Sunday, August 14, 2005

A free nation!

A free nation celebrating its independence day! To me, there is freedom in restriction and restriction in freedom. When little chickens are with the mother hen, they pick food from the ground, bathe themselves in the sand and the sun and play around with freedom while the mother hen restricts them from wandering off too far. When the chickens grow up, they become free to go wherever they please, but at the same time, become responsible for their own safety, for facing the consequences of their own decisions. The same thing holds for nations of the world as well. We are no exception.
How long will we blame all the shortcomings on either our country or on the proverbial corrupt politician or bureaucracy? They are all a mirror of us all. They are form amongst us, they are one of us. They represent us, our thinking, our actions. If anyone of us would get a chance to be in their place, would we be any different? Yes? Easier said, than done.
Let's face it, today more than ever. We are either to blame, me and you, my friend, for all the shortcomings, or even if we arent, we are responsible for setting things right. Little deeds, little corrections in our actions, in our words, in our thoughts, in our surroundings, can go a long way.
Who's that guy that just cut me off in traffic like a lunatic? He's a guy like me and you. I cant stop him and have him correct himself for the wrong that he just did, but I can use this as an enforcer of the resolve that I will not behave that way, because it is wrong. No matter how many people do it and proclaim it, wrong stays wrong and right stays right.
A while ago, I posted on an orkut group for students at CIS NED to come forward and plan on doing something different, something good, like, I dont know, maybe clean a barren field of rocks and stones, like planting a few plants, like painting an ugly, dirty wall, like placing a clock on a wall that needs it, anything. I dont have much ideas, because I havent done much good in life, but I promised that I would love to be the first one to pick up the broom if the occassion arrives, but the initiative must come from the students, because the students will always be here, in spirit, by setting an example to their juniors, forever, their memories, their deeds engraved invisibly and visibly in the walls, the floors, the environment, but I am just a leaf floating in the wind, here one day, dont know where I'll be the next. I had eagerness from one student only. I dont have much time left, I hope something materializes in the remaining time. Anyone can hoist a flag and ride a bike without silencers and fire gun shots in jubiliation, but few will try to make a difference. Let's make a difference, let's be the enablers instead of the spectators.


Adnan Farooq Hashmi said...

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time-to-time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It was Thomas Jefferson who said that. I believe that is whats needed at this time for my Pakistan.

Muhammad Saqib Ilyas said...

I reckon you're right. I'm in. I've got B+ (Be positive). lol. I'm kind of faint of heart, wouldnt goats or chickens do? Just kidding. Back on a serious note, how do we start?