Pakistan – The world’s most dangerous place 2
As is clear from the title, this is a follow-up to my earlier blog Pakistan – The world’s most dangerous place. In that blog I just told the readers about an article in The Economist and did not go into detail about my opinion on the issue. Many people read that article and commented on it. Soon after my fellow blogger A for [pine]Apple posted Peace of Mind: Where art thee?, a very thought provoking article along the same lines.
First I’d like to comment on A for [pine]Apple’s car getting stolen. Islamabad, even in its most crime-free days, had a handful of car thefts. I will not be quick to reject the argument that this may be one of those handfuls. Nonetheless, I hope that the author may regain possession of their vehicle.
Let’s have a look at the article in the economist. Most of what has been said in that article is true. Most, not all. Yes, the political situation in the country is very unclear. Yes the role of the military is becoming increasingly unbearable. The lack of leadership is clear. But are these really the problems we want to be focusing on solving?
I think not. What we really need to focus on, are the underlying causes for these problems and all that plagues our country. We need to focus on the people. A for [pine]Apple has it spot on when she says its the people that are responsible. We, the nation are the problem. But then we are also the solution.
What’s wrong with us anyway? Why are we as a nation unable to grow out of these teething problems our country faces?
I have an idea about what the problems are. I actually saw most of them in comments people made to A for [pine]Apple’s post. People blaming someone else for what’s wrong, people talking about giving up and detaching themselves from the problem instead of owning up to them, and no one, not one person came close to giving a proper solution to these problems.
So thats what I’m asking for now. Lets stop running away from our problems. Let’s embrace them. If we cant fix things, we can atleast find a workable solution these problems.
My solution: Tolerance. People co-existing peacefully. People willing to accomodate a competitive thought from another. People open to the opinion of other’s even if it is contrary to their own. If we can do this, we will learn to listen and maybe one day someone will have something to say that can bring change for the good.
Comments please, as always.