From self exile to self oblivion, we’re a nation of Ostriches!

Being my usual selfish self I am, with my apathetic attitude, yet again living in voluntary oblivion. The problem isn’t what I can do. It is the worth of it all. Perhaps I don’t understand how this works, but shouting slogans or discussing the matter over lunch isn’t the solution.

I understand that there’s a need to educate the masses. Perhaps educate is too far fletched a term. We need to make the masses aware. Aware of their very existence, of the fact that they are free, that they have rights to improve their lives. But before that, we need to show them what improvement will bring to them. There are people in rural, or better called undeveloped areas of Pakistan where over the irony that there’s no Geo, no radio, no telephone, no road, no cement, no tap is the reality that people are unaware that any such thing exists. There are people who believe that “Waliowanka Goth” is where the universe began, exists and beyond which ceases to exist. There are places where there are people that don’t know what Sindh or Balochistan or Karachi is. Where people have heard from their forefathers or their (tribal) lord of Bhutto or Musharraf or the Bibi or Mian but no one’s seen them. There are indeed places where people would worship the one pointed out by their (tribal) leader.

We can cry of democracy and basic rights, but before there can be any of that, before there can be any justice, democracy or education, there has to be awareness. And for that we can each make an effort. Try and enlighten those living in rural/undeveloped areas. We have access to them through our maids, janitors, security guards and so many others around us. We must realize that these people are highly urbanized but people in their homelands that represent the majority of our population live in mass oblivion. Can we not equip them with tools to learn about the world they live in? Bring their families a step closer to education by making them aware through a language they can understand so that they may have the understanding to say no when they are told that television is the Devil! Before they can be taught any ABC they need to be taught airplane, balloon and car.

Anyone interested? I have a plan. And please no kitty party club. I’m sick of those.

Sign up if you’re on board and keep watching this space for more. O and you can wear one of those black bands if you think it’ll help.

9 Replies to “From self exile to self oblivion, we’re a nation of Ostriches!”

  1. Asim u r talking about awareness..but dont u think that awareness comes from education..so why not put education out first priority…

    Is every educated person aware about good and bad or awareness is something which has nothing to do with education?

  2. a plan? i love plans. shoot

    @Rameez, have you heard the term ‘parhey likhey jahil’? it’s a real phenomenon, trust me.

  3. “I know we needed action. Most of us from Pakistan were horrified. When news began pouring in that LUMS, the premier university of Pakistan had started to become the epicenter of protest, and that others like FAST in Lahore, GIK and QAU in Islamabad and NED and IBA in Karachi had followed in hot pursit, we were heartened.”

    From a friend’s blog [http://herekar.blogspot.com/2007/11/black-sunday.html]

    Did you know that Imran Khan was at LUMS giving a talk when emergency was declared and his arrest warrant was issued? See [http://fazalashfaq.blogspot.com/2007/11/imran-khan-at-lums.html] another friend’s blog. Both interesting reading on student activism.

    And finally, have a look at http://www.esnips.com/web/emergencytelegraph

  4. I’m on a roll here… Do have a look at (and subscribe to) pakistaniat.com, a website run by liberal Pakistani’s about everything Pakistan. Which, these days happens to include what YOU can do to help in the current situation:

    “We each do what we can. We speak out to the media (I have had more than a dozen media interviews and comments already, we give talks (I have been giving multiple talks on this a day), we send out messages of support to those on the front lines in Pakistan to let them know that they are not alone, we sign petitions, and above all we hold hands in solidarity and vent our feelings where ever we can – on blogs, on phone calls to friends, in gatherings. All of this helps some, but one keeps wondering if it really makes a difference to the big picture?

    Even if it is not, it is clearly worth doing. But can more be done? What? How? We would like to hear from our readers on that. Please let us know what is already happening as well as suggest what more could happen.”

    Do contribute to the discussion on pakistaniat.com

  5. Thanks Abid. There is this feeling of helplessness. One constantly asks oneself what good is doing any of this though I do agree that it’s important to show support to those on the front lines

    Irfan Hussain’s talk on the 7th was good. We must realize that no matter how hopeless the situation might be or how disappointed one may get, apathy won’t get us anywhere. One has to choose, and in this case the lesser of the evil.

    In no means does this mean that our efforts should end there. Each of us can still do a lot more. Even it is from the safety of our burrows.

    Man my head hurts. Oww…

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