30 March 2023
JANUS FACED OR BLIND TO
This morning, I was directed by a community elder, Mr Rajendra Vinasithamby to the Face the Nation program at https://www.youtube.com/live/0Psw4jaAWVw?feature=share
Interestingly, the logo reminds me of Janus who is presented by Wikipedia as follows:
‘Janus presided over the beginning and ending of conflict, and hence war and peace.’
Interestingly, the participants discussed the past Not much was stated about the future. I found the ‘other side at https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2023/03/21/tr032123-transcript-of-sri-lanka-press-briefing
Face the Nation discussion in many ways was looking backwards and stagnating at ‘what happened’ rather than researching into why it happened. The future was therefore imaginary. Mr Ranjit Fernando, former chairman of Sri Lankan Airlines, for example, referred to alleged ‘exclusivity’ comment by Mr Adrian Zecha, in relation to the Shangri-La Colombo. As per Wikipedia:
‘The Shangri-La was one of three sites of the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings along with the Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand Colombo. Sri Lankan celebrity chef Shantha Mayadunne and her daughter were among the fatalities. Sri Lankan cricketer Hasitha Boyagoda was having breakfast in the hotel when the bombing took place. He escaped with only minor injuries. Three of the four children of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen were killed in the attack.
Sri Lankans at grassroots level would consider it to be a place of negative Energy, to negate which they would undertake spiritual cleansing. Mr Fernando referred also to Shangri-La Hambantota. I expressed the feeling that the fire at the opening ceremony in June 2016. My feelings on this were based on my faith in Kathirgama Murugan in whose territory Hambantota is. Feelings are never wrong. Key Performance Indicators which were also mentioned in the program flow from feelings.
That is the ‘exclusivity’ referred to by Mr Zecha about whom Wikipedia presents the following:
While in Phuket looking for a site upon which to build a holiday home, Zecha was walking along Pansea Beach when he came across a coconut plantation which occupied a prime location. Plans to build a home on a site soon developed into an idea to build a small boutique resort in partnership with longtime friend Anil Thadani. The two spent mainly their own money as no banks would lend for the project due to the small number of planned rooms, instead of the 500-room hotel they thought would be more practical. Amanpuri opened in January 1988 at a cost of US$4 million with only 40 rooms.
That ‘simplicity’ is the basis of Mr Zecha’s ‘Exclusivity’. It develops from one’s feeling of ownership which manifests diversely through each one of us.
The future side of our own Janus is in IMF – presented at https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2023/03/21/tr032123-transcript-of-sri-lanka-press-briefing
If by now we have failed to find out why we failed, we would undergo financial collapse again and again . That is philosophy of rebirth that majority Sri Lankans rely on and know to be true through experience.