The Sunday Leader

Anesthetised Consciences

This presidential election campaign plagued with murder and mayhem to an unprecedented degree will enter the annals of our history as the most violent, unscrupulous and disgraceful campaign of its nature. What is most disconcerting is that the vast majority of incidents have been perpetrated by forces backing the President.

The constitution which is the fundamental law, the ground of all laws is being brazenly flouted, trod upon and steam-rolled over. So too the decrees of the Supreme Court, the highest guardian and supervisor of all laws and of the rights and duties they confer.

There is no purpose in taking  cover behind claims of the illegal doings of others in this regard. Upholding the constitution and maintaining law and order is the primary duty of the government. It is especially the role of the Executive President to ensure freedom, fairness and justice to all. If he demeans himself by stooping as low as the ‘others’, he must be considered as being lower than the lowest, because he is under oath to defend the constitution and all obligations flowing from it. He was precisely elected for this, to uphold and ensure the rule of law enshrined in the constitution.

Anyone who has eyes to see cannot but witness the depths of degradation of sections of our society shown by the desecration of the sacrosanct constitutional laws, and the utter contempt shown to the Supreme Court. The Commissioner of Elections has voiced his absolute powerlessness in the face of this bulldozing of the constitution. He has dismissed the Competent Authority he himself appointed to handle the media and ensure balanced media coverage. His exasperation is obvious.

The government is using the media and all other government institutions which are public property, maintained by public funds to blatantly violate all decent norms of conduct. All the aforesaid boils down to one thing as glaring as the high noon sun, that this election is now focused on one preponderant and overriding issue, which is corruption. The government bred and sponsored mafia personalities whether with dishonorable honorary doctorates or without reflecting very badly on the President. There are no two words about this fact. He has repeatedly been told that the company he keeps is what he himself is.

Too late in the day

The accusations leveled at General Fonseka have been brought to play far too late in the day. There is a time and place for everything. Such charges brought several weeks prior to the count down smells downright fishy by any standards, and in this IT age there is no document that cannot be created from nothing leave alone from scratch. There is nothing that cannot be simulated, imitated or forged. Just go to Bangkok and see the advertisements in wayside offices regarding the reproduction of each and every conceivable official or private printed material; so too with camera imagery and voice reproductions.

Such issues brought at this very late juncture are red herrings and nothing more. They are so transparent to make even the blind see. Last week Minister Aluthgamage was seen at the ‘Satana’ forum stating categorically that he was in possession of incriminating documentary evidence against the General, pointing triumphantly to the brief case before him. When asked what weapons the General had ordered illegally, the Minister pulled out his file and spoke about some ammunition purchases from China. But when prompted relentlessly by Ranga to read out the other items in that very same document produced and presumed to contain all, the Minister defiantly replied that he would gladly read them out. But he was caught bluffing.

After a long determined perusal, the bluff was exposed and all he had to say was; no it is not here but in another file. The powerless and sheepish look on his face said it all. It is like a public orator in full flow being told that his pants were down! The charge of trying to bribe an unheard of and totally insignificant parliamentarian has not only run out of steam but has boomeranged against those who brought it. Why all this useless frenzy just a few weeks ahead of what the partisans of the President consider as being their D-Day?

Conscience

In this connection my attention was caught by an advertisement placed by a leading insurance company that is being flashed on television channels these days. It makes allusion to the individual ‘conscience’ and its better version. A conscience is a phenomenon we experience within us. In the ‘ad’ however an identical individual props up from outside the policy holder and blurts out; “I am your conscience. I know you better than you know yourself”. What we call conscience has the explicit task of inspiring and indicating to us our unconditional duty at a particular moment. It shows us how to be true to ourselves in an absolutely unbiased manner when called to act. Our conscience is the most intimate mirror of our own selves.

However, what we see around us are attempts to substitute the individual conscience with counterfeit grafts. These graft consciences claim to know us better than our own ones do. They claim to represent our deepest aspirations for what is honest, truthful and noble. They perform before us like dancers of a thovil’ ceremony with a mesmerising, hypnotising and anesthetising effect. They brandish fire brands of various types.

Some take the form of files which are said to contain material incriminating their opponents. Other fire brands being waved are massive bundles of money notes. The unceasing flow of words and gestures are like incense keeping the flames crackling aloud. The intent is to subjugate and anesthetise feeble minds. These grafts influence people like a witch’s brew. They tell us who we are, or if we are not to their liking, what we should be. So we hear epithets such as; those who love the motherland and those who don’t — those who are patriots and those who are not — those who are grateful and those who are ungrateful; those who are traitors and conspirators and what not, to name a few of the slogans that are hurled around menacingly. In the same vein artists, sportsmen and others are vying with each other to be our conscience by trying to personify love of the motherland. It is like being eclipsed by crooked shadows.

A wonderland

These external graft consciences are a theatre of sound and light. Our country is seen being transformed with a magician’s wand into a wonderland, surpassing the development of the most developed countries. Our streets are suddenly updated beyond recognition with multi-level highways; Slums rising up like mighty towers; harbours that are dotted with luxury liners and pleasure boats, canals with spotlessly clear waters.

All this is more akin to a heavenly city descending from above than to structures sprouting from the ground through the sweat and toil of the population. The evident contradiction obvious to discerning minds is that such dreams arise from grounds that are quick sands saturated in corruption, as shown in the ongoing election campaign.

Considering the beatings and continuous violations of the constitution, the pertinent question arises as to whether this country with its present ruler needs any at all. France’s ‘Sun-King’ Louis X1V said; L’Etat c’est moi – The State, that’s me. This was repeated by de Gaulle. Our man at the top could well address those anesthetised minds applauding his every word and gesture and say with conviction; the Constitution and the Supreme Court; that’s me. We need none other. He would find support in Montesquieu and even say; the constitution when written is dead.

— Mario Perera
Kadawatha

6 Comments for “Anesthetised Consciences”

  1. Dilshan

    As long as Foreing(Mongolian) Evil Buddhism exists in our Eelam, there will be NO Consciousness. Moghul Muslims got rid of Buddhism from India.

  2. VINTAGE VOTER

    BUDDHISM CANNOT BE BLAMED FOR OUR ILLS. IT IS A GREAT RELIGION, BUT SADLY WE DO NOT HAVE BUDDHISTS AND BUDDHIST PRIESTS IN SRI LANKA AS SHOWN BY THEIR CONDUCT AND UTTERANCES.THIS WAS THE COMMENT OF A BRITISH BUDDHIST SOMETIME BACK AS REPORTED IN THE MEDIA.
    WHILE TALKING OF GIVING THE RIGHTFUL PLACE FOR BUDDHISM,THE
    GOVERNMENTS BIGGEST SOURCE OF REVENUE IS FROM TAXES ON
    LIQUOR , TOBACCO , CASINOS ETC. THE BIGGEST SUPPORTERS OF THIS GOVERNMENT ARE, THOSE INVOLVED IN THESE, BUSINESSES, WHICH IS RUINING OUR COUNTRY.IN GENERAL AND THE YOUTH IN PARTICULAR.
    HOW CAN BUDDHIST PRIESTS PARTICIPATE IN POLITICS,IF THEY HAVE RENOUNCED THE WORLD. ? HOW CAN THEY BE A “PARTNER” IN A
    GOVERNMENT THAT IS COMMITTING ALL THESE “ANTI BUDDHIST” ACTS.?
    THE DANGER AND THREAT TO BUDDHISM IN THIS COUNTRY IS FROM”WITHIN” I AM SURE ALL RIGHT THINKING PRACTICING BUDDHISTS WILL AGREE WITH ME.
    WAS IT NOT A FACT THAT THOSE INVITED TO “TEMPLE TREES WERE
    ENTERTAINED WITH LIQUOR.?

  3. P.L.J.B.Palipana

    Dear Mr.Perera,
    I am very happy to read your article and its true contents as same as the high English Proficiency.
    Our most experienced voter should understand the real nature of this personal Election of MR regime. I personally love people like Hon.SF and Hon.SNde.Silva as high calibre Professionals in our Motherland. Let us see the peoples verdict with-in 24 hours.
    P.L.J.B.Palipana,P.Eng
    SURREY,BC,CANADA

    • raguna

      Peoples’ verdict was brutally raped and a defaced cripple was born to our motherland.

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