, to ‘falsely justify’ punishment to those who differ in opinion, political or otherwise. This is also a violation and should be taken to justice as VENGENCE. The famous words ‘if one slaps on one cheek show the other’ has a more philosophical meaning to it than the mere direct verbal one. It is actually a measure of fair principles and justice underlying that statement; ‘if one hits you with strong opinions of one side please show him the other side for comparison’. The phrase ‘slap on the face’ has the same meaning of ‘slap’ and not the physical contact.
Given the fact that there is the notion of a National Government ahead ( even if not), it would be essential that those with quality be chosen from any side for governing the country not only from parliament but in any and every sector. Opinions and allegiance change for various reasons viz. relationship, companionship, friendship, obligations etc. We should respect them as their own as much as ours. They may change with time and or opportunities. There is a proverb ‘Do not seek for the origin of a Rishi or a River’, asking you to ‘see them as they are’. This should not be interpolated in reference to the corrupt who also may change, but, they should first be cleared for their wrongs as it is not only a deterrent to the rest of the society, but a moral value it likes to uphold ‘wrongs will be punished’.
A hate free society and a corrupt free government is what we seek. A government which provides equal opportunities to all ( hate free) with prevailing Justice (corrupt free) shares the principles of good governance. If you are able to take up comments on your governance then you qualify for democracy, transparency, rule of law etc the other fragments of the good governance principles. I wish the democracy and good governance which was endorsed on January 8th would continue to share its morals on August 18th for the prosperity of the country. The time will tell.
Wish all the crew who aboard on 18th our confidence on them to steer us to destiny, with the Captain already on the deck of the ship.