The Shoat Statements

Random musings by the multiple voices inside my head.

We have seen 04 shootouts in U.S.A within the span of one to two weeks. We have seen a parcel bomb go off in Paris. Court houses (across India) have been bombed. In fact, a perfectly legal, first-time visitor to Canada has even been tasered to death at the airport.

Sri Lanka has seen a bomb blast in Nugegoda, and a smaller scale one in Yala in the last few months.

Does this make Sri Lanka any more dangerous than the U.S.A? Or India? I think not. But it is funny how we only hear about the travel advisory for Sri Lanka. How Britain keeps informing her citizens where not to visit in Sri Lanka, or in fact, not to visit Sri Lanka at all, if possible. We have Indians (certainly not all of them, but a few) wondering if Sri Lanka is 'safe enough' to visit - god forbid a series of bombs explode outside our courthouses!

I'm not saying that Sri Lanka has achieved the gold standard in safety, but at this stage aren't all things relative? When men can drive a car full of gas cylinders into Heathrow, why are Sri Lankan forces expected to perform any better? It is downright annoying to have foreigners question the safety of Sri Lanka, when their own countries are clearly no better (and our own Kalu Suddha's are no different). A brief glance at their own daily newspapers will show them that Sri Lanka is no better or worse than their own cocoons in their respective countries.

I wish one of our leaders would one day have the guts to point this out to these know-it-alls.

So I spent the weekend meeting some people. Adults and children. There was this one particular kid whom I found annoying. Not too annoying, but enough for me to come to the conclusion that he wasn't very well brought up - little else you can think about a 7-year old who runs around trying to put his fingers into electrical sockets (among other things) till some adult stopped him .

Then I met this couple - really lovely people - till I gathered that they were the parents of said child. So I very politely kept my opinion to myself, which became increasingly difficult to do. Why? Because the wife turned out to be a woman who had left a well paying job to raise her son - and all she could do was prattle on about how children needed a full-time parent at home (a theory I don't subscribe to). I have nothing against women who choose to stay at home to bring up children, but I do have a problem with them thinking that such is the best way to bring up children, and looking down on mothers who choose to work.

To add, she seemed to think her son was immaculately brought up, and was rather fond of pointing out other children that had gone 'wrong' because both the parents worked.

I know. I should buy her a mirror for Christmas.

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