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Happy Independence Day, Sri Lankans!

Votive Lamp, Sri Lanka by A. Davey (Alan Coogan) via Flickr

Today is Independence Day in Sri Lanka.

A commonly held idea is that most of our problems as a nation come from the colonists and so that therefore today is a day to celebrate our freedom from being a colony.

Coconut trees in Sri Lanka by YoTuT via Flickr

I say that if we like to think we are an island paradise then we should also accept the other side of that where humans desire to possess beautiful things and that can occasionally lead to disaster – we had both peace and awesomeness and also wars and other horrifying things long before the Europeans showed up.

So I think we should celebrate today accepting everything we are as a nation and a people, flaws and all and then remember that tomorrow and the other 364 days of the year we have to still keep working to make things better for ourselves – no blame game, no divisiveness, no waiting for heroes, just ourselves.

A nation is a community – support each other.

Child with Sri Lankan Flag on Independence Day February 4th 2010 Ginigathhena Sri Lanka
Child with Sri Lankan Flag on Independence Day February 4th 2010 Ginigathhena Sri Lanka by jaliyaj via Flickr

Happy Independence Day to the SL crowd. 

PS. I wish I had a public holiday today. 🙂

Sri Lanka by YoTut via Flickr

 

Marisa is a globetrotting freelance writer, journalist and editor with cat for hire (her, not the cat). She is usually based in Melbourne but is currently flouncing around in Perth for a week for the Inaugural 2018 KSP - Varuna Foundation Fellowship. She will be at Melbourne's Continuum and online running a Writers' Bloc course in the coming weeks.

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