Sarath Wijayapala

Sydney, Australia

About Sarath

Bio

I am a chartered graduate mechanical engineer with land-based marine engineering experience acquired in Sri Lanka as well as in Australia. My experience covers shipyard development, quality assurance, engineering management and project management. I am a Chartered Professional (mechanical) Engineer of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka..

Languages

English, Japanese

Areas of Expertise

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Project Management, Quality Assurance

An idea worth spreading

Armed Conflicts in the world arise for various reasons but are fuelled by the oversupply of weapons/ammunition.Thus there is the commercial imperative to create/facilitate conflict so that there is a market/demand for these goods.Thus if there is going to be a minimal conflict world (it is naive to assume a utopian world with no conflcts!), world leaders (particularly United Nations) will have to find a solution to find an outlet for these industries without actually producing these destructive items. e.g. Gun Barrel makers can produce thick wall tubing for gas/oil industries; Tank/armored vehicle manufacturers can make high ground clearance heavy vehicles etc.One has to be realistic to ensure that the production facilities for such items remain available to revert back to produce military items at short notice if the world situation so requires it. As the income from such production might not match what weapon/ammunition sales generates, UN might have to subsidise such manufacturers.

I'm passionate about

Delivering results/outcomes in whatever area of undertaking overcoming obstacles.

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Innovations that help the human race at large.

My TED story

I became aware of this Website only today through a friend's friend. I think its is a fantastic tool for the spreading and discussing new ideas. I will visit this site regularly from now on.

Comments & conversations

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Sarath Wijayapala
Posted over 2 years ago
Pretend for a moment that proof of the existence, or non-existence, of life after death has become available. Do you choose to know, or not?
Hi Libbey, Personally I do not want to know whether there is life after death or not. The vast majority of people have inherited their religions (i.e.belief systems which include matters of life and death) and will live accordingly. If the people live helping those in need and not harming others, it is my belief that no harm will come their way when one dies. Depending on their belief systems, people can assume that they will go to heaven, reborn in a better plane of existence etc. One need not worry if their conscience is clear. It is those who have done harm to others with their guilty subconscience worry about life after death fearing some sort of punishment!
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Sarath Wijayapala
Posted over 2 years ago
How can projects like TED contribute to solving the Arab-Israeli conflict?
Hi Eli, I am glad that open-minded people like you live in Israel and can express their views without censorship. It is easy for us from outside to stereotype both Israelis and Palestinians but the reality is that the vast majority of people in both countries are peace loving people who believe in the "live and let live" principle and values. When you get to the bottom of things, all races finally become the human race, with the same feelings such as love, desires, aspirations, fears etc. It is really only a handful of people in each country who are inflexible and believe in their country's supremacy over the other and hence unable to reach a concensus through compromise. So the solution is for the vast majority in both countries to start communicating freely with each other using all the tools of the digital world to increase the understanding of each other, disregarding the rhetoric of their leadership. With such a solid understanding and relationship established between the peoples, the political leaders will become irrelevant, specially if such peoples start a political party (to achieve peaceful co-existence as the theme) in each country and obtain political power throough democratic process (but NOTviolent means). Then the current leaders will be relegated to irrelevance and the peacelovers will rule both countries who will be able to reach a compromise. older Israelis can remember how they were persecuted by the Nazis in the last century and would be able to empathise with the Palestine people who are currently being persecuted albeit not to the same extent as by the Nazis. As they say charity begins at home and I propose that the digitally savvy younsgters in each country develop friendships with another family across the border and involve their family members to communicate as well, which should follow with visiting each other as there is nothing to beat face to face meetings. Establishing mutual trust is vital to reach peace in any context.
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Sarath Wijayapala
Posted over 2 years ago
A way to facilitate world peace
Rhona, Can you please give some examples how to inject increasing amounts of positive things and deeds when a lot of armed cnflicts are going on in the world leading to unnecessary suffering of peoples? A large percentage of countries' wealth is spent on weapons either as an aggressor or defender of its territory or its interests. I am a realist and not have the same idealistic utopian views as you do, although yours is the ideal goal.
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Sarath Wijayapala
Posted over 2 years ago
A way to facilitate world peace
Thanks for your comments. I am aware of the normal law of supply and demand. But in the case of the weapons it is a distorted market. Based on your approach, how do you propose to reduce the demand for weapons so that weapons supply will dry up? It is not long ago during George Bush's presidency, USA was trying to creat confllicts with North Korea etc. Let us not forget that weapons industry is big business in many countries who are always searching for markets to sell in. When there are no/less confllicts there is no/less demand for these weapons and that is when there is temptation to start a conflict directly or support insurrections/revolts indirectly to create the market.