Posted on November 1st, 2021


The dynamic nature of the world shows that changing attitudes and many occurring are natural in the world and evidence in history proves that people had been changed their thinking patterns or attitudes towards various issues throughout history. Despite this nature, the people of Sri Lanka are stuck with past issues and are interested in sticking in the past issues and exhibiting past issues with changed features repeatedly. What factors contributed to this stagnation is worthy to investigate and the current ethnic and religious problems have clear links to the past. For example, ethnic issues in the country had been in the country since before King Dutugemunu despite many attempts to solve it, has been unsuccessful. 

The historical information in the country divulges that people had been changed and adapted to modernization. The best example is adapting to information technology. In Europe, Martin Luther was concerned about adapting to modernization, and in Sri Lanka, Anagarika Dharmapala showed ideas on the requirement of changing attitudes following modernization and the positive impact of modernization on society.

Media contributes to reminding past occurrences and linking such matters to modern events. Dynamism in the modern world may associate with this standing on past issues and support to emerging them with recent issues. Media professionals are in a crisis that handles issues and shows they associate with modernization. Therefore, the standing of the past issues is a nature that is supported or contributed by the media. Anyone who asks a media person about this situation they reluctant to answer the question because he/ she cannot answer, or like to avoid answering.  

The other point that relates to the reluctance of changing and hanging/standing in the past is that the impression of people should not forget the past and need to retrieve the point in history as and when they need to connect. This is a universal understanding. The problem in Sri Lanka is that this nature has become a barrier to solving many problems relating to political, social, cultural, and religious issues. There is a Sri Lanka’s traditional saying that washing, washing to put them into muds” and this nature of people has become a barrier to change the society or human behaviour and solving significant problems.

When I am thinking further about this vicious situation, I feel that many critical political, social, and religious problems could not be solved or removed in Sri Lanka as attitudes of people’s reluctance to change. In the modernization process, people need to change and their attitudes need to go along with modern thinking. However, the nature of Sri Lanka is going repeatedly forward. This nature may be a negative aspect of people. How to change this negative aspect of attitude? The best option is promoting kids to change when they need to change their attitude. 

Many educators, psychologists, and elders don’t talk about this significant issue and attempt to hang in the past. Although the identity of ethnicity varies and the influence of human genes (this is a biological concept) remains without metamorphic and the behaviour of all ethnic groups remains uniform. Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, and other ethnic people in Sri Lanka display manage attitudes similar way. When educating kids, this topic should include in social studies and kids should be given a broader understanding of the requirement of changing attitudes and the benefits of changing attitudes regarding ethnic and religious issues. Many parents force the kids to consist of their attitudes and I observed Sri Lankan migrants in other countries follow uniform actions.

Bureaucrats in education are reluctant to change the content in curriculum documents or syllabi and many academics are of the view that bureaucrats are stuck with the attitudes they are familiar with past, and standing on past issues unnecessary way have links to many problems that are related to attitudes of people. When changes the world, it needs changing attitudes, and the system of educating kids needs to promote modernization of attitudes. The change of attitudes was supported in all developed countries and why Sri Lanka was being stood in the past and reluctance to change? 

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