Saturday, June 16th, around 7pm local time, I hop a bus heading towards the city. The radio on the bus is playing a sermon conducted by a Buddhist priest. His sermon is on the environment and how we should care more about it. He starts with an analogy from the time of the Great Buddha (Siduhath Kumaru) and how he treated the environment around him. As the sermon progresses attention is slowly diverted toward the society we live in today. Suddenly, he breaks out in to a total anti-west rant. He starts going on about how countries in the west try to come and tell us how to control our waste, although they are the ones who are causing global warming. True enough right? Then he claims that the Americans and other western nations come here, posing as environmentalists and members of the green revolution and steal our plants and herbs. Then they genetically modify them and sell them back to us. Ok, so far it isn't ridiculous right?
He then starts about how we as nation never needed advice on waste management and keeping out environment clean. He said that we've always had a neat environment and that we've always lived as part of the eco-system and not tried to destroy it. Then he brings up the example of batteries. He says that the lead in batteries causes cancer in people. He then said that westerners brought concrete here whereas we used to live in mud huts, which were cool (temperature wise) and weren't harmful to the environment. But today we have fast food, cellophane and other things that aren't bio degradable, all brought here by western countries. we must stop this and put an end to this absurd invasion...
I had to get off although I would have loved to listen to the rest. I was wondering whether it would have been better for him to tell people what they should do NOW, instead of tell people that they should go back to living in mud huts and not eat yoghurt. If you listened to him and you weren't exposed to the modern world you would believe him. He was damn convincing on every count. You would also totally trash every white man/woman you saw on the street cause they were here to steal our shit. This is the kind of mentality that's dragging our country down. This is the kinda teachings that lead to being completely bankrupt. Why can't these people, people who have gained the respect of the masses talk sense? Like what we can do NOW to keep our environment clean. Levy the government to get help from somewhere to setup recycling plants etc. Then gather the people and tell them how to use it the explain the consequences of not using it.
But no, fuck that, just go live in mud huts and stop using batteries.