About "Love - Not Hate"

What Is Love - Not Hate

As Sri Lanka emerges out of decades of internal conflict, the urgency of building trust between polarized communities has to assume the centre of discourse. A population previously burdened with conflict and the tsunami now has an unprecedented opportunity to join hands and work together towards a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka. Previously, parallel communities have lived side by side in tolerance with each other. This culture has to change from mere tolerance to respect, understanding and acceptance of the "other‟. This will in turn create an environment for respecting cultures, religions and values together with the aim of developing a society that understands each other. In order to do this love, and not hate, is of utmost importance.

Against this backdrop, the focus on ensuring the harmonious coexistence of Sri Lankan citizens rests at the pinnacle of efforts towards building trust between communities and ultimately contributing towards lasting reconciliation of the society, where the past is used constructively to build for the future. Stressing the value of compassion (where we treat others as we expect to be treated), a commitment to respect, understanding and acceptance leading to coexistence would celebrate love and not hatred.

Born into an atmosphere of prevalent conflict, we the citizens of mother Sri Lanka wholeheartedly espouse the sentiments of this commitment. Convinced that genuine reconciliation can only be achieved through compassion, respect, understanding, acceptance and peaceful coexistence, it is our intention to encourage and garner widespread awareness and support. As youth inherit the task of shaping the future of the country, it is not merely an endeavour, but a responsibility to promote the realization of a united Sri Lanka.

"I pledge to Love not Hate" welcomes the active support and cooperation of everyone in this pledge for coexistence, to Love and not to Hate. It is envisaged that this pledge will represent an appreciation of the importance of reconciliation and a commitment to lasting peace in Sri Lanka.

  • I pledge to abide by the principle of compassion which calls upon us to always treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves.
  • I pledge to speak a kind word to a fellow human being, every day.
  • I pledge to speak good about others in humanity
  • I pledge to help the one who needs my help and do my utmost to alleviate poverty.
  • I pledge to stand up for social justice.
  • I pledge to do my part to develop my country.
  • I pledge to respect one another.
  • I pledge to build trust.
  • I pledge to be a voice for the voiceless.
  • I pledge to stand for a united Sri Lanka.
  • I pledge to love, not hate.

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Muttaiah Muralitharan

Muttaiah Muralitharan

Cricketer

Trustee - Foundation of Goodness

Kushil Gunasekera

Kushil Gunasekera

Founder

Foundation of Goodness

Kushil Gunasekera

Mr.Bradman Weerakoon

Civil Servant

Secretary to Nine Heads of State

Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka

Diplomat

Former Ambassador for the UN in Geneva

Prof. S.T. Hettige

Prof. S.T. Hettige

Academic

Senior Professor
Chair of Sociology

Jeevan Mendis

Jeevan Mendis

Cricketer

Sri Lanka National Cricket Team

Stephanie Siriwardena

Stephanie Siriwardena

Model/Social Worker

Miss Universe Sri Lanka 2011

Chanaka Welagedara

Chanaka Welagedara

Cricketer

Sri Lanka National Cricket Team

Dimuth Karunaratne

Dimuth Karunaratne

Cricketer

Sri Lanka National Cricket Team

Upul Chandana

Upul Chandana

Former Cricketer

Sri Lanka National Cricket Team

Ravindra Pushpakumara

Ravindra Pushpakumara

Former Cricketer

Sri Lanka National Cricket Team

Sanjeeva Ranatunga

Sanjeeva Ranatunga

Former Cricketer

Sri Lanka National Cricket Team

RaviHaNs Watakkepotha

RaviHaNs Watakkepotha

Musician

Music Director, Producer and Score Writer

Niluka Karunarathne

Niluka Karunarathne

Badminton Player

Sri Lanka Badminton Captain & Olympic 2012 Athlete

Lahiru Mudaliyage

Lahiru Mudaliyage

Presenter

TV
Presenter

Pasindu Peiris

Pasindu Peiris

Racer

Professional Race Driver in Sri Lanka

Angelo Perera

Angelo Perera

Cricketer

Sri Lanka A Team
Nondescript Cricket Club (NCC)

Sri Lanka United

Sri Lanka United

Organization

One Island, One People, One Identity

Rotaract Sri Lanka

Rotaract Sri Lanka

Organization

Rotaract International District 3220

Prashan De Visser

Prashan De Visser

Founder

Founder/President of Sri Lanka Unites

Prashan Ashan Silva

Ashan Silva

Racer

Professional Race Driver in Sri Lanka

Ashanthi De Alwis

Ashan Silva

Artiste

Sri Lankan Recording Artiste

Major General Daya Rathnayake

Major General Daya Rathnayake

SL Army

Chief of Staff - Sri Lanka Army

Captain Elmo Jayawardena

Captain Elmo Jayawardena

Social Worker

President - CandleAid Lanka

De Lanerolle Brothers

De Lanerolle Brothers

Artiste

Sri Lankan Band / Artiste

One World Volunteers

One World Volunteers

Organization

One World Volunteers

Randhir Withana

Randhir Withana

Artiste

Sri Lankan Recording Artiste and Producer

Jayathma Wickramanayake

Jayathma Wickramanayake

Youth Representative

Official Youth Delegate of SL to the UN

Air Vice Marshal P.B. Premachandra

Air Vice Marshal P.B. Premachandra

SL Air Force

Former Chief of Staff - SL Air Force

Steffen Blaze

Steffen Blaze

Artiste

Sri Lankan Radio Personality

Vimukthi Jayasundara

Vimukthi Jayasundara

Artiste

Award winning film director, screen writer and visual artist.

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