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 thereâ€™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 â€œWaliowanka Gothâ€ is where the universe began, exists and beyond which ceases to exist. There are places where there are people that donâ€™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. Iâ€™m sick of those.
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