29 March 2013

Ciao

                                                                                                                    (c) Barney Wilczak

Over in Sri Lanka, the roaming dogs and monkeys aren't always fighting. Sometimes they make peace instead. Perhaps the humans who live amongst them - Sinhalese Buddhists, Hindu Tamils and Muslims could have avoided thirty years of bitterness and bloodshed if they had learnt much earlier that it is talking that ends conflict - not bullets or machetes, mobs or martial law. Yesterday a Buddhist mob burnt down a Muslim clothing warehouse in Colombo and a couple of weeks ago a similar mob protested vehemently about the sale of halal meat in Sri Lanka. If war breaks out again over the next two weeks - don't blame me or Shirley. We didn't start it.

I will try to blog again while I am over there but I am not taking my laptop so it will probably need to be from an internet cafe - assuming there are no warring monkeys or growling dogs on the premises. As they say in Italy - but not in Sri Lanka - ciao!

5 comments:

  1. I am always surprised to hear of violence from Buddhists as it is so at odds with their philosophy. Sadly, the human element always gets in the way in these situations!

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  2. Obviously I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments of your post but couldn't help thinking the photo was of a vampire monkey...

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  3. Buddhist MOB? I can't even imagine that. But then, I don't venture far from Sloughhouse. Be safe.

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  4. I am pleased that the monkey and the dog are kissing (they are kissing, aren't they?) but I do not enjoy having the Full Monty of any species thrust into my field of vision.

    I use the verb "thrust" advisedly....

    Maybe the monkeys and the dogs ARE the "chow" in Sri Lanka.

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  5. Ditto Hippo. (That's rather good, isn't it?)

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