Saturday, August 19, 2006

On Irony

Sri Lanka has been popping up in the news recently, as fighting between the terrorist group (the LTTE) and the military. A peace rally was held in the capital of the country, with various religious and political groups represented. They marched around in the city, and then met in a city park, to have further speeches.

We see irony, to our great amusement and frustration, almost daily in the political/religious scene. But what ensued here needs special attention, in order to help you sleep better at night. Or not.

A few 'radical' Buddhist priests marched onstage, with pro-war banners, calling the rally a farce, demanding the annhiliation of the terrorists. This is ironic, not just because they are Buddhist priests, but because they call themselves 'hardliners' and 'radicals'. If you were a radical Buddhist, you really wouldn't be doing much interaction with the political sphere of the world. Wouldn't you instead be zoning out on peace in the realm of spiritual dimensions? I don't know.

The irony skyrocketed when the peace rally-goers responded by beating the priests off the stage, punching and kicking, even pulling their robes off. There was one scene on television where one of them kept swinging an umbrella down on some guy, not a priest. Philosophically speaking, it was carnage. All the footage lasted ten minutes long.

Juicy, juicy, juicy.


Anonymous dani said...

thats so fucked up! what the hell is wrong with these people?

8:58 pm  
Blogger Yanik said...

glad i wasn't there...

11:31 pm  
Blogger Charlotte said...

Same. What to do though..?

5:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well... those people arnt real monks.... just some people dressed up in robes....
they do this to supposedly show the support of the monks on some issues.

now u know, dont be fooled.

10:19 pm  

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