Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Sunday, May 31st, 2020

How to Address Social Issues


How to Address Social Issues

No problem can ever be solved unless it is identified properly. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to do it. There are different problems within a social and political life and people are caught in them in such a way that it is always difficult to come out of them. In most of the cases people become accustomed to those problems and never realize that they have the option of getting rid of them. This situation is further complicated by different interpretations of the problems and their solutions. Different people view social, economic and political problems with different spectacles and they have their own versions of how the problems are solved; therefore, they create a sea of confusion that drowns everyone.
At this stage it is important for the political and social leaders to come forward and provide guidance to the people. They should be educated, trained and experienced enough to understand the true problems and make the best choice among the choices that are available for their solutions. However, in case of Afghanistan, the political and social leaders, themselves, further add to the confusion of the people, instead of providing them solutions. In most of the cases, they even highlight the wrong problems so that people get diverted towards those issues and forget the real issues that the society faces. In this way they are able to achieve their self-centered objectives and keep on meeting their personal goals.
People, on the other hand, remain confused and unaware of their social and political responsibilities. A cursory glance at the mindset of the common people will depict that though there is a realization and complain against myriads of problems, there is no clear idea or vision about how to tackle these problems and what to prioritize. 
As a matter of fact, we have forgotten the real issues and we are so lazy that we do not want to the reach to the roots of the issues that we are facing; that is why we are not able to solve our issues. We keep on cutting the leaves, while never touch the branches, the trunk and most importantly the root, and we expect that the leaves would not grow again, which is really weird.
We believe that changing few things here and there may solve our real issues, but that is not the case. In fact, the measures that we take to change few things are all based on the wrong diagnosis. The medicine that we have suggested for the infection in our society is not suitable for it at all because the diagnosis is not appropriate. Unless, we have proper diagnosis, how can we suggest the proper medicines? It is really impossible that the medicine for fever must cure tuberculosis.
There are many in our society, among our so-called leaders, the most intelligent among our government authorities and intellectuals who claim that they are paying service to their countrymen, and they believe that they have the treatment of all sorts of our social diseases and infections. They keep on insisting that they the society has the same disease that they have cure for; they do not let us know that it is possible as well that our disease is of the type they do not have any awareness about. Nonetheless, now we have to decide that how long these sorts of insane and illogical approaches and practices would continue? How long would we keep on suffering from the, otherwise, curable infections? 
Now is the time that we adopt a somewhat logical and reasonable approach. We require understanding that we have to change the society as a whole if we are really interested in curing its disease. We need to rebuild and strengthen its immune system so that it is able to resist against the infections successfully. We have to make it believe that it can live without an infection and that it has a choice to do so. We need to make it appear beautiful and clean and let its susceptibility to diseases shrink. We need to fill its stomach with the hard-earned and easily digestible food, and make its veins filled with the blood full of energy and life. We need to strengthen its bone with the vitamins of determination and iron will. We need to make its mind clear and able to think logically and rationally. We need to make its legs and hands supportive enough so that it will be able to stand on its own and do things independently.
There is no more room for mistakes, laziness and ignorance. The time would never wait for us and the history is never lenient to the ones who are not prepared and who waste their time in repeating their errors. We need to re-diagnose the infections of our society and need to suggest medicine as per the proper diagnosis.   

S. Asim is the newly emerging writer of the Daily Outlook Afghanistan. He can be reached outlookafghanistan@gmail.com

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