Monday, April 29, 2013


Found this on FB, worth a read.


An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan". All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Can you think of a reason for not sharing this?

Neither could I.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

More Random Pics

Thursday, April 11, 2013

සුභ අළුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා

Wishing all of you a happy and prosperous Sri Lankan new year.

Peace :)

Monday, April 08, 2013

Of Weddings and Random Pics

One of my friends from school got married over the weekend in Galle. His bride is Polish, so the whole thing was a western styled one. That was one of the reasons he wanted to have it in Galle.

It was a beautiful outdoor wedding at Jetwing Era in Unawatuna. The best thing about it was that there was only 80 invitees, so it made the whole thing a very intimate affair. The dress code was smart casual, but most people changed in to something more comfortable for the reception after church was over. They even provided rubber flip flops for the guests who wanted to take off their shoes and relax. The decorations were beautiful and had a simple elegance about it. The whole thing was handled by a wedding planner, so all went smoothly.

The next day was the bride's birthday, so at midnight, a birthday cake was but and a fireworks show was put on. I'm guessing she was one happy bride.

Because they had limited the number of guests, they were able to do something special. A very intimate event where everybody could enjoy and have a great time.

A great contrast to our weddings, where there are too many people and less enjoyment, especially for the couple. It's our "tradition" to invite every Tom, Dick and Harry and sometimes even their pets to the wedding, whether we can afford it or not. Most of the time, it's not even the couples decision. It's been hijacked by the parents. I would love to have a small wedding with something different, but I guess it's hard to break from tradition. You can do it, but you are going to break a few hearts along the way, and you have to weigh in everything.