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Sri Lankan politics: Erosion of dignity

Daily FT   Political lies create new realities, just as print capitalism fostered a new form of nationalism in the early 20th century, so too have social and online media generated new forms of political community in the early 21st century, such as the uncivil society incited via outrageous rhetoric – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara … Continue reading

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Sajith, rhetoric and oratory

ARIYAWANSA RANAWEERA (Island Opinion Page) Oratory is based upon the noble art of rhetoric, introduced by ancient Greeks. In fact, Aristotle (384-322 B.C) wrote an entire thesis on rhetoric. In the first century A.D., rhetoric was divided in to three categories – high, middle, and low. High rhetoric should convey deep, strong, feelings using sublime … Continue reading

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The Presidential Poll was on the Day of Tolerance

By Mass L. Usuf Alarmed by the current rise in acts of intolerance, violence, terrorism, aggressive nationalism, racism, and discrimination directed against national, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, as well as acts of violence and intimidation committed against individuals exercising their freedom of opinion and expression – all of which threaten the consolidation of peace … Continue reading

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Giving dignity to life

Island Our lives are worth more than the value of our bank accounts by Bhikkhu Bodhi  TW’s Comment: Intellectuals in the calibre of this scholar monk should take over the Maha Sangha  or at least  become advisors to the government  To ask what it means to live with dignity may sound strange in an age … Continue reading

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Religious Rituals and Self – deception

Dr. E.W. Adikaram (Extracted from the first volume of ‘Sitivili’ (පුද පූජා පැවැත්වීම pages 20-24). First published in 1950. English translation by Ravi Palihawadana.) Observing rituals is an essential part of any religion. For the followers of a religion, if rituals are removed from it, there would be nothing left to hold on to. Not … Continue reading

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