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Tales unheard

25 April, 2021

Where we are born is the womb and where we are buried is the tomb. Let’s fill what is between with virtues.


If you ask five people what their favourite things are you will get five answers. It is because our likes and dislikes differ from person to person. For example, if you ask a bee what his favourite thing is, the answer you receive is none other than honey or sweet scented flowers. If you ask a fly the same question, the answer is either feces or carcasses with a putrid smell.

We can never expect all the people to have the same ideas and same thoughts because of their uniqueness. However, sadly, many of us expect others to be the same as us. This ignorant ideology can drive even an entire country towards wars, conflicts and dehumanisation. Where the ethnic issues are concerned, it can be pointed out that the roots of the Sri Lankan war against terrorism can be traced back to the British colonial rule. Tensions between the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils were smouldering for a long time like coals.

As a result, the communal harmony among the individuals in Sri Lanka had been damaged for decades. We could not see the roses blooming in the North. Not only in Sri Lanka, but also in China it is possible to witness the gory ethnic conflicts. Ethnic issues in China which had arisen due to nationalism and other factors have driven historical movements such as the Red Turban Rebellion and the Xinhai Revolution which overthrew the Manchu Qing Dynasty. Furthermore, the Oromia - Somali conflict that culminated with the deaths of hundreds of people can be pointed out. The Oromia–Somali clashes which began in 2016 due to the territorial disputes between the Oromia region and the Somali Region’s Government in Ethiopia ended up with a blood-bath. In America, the racial discrimination can be regarded as a controversial issue. According to black Americans, they are forced to carry a disproportionate burden in society. The ethnic conflict which is the rising tension between two separate communities due to the lack of understanding of their own identities can be considered to be avoidable. The key is the understanding of the diversity. In addition, it should be pointed out that the impact of the conflicts on any country is proven to be negative.

The consequences of conflicts:

01. Erosion of human capital

02. Destruction of assets.

03. Collapse of the ccountr’s economy

04. The uncertainty prevailing in the country.

Needless to say that we cannot expect a crow to sing. However, what we are doing is forcing the crows to sing songs. It is the beginning for a conflict. In like manner, some flowers can be found blooming in the mire.

Some flowers can be seen blooming on trees. But if we are not attuned to the sense of this diversity, this ignorance will land your life in a minefield. Therefore, acquiring a better understanding of the social diversity is crucial for living a better social life.