31 October 2016
King Solomon & Mother Lanka
[Interestingly, Samaraweera also stated ‘the government has not veered from its mandate to create a dynamic and vibrant democracy in Sri Lanka’. ] http://malindawords.blogspot.com/2016/10/words-deeds-and-devolution-fixations.html
The first question is - What is Democracy? To my mind, it is the ‘freedom to express and/or act as per one’s Truth’. The next question - Is this current Government of Sri Lanka, more democratic than the previous one? The response from within me is YES.
Mr. Malinda Seneviratne’s interpretation is embedded including in the following passage:
[Mandates are words, not deeds, and mandates, Samaraweera once said, are meaningless after elections.
But let’s get to deeds, proper. Lakshman Kiriella, Leader of the House, in a recent interview with the Daily Mirror has said that equal rights of the people should be ensured through power sharing with the periphery. This brings us to the vexed issue of constitution-making, the Mother of all Deeds, so to speak. The Father of that process, if you will, Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne himself has confessed that very little has been done so far by the Committee appointed to handle the subject. Add to this the other ‘statement’’ by the President where he dismisses provincial boundaries (on which the Eelam map has been traced and which give Kiriella’s ‘peripheries’) as the work of British cartographers (he did not interject ‘arbitrary’, but that’s what they are), and we need not be surprised that the ‘deeds’ are still in the making.]
Let’s take – the Constitution. Mr. Seneviratne states that it is the ‘Mother of all Deeds’. To my mind the Constitution is the Mother of all words. These words would confirm :
(1) Hearsay – from body to the brain’s surface – like storage in a computer and they bypass the intelligence of the brain.
(2) Truth – based purely on Our experience (Work plus sacrifice)
(3) The net value of Intellectual discrimination ( a combination of 1 & 2)
In terms of the Constitution:
Copying the Constitution of another entity - without common belief, belongs in category (1). Giving form to our own Truth – belongs in category (2).
Including others’ Constitutional forms on the basis of our Common Truth plus Ambitions to be like others - belongs in category (3)
They are the parallels of Body, Soul and Mind respectively. The Constitution likewise would be received at different levels by different persons. Likewise, mandates and policies. Some of them would have deeper meaning to one than would other mandates and policies. Likewise, the same mandate / word would have different meanings to different persons at the same time or different meanings to the same person at different times. As individuals without any position responsibilities – we have the ‘freedom’ to receive them at any level. But when expressing/acting – we have the responsibility to formulate as per our position taken in that environment. When we think – it is like talking to ourselves. Even our current thoughts are accountable to our True-selves which is the consolidated net value of our past that we are conscious of. That is our own personal system of Justice to ourselves – commonly known as conscience.
The current debate between myself and Mr. Seneviratne is summarized as follows by Mr. Seneviratne:
[since you asked for it, darling, you get it:
here's my reply: "the word you used was 'plagiarism'. check it up darling. sure, words can mean different things to different people and that's something that helps people without cases (you, for example), but plagiarism is pretty straightforward....you clearly don't know what it means. "]
As per the social dictionary Wikipedia : [Plagiarism is the "wrongful appropriation" and "stealing and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions" and the representation of them as one's own original work. The idea remains problematic with unclear definitions and unclear rules. The modern concept of plagiarism as immoral and originality as an ideal emerged in Europe only in the 18th century, particularly with the Romantic movement. Plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and a breach of journalistic ethics. It is subject to sanctions like penalties, suspension, and even expulsion]
I used the word plagiarism to refer to Mr. Seneviratne using my email list to refer to articles in his blog. To my mind, that email list is part of the outer structure of my investment in People and the positions they had taken with me in the past – directly and/or through common publications, where I am part of the common Public. I have many such lists and Mr. Seneviratne is in the media list. Unless Mr. Seneviratne shared his parallel list with me – he had the moral responsibility to stay within my subject matter when responding to me with copy to those in MY list. When referring me to his work published in his blog – he had the responsibility to use his own list or limit it to me only.
To my mind the basic unit of valuation is work. When we sacrifice earned benefits, work value is promoted to structural value and hence natural position of ‘provider’ / ‘senior’. When we take that investment in structures – beyond - by ceasing to expect returns as per our investment, the value of our work becomes Energy. It’s this Energy that has the power to consolidate Itself to bring us the support we need and the inner Peace. Another name for it is Truth.
Mr. Seneviratne refers to Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne as the Father of the new Constitution-making process. When that is accepted it means that Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne is enjoying pleasures before pain. Who then is the Mother? To my mind, the true Mother of this Constitution is the Consolidated form of all those who endured pain, with return pleasures to come after birth. The way the Lord has balanced the system is to give Mother the intuitive power to know her child as part of herself. As per this Natural example – all those who have endured pain as net value by living in that part of the world – are the Mother of that Constitution. To the extent my net value is pain – I am also such a mother. In the legend of King Soloman’s Judgment to determine the genuine mother – the real mother wanted her child to live even if it meant giving up her own rights to the baby. Wikipedia narration brings out this scene as follows:
[After some deliberation, King Solomon called for a sword to be brought before him. He declared that there was only one fair solution: the live son must be split in two, each woman receiving half of the child. Upon hearing this terrible verdict, the boy's true mother cried out, "Oh Lord, give the baby to her, just don't kill him!" The liar, in her bitter jealousy, exclaimed, "It shall be neither mine nor yours—divide it!"]
If the LTTE said Divide it at physical level, the President says – in line with Article 9 of the current Constitution – ‘Buddhism is the Mother of all Sri Lankan Religious structures’. There is no recognition that some of us have invested more deeply in religion, than leaders pf majority religion and that we not only contribute to maintenance of our respective religious pathways but that we have accepted the majority race’s forms of Government structures and laws and continued to conduct ourselves in orderly manner and contribute to Common Governance even though we carry minority status at the Public level. At people’s level – without the influence of Politicians – Buddhists accept other religious places of worship as natural and v.v. THAT Truth needs to be included in the Constitution positively.
I said to an Academic couple yesterday, that I was happy that my daughter had an expensive holiday with her husband, children AND Australian in-laws, in Sri Lanka. I said I would have spent less but I was happy that they spent more. I organized for them, the arrangements in Sri Lanka. I said I was happy – because Sri Lanka needs it. No – they did not go North – but my daughter said she would the next time. I accepted it as her reality. Within me, I truly felt that I had that holiday as if I were Sri Lanka. Thus my need and entitlement were merged with Sri Lanka’s. THAT to me is Good Governance. Once we reach the destination of True Ownership – our world expands Naturally to include the whole that our position is part of.
The parallel of this is Article 9 of the Sri Lankan Constitution which entitled the President to claim that Sri Lanka was a Buddhist country. One who had realized the Truth through Buddhism would have known that this would mean that s/he is part of the whole. Spelling out that Buddhism is foremost – means that person is yet to reach the destination. The duty of every democratic citizen then is to reveal the Equal status of internal positions. We need to say it more and more to eliminate the blocks to the Democratic pathway.
Those of us who are non-Buddhists – and FEEL Sri Lanka – and yet we do not express the Division outwardly through our practices – and in environments where we are the bosses – are the True Mother of Sri Lanka. The True inner Constitution of Sri Lanka is given birth by that Consolidated Mother who has intuitive powers through which to take care of her child – the real Constitution.