Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The 18th Constitutional Amendment - A Lesson Imparted by its Passage


Today, the elected members of the august assembly in the midst of the Diyawanna Oya decided to teach the future generation of our country an astounding lesson.

These MPs repeatedly extol our nation's potential for greatness. These MPs repeatedly encourage our youth to have high aspirations. These MPs repeatedly remind us to believe in our inherent talent & capabilities. Yet today, through their actions, they emphatically conveyed the following message:

If you believe that someone is amazingly good and great, then no one else should aspire to such goodness and greatness. Instead, one should simply follow the Great One until the inevitable end of Greatness.

What happened to their belief in their own potential for greatness?
What happened to their belief in their own aspirations?
What happened to their belief in their own talents and capabilities?

Why did they think that they would be unable to take over from their current leader, 'the good and great President', in leading our nation in the future with similar aplomb?

Today, by voting for the passage of the 18th Constitutional Amendment, they essentially conceded that they do not have any conviction in their ability to assume the mantle of presidential leadership and guide our nation to further greatness. They essentially acknowledged that they lack the confidence to courageously carry on the burden of national healing and nation building. They essentially admitted that they do not possess the personal strength, acumen and flair to achieve and potentially exceed 'the vision of the current President'.

Yes, today, they showed the nation their lack of self confidence to become a great national leader in six years.

To our nation's youth with great aspirations, here's my perspective:
Do not believe in such a negative lesson! Instead, I urge you to be keep your dreams alive by learning from Mahatma Gandhi's words of wisdom -
"If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning."

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