Uncovering Pakistan’s ‘why’ one step at a time
What are the social responsibilities that Pakistanis value?
The first generation Pakistanis – the ones who sacrificed their lives to make Pakistan were somewhat of an odd group of people.
They didn’t think twice what Pakistan will give them.
For them, Pakistan was a symbol of hope, self-governance, and Islamic values.
It’s something magnanimous to the ones who are still alive from that generation.
Sadly, though, they couldn’t pass this knowledge on to their direct descendants in time.
The 3rd and the 4th generation of Pakistanis were left without a goal, a sense of direction and support.
It’s not to say that we’re completely shooting blanks in the dark, but it’s pretty damn close….
In order to understand why Pakistan was made, one cannot analyze social responsibilities separately from the character of Pakistan.
What does it mean to be a socially responsible person?
As many of us are already aware, social responsibility was taught to us at a very young age.
Although this auspicious task was never seen as a complete system and way of life, it was still given to us as means of making sense of life.
To be honest, we don’t need to improve anything about ourselves.
What we do need to improve is the way we do things.
The way we live our lives and the way we interact with other people.
This isn’t to say that you can say anything to anyone as you please.
But, we don’t want to take away from the fact that human learning should come naturally to you at all times.
No matter the age you’re living through, learning should always be easy as eating pie.
In fact, in some instances, learning is easier than eating pie.
Imagine a child, someone who’s learning to speak a language for the first time ever.
He/She hasn’t read any books or completed any lengthy courses in order to utter their first word.
Yet, he/she still utters their first words without any effort, without needing any systems or methods of speech.
Just as a baby bird knows how to fly naturally without needing to figure it out, a baby human can learn to arrange the world in a way that’s suitable to their liking.
There’s nothing hard or strange about it.
I was once caught in a trap where I was being told that I needed to self-improve – that I was lacking in something or that something was wrong with me.
When you meet someone for the first time, it’s always a novel experience, yet you can almost immediately (within seconds) determine if this person is trustworthy in that moment or not.
How is that possible?
The only explanation is that you have it hardwired into your genes…to be able to recognize patterns and learn things that other beings can’t.
Just like that, you should also be able to figure out what socially responsible means.
It’s not hard, yet some Eastern and Western philosophers make it difficult because they don’t know any other method of making money.
You already have it in you to be a socially responsible person.
But how do you become a socially responsible citizen?
As discussed, it’s easier than it sounds. You try to understand what patterns are around you.
What patterns can you learn from?
Do you need a book to tell you what they are? Absolutely not! You don’t even need Koran for this!
But, you do need a book (say, Koran) to tell you what can you do better to live more fully….
[That’s a topic for another day, not discussed here]
If you still don’t understand what I mean here, then here’s a small checklist that you can use to check yourself and see if you’re a socially responsible person:
- You’re always curious about the most subtle things
- You talk to others assuming that you’re projecting positive energy unto them
- You look towards things as if you’re looking at them for the first time ever
- When you see someone in need, you lend your hand out to help them up
- You never question anything that you do – that’s also morally responsible
- You never question or doubt yourself that you’re a bad person
- Most importantly, you don’t doubt your parents, your family, your friends and your way of life
Do you need a lifestyle change then in order to come back to these roots?
Perhaps you do, and perhaps you don’t…
See if you’re somebody who has never committed a felony or hurt anybody for petty reasons, you’re probably already good with this.
But, if you’re somebody who was wronged by other people because they had wronged themselves, then I suggest you read what’s written here very carefully.
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to “self-improvement” then that means that you’ve lost your way.
And believe me, that’s completely fine. You don’t become a horrible monster just because you’re depressed or that you don’t know where to go or who to turn to.
It’s natural that as social animals, humans tend to do better in social settings and groups.
What are the behaviors you need to change in order to “improve” yourself and get back on track?
- Form good habits (there’s a reason why this point is on the top of the list)
- Learn to speak a beautiful word, and learn to write a beautiful word
- Look at the things around you, do they really make you angry? Sad? Lonely? If so, then why?
- Answer the ‘why’ of your life based on what you already know and what your upbringing has taught you
- Take time away from fancy gadgets such as cellphones, computers, and tablets and really focus on what you really want from life
- Try to live your life the way you would as if you were a child learning everything from the beginning (it shouldn’t be hard to do)
Fortunately, Pakistan’s founding fathers made provisions for this in our constitution and social structuring.
Unfortunately, their methods were hardly ever implemented.
This caused a schism between the elite and the average in such a ruthless way that it’ll take the collective energy of the entire citizenry to overcome this shortfall.
Social responsibility that supports the ‘why’ behind the existence of Pakistan
To not be a miserly fool, or a wretch who hurts other people for his/her amusement, the integrity of social responsibility must be protected at all times.
Muslims are a people who are taught to respect other humans and cultures since the time of the Prophet (PBUH).
This tradition had continued until the British usurpers destroyed the Muslim way of life not very long ago.
It’s not to say that the Muslims aren’t at fault here, but to call a duck a duck, and point the finger towards malicious intent.
Muslims were living peacefully in their lands, with 99% literacy rate in Urdu and Persian languages, then why bother to change the system?
Because of ego, hubris, and a belief that one’s way of doing something is better than others.
Muslims never said anything like this until they were forced to do so.
When their very existence came under severe fire and their way of life was in utter danger of getting destroyed.
Everyone talks how wonderful the railway is, but no one really gives credit to the ones who built it in the first place: the Ottoman engineers.
Everyone knows about Tesla, but does anyone know about Ibn e Firnas and his contributions to the scientific world?
The bias in the Western narrative is not only apparent, it is quite (might I add ‘deliberately’) widespread.
Pakistan is meant to uphold social responsibility so that any human being calling Pakistan their home can enjoy a fulfilling and happy life.
The social responsibilities include:
- Looking out for others and providing them with support
- Helping yourself becoming a person of knowledge and who uses his/her skill set to the best of their abilities
- Becoming a society where trustworthiness is not the exception, but the rule (notice I didn’t say honesty)
- A society where no one will need help, but it would still be provided for them should they ever need it
- A “system” where people feel that they don’t have to struggle to make ends meet or keep their financial energies up
- A federation that rewards those who look after one another and help them increase their level of satisfaction in life
- A secure society that takes full responsibility for its actions and even failures
Failures aren’t a bad thing within themselves, they’re rather a window into your current skill level.
It doesn’t take much to get started and do something worthwhile, it’s the consistency in your action that’s the challenge.
How the first generation saw a socially responsible Pakistan
The thought never crossed their mind that something was wrong with them.
Because there was literally nothing wrong with them.
Yes, they had flaws and gaps in their knowledge, but not in their character.
They were the best of human beings who laid down their lives or saw the massacre first hand so that their great grandchildren can live in a prosperous Pakistan.
Their sacrifice was thoroughly acknowledged and accepted by Quaid e Azam (the Great Leader):
The social responsibility of every citizen also contains the right to not become mentally challenged.
Or go so far ahead in religious zeal that it would become difficult for you to hold the perspective of the truth.
The first generation truly appreciated the words of Allama Iqbal and Quaid e Azam to such a degree that it moved them to leave their livelihoods to create Pakistan.
This is the kind of social responsibility I’m talking about here.
That you realize that there’s always a goal bigger than yourself, follow that goal and spend your health, wealth, love, and happiness in the way of Allah.
That’s the true way of mo’min.
Someone who had aligned themselves with how Allah wants them to be, not how they want to be or how they want to pursue things according to their own desires.
Social responsibility is truly something grand in content, and sublime in existence.
You have to find it on your own and live it the way no one else but you can.