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Self-righteous hypocrites, look at yourselves! - Editorial


17 December 2012 06:30 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The world is getting ready to celebrate Christmas. Sadly however most people hold on to the celebrations, but have forgotten the deep message of humility, sincere service and a readiness to even sacrifice one’s life for the common good of all.  

Kings and other world leaders need to uphold the truth and live it. Failure to do so entail being pulled down from thrones they occupy and lofty pedestals they cling to. One has only to study world history, to discover this reality.

The rulers of the world lose their positions when they claim absolute authority and power. People are too frail to carry absolute power. World leaders from time immemorial had been tempted to want to be like a god and suffered the consequences as a result, dragging even empires to their destruction.

Do we not see in our own nation leaders trying to act like demigods? Those in authority and holding power would be tempted to want absolute power delegated to themselves. How could we when our wisdom has not developed much beyond our little minds. Instead of doing what is true and right, leaders today want to do things their own way for their personal gain or glory, popularity or prestige. Leaders need to live and work in a manner so they could rule their nations with humility and love and sincere, sacrificial service.

We see today the Chief Justice who represents the Temple of Justice being hounded by powers that be, in their frenzy to seek absolute authority. A lawyer told the Supreme Court last Thursday that barbarians were trying to invade the Temple of Justice. The Temple of Justice is a holy place where truth and justice are meted out to the victims of an unjust and harsh society. Destroying it for someone’s personal glory or agenda is tampering with its sacred functions and obligations. The repercussions need not be emphasized - only mercy could be prayed for.

If the CJ has done wrong then the due process of law should be adhered to. Misbehaviour is said to be the ground for impeachment. Would not natural Justice consider this too barbaric? It is true that those who occupy sacred seats of authority should guard against any unethical behaviour. The executive and parliament too need to behave properly and make declaration of their assets; as the saying goes, “Look not at the speck of sawdust in the eye of the other and pay no attention to the plank in your eye”.

  Comments - 6

  • Muthu Monday, 17 December 2012 09:41 PM

    Thanks for the timely editorial. Unfortunately things will run the same course due to callous inaction on the part of the opposition and sheer disregard of the voters, until perhaps providence delivers a justifiable solution.

    Philip Gibson Monday, 17 December 2012 10:39 PM

    V.good editorial.Keep up the good work without favour or fear.

    srikalie Tuesday, 18 December 2012 03:08 AM

    DM Flag highest on SL- English- -Media Sky!

    R.Sunthar Tuesday, 18 December 2012 04:23 AM

    Power is not a divine right as was mistook to be.It is a sacred trust to do good for all not to build concentric circles to protect those in power.

    Samantha Tuesday, 18 December 2012 05:09 AM

    OK, OK, I am also against the impeachment of the CJ and I would even support a public caning (50 lashes at least) of the two bad-mouths who were involved in this.

    But calling the judiciary the "Temple of Justice", a holy place, is a bit much don't you think? I mean have you been to a courtroom in this lifetime?

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 18 December 2012 08:12 AM

    A fantastic editorial which should serve as an eye-opener but then again knowing the quality of those who rule us now, they refuse to see the reality believing that they are infallible. Those who accuse others of maintaining undeclared bank accounts should question their own conscience to see if they are playing according to the rules. As rightly said in the editorial : "Look not at the speck of sawdust in the eye of the other and pay no attention to the plank in your eye”.

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