Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Our Degraded Priorities

Every society is recognized from the types of its problems and the nature of its values and habits of its people. The great societies of the world that achieved the zenith of development and success and the ones that have dominated the contemporary socio-political and economic spheres of life are the ones that discuss and value new ideas, knowledge, scientific developments, philosophical questions and modern thoughts. Their considerations and problems are the ones that are related to human development and advancement and the progress of human societies. They do not prefer the issues that are obsolete, have no value in human life and society and can in no way benefit them.
They strive to discover the universe, the living beings in them and try to uncover the reasons of different phenomena. They have reached to other planets and have extended their knowledge and research to the limitless expansions of the universe. They prefer education, educational institutions and respect teachers and students. They spend their whole lives in discovering ways to fight different diseases. They, as a matter of fact, have kept on evolving and developing with the changing nature of time.
On the other hand, if our society is recognized by its immature behavior, it is not really weird. Insignificant thoughts and false displays are within the roots of our society. Actually, we are suffering from the stagnancy of thoughts and there is no thirst for knowledge and wisdom within our people. We, as a matter of fact, are the dwarfs who, even standing on their own shoulders, appear to be dwarfs. We are only worthy of being mocked and laughed upon.
The traditions and values in our society are really odd and out of understanding. A limited number of people have decided to devour the entire wealth of the nation. Another group is busy only in the false display of wealth and status. Certain old men have shouldered the responsibility of proving the wrongs of the ruling elite right through holy scriptures; while another honorable group is striving tirelessly to earn fame in every possible manner.
They have, in reality, lost their connection with the actual problems of the time. The most unfortunate fact is that the intellectuals have forgotten their responsibilities. Though they claim their rights from the society but they seem to have forgotten that the society which they ignore cannot be expected to understand their rights, as well. Has earning fame ever been a top priority issue for the sane people of the society? Our society has adopted the non-issues and wasting time on them. As a matter of fact, we are far behind our actual social, civil and philosophical problems. Our people are behaving like the immature boys and it seems to be written on our foreheads that we do not have any serious issues at the moment and for the times to come God will keep us away from all the problems.
Though we are human, we have forgotten the habits of thinking and understanding. The fact is that our people have not been provided the required sanity and boldness to ponder upon the challenges of time and challenge the prevailing values and understandings. We are habitual of saying only those words that seem appropriate to everyone as we are afraid to make others angry. We, from the very beginnings of our lives, are taught to compromise and adjust. Even if there is a place for one person to sit in a car, we can adjust two persons there. We strive to fit ourselves in the mold of traditions and practices even though they may be obsolete and insane.
Someone had said that whenever I consider the problems of others as mine, they become angry and consider me their enemy. Same is the case in our society; if a person tries to divert the attention of others towards their actual problems, they mind it and consider it a lie.
We have only a single ideal to pursue and that is our ‘past’. Unfortunately, the past has not always been glorious and our people seem to follow the same portion of the past that was inglorious. I don’t understand why our people do not live their own lives instead of living the lives of their forefathers. If they really want to make difference to themselves and to the world, they need to start living their own lives – their present not past.
If we lack a serious consideration to our present and to the life, we would never be able to have a sincere relation with knowledge and even with our beliefs. Though we seem to have inhabited the cities, but we have deserted our conscience and our spirits. We seem like alien in our own world. We need to wake up; we need to understand that we are pursuing the wrong directions and the wrong destinations. We must realize that we are not using our humanly attributes in their full capacities and we are not fulfilling the responsibility of being true human being.