Trite and cliched but needs to be re-stated again and again
With this attitude of “This is Pakistan yahaan pur aisa hee hota hai….” we can go no where. How can you complain of a bad situation when we are hell bent on keeping this bad attitude. We all claim “it’s not my fault” none of us are willing to take responsibility and yet, things are becoming worse. If no one does anything wrong here then where is this mysterious ill coming from?
When we all complain about the infrastructure its because the progress of this city’s people is at stake. When we have the infrastructure people can concentrate on things like development and progress and social work. These two things, people’s progress and the infrastructure are tied to each other. The infrastructure changes so do the people’s attitudes, and vise versa. The snowball effect of growing (as humans) is aided by well structured cities and societies.
Saying “it’s been said before or that we all know all this… is not enough”. If it’s not being implemented then there is something wrong somewhere. We need to keep saying it until people act upon the change. When growing up we were told the same thing over and over again until it became part of our routine. If people display poor civic sense the correction has to be repeated.
They used to teach civics at school; now the only civics at schools are the cars that pick up the kids.
Some say the key is educating our women. Our future mothers so that they can teach the next generation. This generation of adults and young adults do no wrong as is clear from the lack of responsibility and accountability we see amongst us all.
There are a lot of them (educated folks) in the urban areas but if they still say… you do the wrong thing (and yes it does happen) it does not matter how much education (degrees) we give our folks. A lot people we see are literate (and by that I mean they can read and write, some may even have attended college, some even have access to the Worldwide web but if they show no culture, tehzeeb, tameez and compassion then they should be considered uneducated.
I think its everyone’s observation. Each of us calls the other Jahil at some time or another but honestly, what goes around comes around. So again, if we just check ourselves, the only ones we have any control over , we have a chance, else the people of Karachi can fight evolutionary battles and cease to even exist. Sometimes, getting rid of a bad seed is just as well, it helps the overall progress of the species. If we Karachi-ites are that bad seed, then perhaps humanity will be better off without us.
BUT this can change.
Simple easy steps. Like that episode of Seinfeld where George decides to do the opposite of his own instinct, and is thus successful, each time we want to do something, lets just weigh the options and do the opposite of our instinct! When cutting in line lets just check ourselves. Clearly the people standing in line have been there for some time, are also there for the same purpose. What makes you so special?
When we accommodate each other abroad, why then can’t we do it here? We Have ALL said this at one time or another, that Pakistanis suck here and they behave fine when they are abroad…. why? Do we not love this country?
Look, we each know all this, but when we do not implement this, it means nothing. We cannot look into each other’s minds (we are not living in “1984” and thought crime cannot be prevented or committed) and as such we cannot say that “here is someone who is good, but Karachi has made him behave this way”… we each judge each other by what we see and if we only see ill, then it does not matter what your intention was…. its the action that counts.
Means DO NOT JUSTIFY THE END.
THE SMALLEST GOOD DEED IS BETTER THAN THE GRANDEST INTENTION.
We have all heard this. When we behave badly in public, we are going to be judged by that (by others) not by what we each think inside.
Our Eastern cultures were known for the greater good group theory that you sacrifice oneself for the over all group betterment. Where is that today? We appear to be the poster children for the “me generation”.