I often call our society a frustrated society. From a poor rickshaw driver to a middle-class bank worker, everyone seems to be frustrated here. By considering few examples, let me define it to you more clearly. A university student is scheduled to appear in his semesterâ€™s final exams next week and his locality has been without electricity for three days. Can he/she perform well in the exams? A young graduate has recently got his job in a multi-national company. His home has been without electricity the whole night and he/she is due to start work for the first time, the very next morning. Can he/she perform well at his/her job? A father is unable to afford the huge fees of a private university. Would his son/daughter be able to become an engineer? I am frustrated because there isnâ€™t ample supply of fresh water in my area, and I am bound to buy water in cans. Ali cannot reach his office on time because of a traffic jam which results in his bad performance at the office.
This is our â€˜standard of livingâ€™. We do not even have basic necessities of life. Electricity breakdowns, improper supply of water, bad condition of roads, huge traffic jams, ever-increasing expenses, poor medical facilities and our expensive and poor education system are just few of the problems we are facing. We say work hard for the country. We suggest our students to concentrate on their studies and to take an active part in research and development work. Yes – we expect our young generation to come up with creative and exceptional things. Residing in a third-world country, we are expecting our bus drivers, shop keepers, labourers, office workers, government employees and police officials to perform their work honestly and are not providing them with the required facilities. Keeping in view all these circumstances, I ask, how we can prosper under such conditions?
Hard, creative, consistent and honest work demands a good standard of living. This sub-standard living can never produce people with broad and creative minds. Human mind requires a peaceful atmosphere to develop and invent something. Whatever promises our leaders do, unless and until the â€˜standard of livingâ€™ of an average citizen does not increase, we will not prosper or be able to complete our Quaidâ€™s dream of making this nation one of the greatest nations of the world!