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Ashes To Ashes, Dust To Dust, Life Is Too Short So Party We Must!
Indeed what a beautiful quote it is and very true, it gives us a lot to think about, I mean why waste time lets do something with this life. We got only one. Let’s have a party, what else we have to do…. I got my dads car Guys lets hop in! Ahmed! “you got your dads money right”, ‘yeah man right here’!!….Woo Hoo!. Here we go.
Yes a party! That is something we all must do, I mean lifes gonna end anyway! But the real question is can we all party? Can all human beings are in position to party? Are we all that resourceful? The answer is No! “But why?” Is it not true that life is short? We are going to end up dead anyway why not hit a few drinks, drugs and get high. The answer is that the life indeed is short but have you ever stopped and think while looking at a man on the street crying of hunger and pain that does he deserves as such. Why God did this to him? Why do I have more and he has less? Does my life have a meaning?
All human beings might be equal but not equally blessed. God has a way of distributing his blessings to its creature. Everything is in due proportion and a balance of a life has been created. And that same balance is for our moralities as well. The things that develop our natural care and affection towards other humans include such qualities, besides that our religion teaches us the way to that affection and its need so that we may understand ‘the less blessed’. So does the meaning of life ends at a certain point? Well it does not! It continues till we get mature enough to understand it, it might be relative for a individual or a different class but it helps one to get into balance.
So does this mean we shouldn’t party? ofcorse not! Lets define what party is… if party means to enjoy life as it is and let others too, help people and feel good. But if your party means wasting time and money on yourself your vanity and being a wall for others to enjoy and becoming a selfish person, developing ego, greed and pride in your heart then my friend you are destroying nature and balance of morality of the human lifecycle.
What is then the enjoyment of this short life? A short answer for this question is “love”. God has provided every one with a balanced distribution of it as well. A man who loves his work enjoys it, a man who loves his family he enjoys it, a man who has nothing still he wakes up in the morning and looks at the beauty of gardens and birds and feels his love in it, a man who worships his God feels the love and finds his enjoyment inside. Love is something everyone has .Its best to share it and live with happiness, why not share? We share the sun, we share the moon, we share this beauty of mother earth so why not open your hearts and share your love.
Life indeed is short and no one knows when he is going to die. So its best to live this life with true harmony, peace and love and enjoy it while it lasts. Seek the truth within, let go your ego. No matter whom you are, what religion you belong to, what color you are or where you from. Just “Live and let live”
Assuming from the title one must come to conclusion that this is one of the articles that consists
some ideas that might extinguish the word poverty from the face of Pakistan but in fact this
is not how the system works! Poverty is and always has been a part of general life! It is not
there to be exterminated but it is there, so that one can become a man. God created it and it
is there for a reason! It was there in the best of the governments and still there in the worst. It
was there during the times of Moses, it was there in the time of Jesus, it was there at the time of
Muhammad (p.b.u.h) and it is still here today!
But here we talk what to do with it?
All beggars are not to be considered as one of the poor! But in a country like Pakistan beggars
are considered poor and helpless for general public and for such people public shows piety and
provide them ‘alms’. Do such people deserve such help? Are they really in need? How can we
“Thoughtless alms giving” is the virus not ‘poverty’!
Apart from the idea of religious duty of giving alms, all naturally kind hearted people find true joy
in helping those whose poverty and distress move their pity. They learn the truth of saying” it is
more blessed to give than to receive”. But alms should be given carefully and thoughtfully; for
thoughtless almsgiving may do more harm than good.
Here in Pakistan both the giver and the receiver are too busy in their work. The giver has no
time for the receiver and the receiver also does not have time for a single giver. In simple
words ‘indiscriminate charity encourages idleness and hypocrisy, and pauperizes the poor.
So to give a few rupees to a beggar may ease ones conscience, but it leaves the problem of
poverty unsolved. To do the poor any real good, we must know them and their circumstances,
and try to relieve them in a way that will really help them without making their miserable state
worse. But to find out really deserving cases, to decide whether money, or food, or work, or
medicine, is the kind of help needed, requires a lot of time, toil and patience, -an amount of
trouble which we are not always willing to take. It is easier to throw a beggar a coin, and, with
the feeling that we have done our duty, go on our way and forget all about him.
In Pakistan begging is so widespread, and so strongly entrenched in religious custom that
it forms a very serious social problem. A large number of Pakistani faqeer are professional
baggers are able bodied men who could support themselves by honest work if they wanted to
do so, but they find much easier to live idle lives, depending on charity of those who have to
work for a living. So now this country is full of such drug addicted wanderers. And if we do not
provide them with any coin in our pocket, it is us who feel bad about it not them, for they are
sure enough to find another on the next stop.
By simply improving the general government systems of charity and zakat which should be
carefully monitored under several other institutions and public levels so that the chances of
corruption should be minimized to maximum extent which might lead our poor to their basic
needs and lessen their troubles. So this disease might not be as infectious as it is today.
In a country like pakistan i see confusion in every matter…! The main problem of pakistan is the majority of illitrate and narrow minded people. Which are the main reason the real patriots never get a position in the politics! I’ll explain my point with this story…..
There is a story about this kind of lizard called the chameleon. Two friends talking about it almost quarrelled about its colour, one saying it was blue and the other swearing it was green. While they were arguing, a third man joined them and he said they were both wrong. He had caught a chameleon last night, and it was black. All three went to see it, but when its captor took it out of the box where he had put it they were amazed to see that it was not blue, or green or black, but white!
The real explanation is that a chameleon has the ability to change its pigment according to its surroundings. So all of them were right but at the same time wrong.
In the same way truth is many-sided, and different people see different sides. So every question has at least two sides. Narrow-minded people can see only one side and it takes a broad-minded man to see both. Example can be seen by the recent doctor-media fight incident. Very few people saw both sides, And as media supporting themselves showed only their side of the story. Hence with majority narrow minded people in pak they sided with the media and started cursing the doctors for no apparent reason.
Consider the different ways in which diffrent people will look at a social problem in pakistan, say poverty. Some will say that poverty is entirely due to laziness, thriftlessness or strong drink;-p. Let the poor work and save and keep sober, and there will be no more poverty. Other people will point out that idleness, thriftlessness and drunkenness are themselves the result of poverty– the wretched circumstances in which the poor are brought up. So one party says, change the man and he will change his surroundings,and the other says, change the surroundings and you will change the man. And then they quarrel and fight. Yet both are right, each sees one side of the question, but only one. A wise and broad-minded reformer will see both, and work both for the individual and for social reform.
Or, take politics. In most democratic countries there are two great parties, which correspond to the conservatives and the liberals. The conservative wants to keep things as they are, fearing that any change will do more harm than good(example: HARRIPUR HAZARA standup against the name ‘khyber pakhtoon khwa’) ; the liberal stands for reform, change and progress. Now both are in a way right. Because no social organization is perfect, we must reform abuses, adopt better methods(i.e islamic), and progress to better things.
But it has often happened (as in the french revolution) that, if people are in too great a hurry to make progress, they destory many good institutions with the bad, and even wreck the whole constitution. But narrow-minded politicians of different views do not see this ; and so, each seeing only his side of the question, they fight. A real statesman sees both.