Sadhu,Sadhu,Sadhu Bhante Pesala,
I don’t think I can add any more to than what you said. However I like to share my experience with you here. This is a confession and a complain.
I was borne to a family with pride parents (Mana). I am from the highest cast, majority ethnic group, Buddhist majority, fair complexion, up country, middle class family.
I thought that the minority ethnic groups are second class citizens even though they were there for thousand years.
My parents did not want me to mingle with low cast people and I never thought that they have any dignity.
I was quite happy with my own little world.
My little world shattered when I had some experience when I went to a western country.
There is no cast system; most of the people are rich in comparison to a third world country, basically no discrimination except that I was subject to racial intolerance.
It really hearts me to the point that I wanted to go back to my country. However that experience taught me a good lesson.
I realise that how bad we were in our own country. This is a classic example of that you reap the Kamma in this life itself!
Pride (Mana – the thought that a person is higher, lower or equal) is such a curable
cancer in our mind.
Only when a person becomes an Arahant that the person will be fully free from this defilement.
Until such time we have to be aware of it and learn to live with it.
Please note that the people live in western countries have the legal protection against discrimination.
Third world countries such as India and Sri Lanka do not have legal protection for discrimination.