Changing the system needs patience

Expanding on Mahasen's thoughts captured here in his blog -> http://mahasen.blogspot.com/2010/02/changing-system.html

This is a very valid thinking. In fact, I cannot agree with Mahasen more regarding the lack of ‘patience’ that we observe in our society. The runny nose medication example is a good one both literally and figuratively. Not sure if there is anything “Sri Lankan” about it though; most cultures I have seen have this ‘impatience’. And I have not seen many cultures… so, I am not sure.

Changing the “system” is something that takes painfully long time, especially in a democratic setup. One needs to get the “buy in” from the masses or “cheat” them in order to do “unbelievable changes”. Getting the buy-in from masses to do changes is not easy. Although we are ‘impatient’ we are not ready to change either. We may do doctor-hopping impatiently, we may want to try out different medications, but are not ready to change our lifestyles; eat more vegetables, get more exercise, so that we do not have to visit doctors too often. The great dilemma of change comes in to play here. We want things to improve, but we also don’t want to them to change.

Politicians hold the reigns in every aspect of Sri Lankan lives. Politicians have made sure that nothing is outside of their control. Well, in fact; it almost seems that Sri Lanka exists for the purpose of politicians to do their politics and everything else is secondary. Within such a system, whether we like it or not, the biggest impact towards positive changes can be done within political system itself. So we are at the mercy of the good politicians who actually want to do some positive changes.

Anything outside of party politics cannot yield quick results. It needs a lot of patience; exact thing that you have complained that we are lacking. Iron grip the politicians are having on every aspect of the society need to be taken off, one finger at a time. Most of all, more and more people should start to think on their own, and free their minds of this iron grip.

Doctors may tell us to eat vegetables and have more exercise. However, they also know that healthy lives will reduce their business, the commission from pharmaceutical companies, foreign tours, the lucrative private practice. (Apologies for all those doctors out there who genuinely care for a healthy nation. I am just using this as an easy example). Until the system changes in such a way that doctors will be getting paid for keeping the nation healthy, as opposed to treating them when they are sick, we cannot expect doctors to be genuine with their words. There can be a lot of good doctors out there who likes to change the system. No matter how romantic and far-fetched it sounds, we also can change the lifestyles of people outside of the system that involves doctors; only if we accept the fact that it is a slow process that requires a lot of patience.
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