Compulsive Sharing Syndrome
Flood Facebook with second-hand thoughts and third-hand emotions. Don’t even make a second’s contribution. That’s the way to cheap(ish) popularity.
Quote by No one. It’s just my random musing.
All those people who need to ‘share’ someone else’s post, just take a minute, see if (you understand it and) there is something worthwhile that you can recommend. Then repost. Otherwise, just shut the eff up and wait until next Poya when you have an original thought (That is what the Public Holiday is for).
Don’t slam spam. Once you get past your endurance enhancers, leadership gurus, sky pilots (i.e. the religious crowd) and enlargers for vital organs, there is some useful unsolicited advertising out there. You may just get a deal of a lifetime.
Why identity politics does not (or should not work)
Amartya Sen argues that we have multiple identities. For instance, I am a Tamil, identified with the Colombo Chetty community, but not part of the formal set-up, Christian in a general sense, ex-Catholic, lawyer, English and Sinhala speaking, admirer of rationalist thinking (but not of that school), liberal social-democrat, apolitical, but Sri Lanka-firster, public sector employee, ethno-religious egalitarian, amateur theater buff, and so on.
Now if one movement claims to have my entire allegiance, they are living in a dream world….. cloud cuckoo land. This is the essence of the thinking, breathing democracy that we need to create: The ability to discern rationally and choose wisely. This ain’t just another rant.
Recipe for anarchy
It’s all very well to denigrate, run down and disparage a country’s justice system and the law-and-order enforcement framework as being partisan, incompetent and ineffectual. However, the collateral damage in terms of loss of faith in the institutional foundations of a legal system is well nigh immeasurable. This has negative implications for the generation of international and local investment, international relations, day-to-day resolution of disputes promoting self-help and recourse to extra-legal dispute resolution. In short, one of the building blocks of the ‘failed state’argument.