Religion comes for free. In most occasions, with minimal effort, it registers on the unsuspecting fetus, clueless of what he or she may later reveal in the assortment of faith, privilege, and restriction; plus, the whole plethora of unimaginable contortions that an otherwise sane human being would never impose on themselves within an inch of rational thought – yet only a few could – even at the age of reasoning – reason against religion, separation from religion, is therefore, costly and painstaking, it is not religion by itself that brings about these hardships, but those who still couldn’t let go of religion. Therefore, the more practical among us retain their tag of what religion they may resemble even if they lack faith in the doctrine itself.
Joining in is what it is all about. Joining in, with whom seldom matters, humans need to join in – associate, sect, part, group, and rejoice in the knowledge that in any given domain, they are not alone. So they do, transcendents of different races, followers of different religions, flagholders of different political manifestos, users of different operating systems, drivers of different vehicles, and persuaders of different fetishes – belonging is what it’s all about- too bad that they couldn’t join in as human beings – that’s a sect too large, where the individual feels insignificant, that’s a whole other candle for a whole other cake.
This sort of religious motif is constructive; unfortunately, not to those who hold it sacrosanct to them and devote great affection for their faiths, but to the cunning exploiters of these lost souls, essentially political, where faith becomes merely a device of divide and rule.
Racial or religious instability often pulls people away from more pressing issues such as their own wretched existence. The very basic integrity of our country has been ignorance, what defines Sri Lanka is the obliviousness that we naturally inherit from our forefathers who created an ample lot of issues for us to deal with, out of their obliviousness – or the lost consciousness that has the petty sort of regard for a Sinhala-Buddhist Child’s future, or a Muslim Child’s future and so on, rather than approaching collectively to develop our downtrodden facilities that will ensure *every* Child’s future. We find it easier to deal with problem(s) that we’ve created rather than to deal with an actual problem that needs tactful remediating.
Tamils were an easier problem to solve rather than Sinhalese incompetence in the 80’s. We dealt with Tamils and forgot the initial issue, same applies in these current times, Muslim’s with their abusive Nolimits and Fashionbugs are easier to deal with than to deal with the fact that we Sinhalese are shit at business. It is equally easier to deal with the problem of “bad western influence” than to deal with as to why rape and pedophilia are on the rise in Sri Lanka. It is easier to deal with LTTE flag weaving Geneva, America and the Tamil diaspora rather than finding ways to ensure effective reconciliation of our own Tamils.
It would be much easier to deal with a Muslim man raping a Sinhalese woman, rather than to deal with a Sinhalese man who rapes a Sinhalese woman, a Tamil or a Muslim rapist is always a better stone throw than a Sinhalese rapist, same would the Tamils and Muslims find with a Sinhalese rapist, especially when rape is given such slippery interpretations in Quran, and pedophilia is not a moral offense – in such cases the victim is the one who gets the sentence, so very much like our own courts.
We are extremely good at perceiving problems rather than solutions, this ability, skill or the perceptiveness us Sri Lankans have – to smell even the most suppressed fart from miles away – is a curse in disguise.
We are tolerant to the injustice, the red tape, the unfairness, the loathsome nature of our political and social faculties, our lack of privileges and to many other concerning issues, we are tolerant to them, oblivious to them – yet we wouldn’t tolerate a Mosque put up at the wrong lane, a Buddhist converting to Islam (or vice-versa) – it’s the above mentioned motif that dictates, our inability to perceive the real-problems, the real evil and our own shortcomings often result in pain and misery to our own wretched selves.
If we could find the ghastly festering disgrace of a Sri-Lankan within the Sinhalese and the Tamil and the Muslim and the Burgher and replace him/her/it with a refined, more educated and thoughtful one – we would all be better off.