PEOPLE MUST SHAPE HISTORY

The choice of the most suitable persons of a community at a given time may indeed be a challenge. While scientific and technological developments are advancing at accelerated speeds, and helping everyone to do many things properly, the collective of human beings at local, national and international levels finds it problematic to come to a viable, rational, civilized social standards and be united in consensus on important issues. Yet no community abandons the pursuit of improving their situation, even though they may at times become incompetent and lethargic

People’s life and work have for a very long time been conditioned by nature and natural resources, the geography, climatic conditions, geo-political environment and the impact of national and global economic situations, until recent times when people have been able to channel some of these elements to their advantage. Human history, what human beings do and what happens and makes happen in their midst occurs in this context.

While the geographical and climatic conditions remained beyond man’s control, the power holders of the modern age like Napoleon, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Mao Dze Dong, Castro may have tried to direct the fate and control the economic conditions of their countries as much as possible. But all of them, in organising and mobilizing peoples according to their own designs, also exterminated many human beings. None of them were humanitarian characters; nor could any of them be called ‘charismatic’ men because graciousness was not the salient feature in their lives.

SUPERIOR HUMAN BEINGS REQUIRED

The study of human history also shows that to avoid violent conflict and to progress towards development and mutual benefit through frank and intelligent communication, collaboration and sharing, solidarity, unity and peace among people are absolutely necessary. These necessary and desirable goals cannot be reached unless a climate of good human relations built on good understanding, empathy and a sense of fraternity was purposefully built in any national community or in the international community.

It is within our capacity as human beings living in community to democratically select some fellow human beings with an elevated superior knowledge and understanding of affairs who could be entrusted with the responsibility of organising communitarian national and international life. This they should do in a well-defined period intelligently, satisfactorily, efficiently, lawfully, fairly and manage all affairs on behalf of the whole community that may consist of a wide variety of people.

The choice of the most suitable persons of a community at a given time may indeed be a challenge. While scientific and technological developments are advancing at accelerated speeds, and helping everyone to do many things properly, the collective of human beings at local, national and international levels finds it problematic to come to a viable, rational, civilized social standards and be united in consensus on important issues. Yet no community abandons the pursuit of improving their situation, even though they may at times become incompetent and lethargic.

COSTLY LABORIOUS WORK WASTED

In our midst, we observe the reluctance on the part of power wielders to accept the rationality and civilized standards of modern law that is an inheritance of today’s world. Common law has grown, accompanied and fashioned civilized human life. Law is such an imperative in today’s society that without the refinement and order that Statutory law brings about society cannot function without confusion. It is paradoxical that in Sri Lanka, most members of the governments and law-enforcing agencies have to be prodded by ordinary citizens and their voluntary organisations to uphold and enforce the law.

Some local political leaders including legal luminaries seem to look askance at just and fair laws, even at the international level, because it appears to affect them disadvantageous politically at the local level. It is this attitude of evasion of rationality and a posture of scorn that has prevented the just application of universal laws to particular situations and issues in our country. Now intelligent people perceive and point out that this posture is contrived due to misjudgements based on awkward ethnic and religious partiality and complexes.

When there is widespread in a society a general sloppiness and a culture of negligence about good discipline and law and order, there comes about a climate of carelessness, imprecision and impropriety even over many matters of importance. When after entrusting an assignment to a person, or allocating definite tasks to many people and spending a large sum of people’s money, those responsible for particular projects of national importance show indifference, lessening or lack of interest in pursuing matters to a logical conclusion, the people begin to wonder whether the power holders responsible for such initiatives were ever intently focused on such project.

What is the outcome of presidential reports, commissions of inquiry, the process of drawing up a draft of a New Constitution? Groups of socially conscientious persons who take private initiatives show substantial achievements efficiently accomplished in a comparatively brief period of time, even with expenses met with voluntary contributions. Government appointed task forces belabour over matters for months and years and at some point the politicians take it up and make a mess of it. It is always a case of Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. The mountains laboured and delivered a ridiculous little mouse. How often costly laborious efforts are wasted and made meaningless by the rulers of Sri Lanka!

DISCARDING MEDIOCRE POLITICIANS

Politicians focusing on electioneering while paying less attention to problems facing the country, is really like Nero enjoying music while Rome was burning.

In spite of unbelievable inefficiency, procrastination and the glaring absence of common sense even among top politicians there is an ever-growing community of people who are sensitive to the important fundamental issues of human dignity, equality, freedom and rationality.

They wish to see democratic values and universally valid laws conscientiously embraced and operative in the greater part of the national community. And politicians with underdeveloped intelligence and inconsistent principles do not have the resilience of character to uphold such values and patiently forbear and be supportive of law and order in the context of trying social situations, let alone make a worthwhile and positive contribution of socially transforming thought.

The people are no more passive spectators of the political scenario. In fact the people are becoming more perceptive and wise enough not to elect unqualified men and women who are blind to the needs of law and order and an acceptable standard of discipline in society. The citizens prefer to summarily discard dull individuals and prevent mediocrities coming to positions of power.

PEOPLE WILL MAKE HISTORY

Today the citizens watch with skeptic disbelief the low moral standards of dishonest run-of-the-mill politicians who skim off public money from various ventures they initiate and yet dare to tag on them their own or family’s name as if they are the peoples’ benefactors.

A great number of people are dismayed and dissatisfied by the power struggles and the evidence of various leaders in political parties jockeying up in an unbecoming manner to the electable high positions. Far from letting roguish politicians from making people’s affairs their exclusive business, the democratic citizens are becoming definitive makers of political history who wish to leave a lasting and beneficial democratic impress on the destiny of this country. A historic day of reckoning is again dawning on the country. The people should protect and preserve their human dignity and human rights against the oppressive onslaughts of autocratic characters who wish to be elected to the highest slots of political power to rule Sri Lanka with an iron hand.

As highly competent and efficient rulers do not need to be iron-fisted under a velvet glove. The democratic people should fearlessly express their hearts’ desire to be lovers of true freedom in all its dimensions. As it is the freedom in a society vibrant with discipline, law and order, the people should collectively turn this new page of history to their own credit.

 



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