I am particularly inspired by the idea in Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” It’s Epictetus: Don’t talk about your philosophy, embody it. It’s Marcus Aurelius: “Waste no more time talking about what a good man is like. Be one.”
This is sort of so valid to our society in Pakistan, Philosophy in Pakistan is something which is frowned upon though everyone wants to make a wise crack and everyone has an opinion which they always like to share with utmost belief.
Pakistani society is replete with problems and issues like any other society. Our added problem is lack of identity and no sense of direction. At the world stage in the last twenty years so much has happened including The tech bubble, 9/11, The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Great Recession, The Syrian Civil War, The Arab Spring, And now the COVID-19 Pandemic and its raging on.
For us in Pakistan things are more hectic and chaotic. Governments have been toppled, political unrest, economic meltdown, conspiracies, puppet regimes, and Draconian laws and the list goes on. It’s too much. Overwhelming, yeah? Or is it just… life and business as usual in Pakistan.
But you know what we Pakistanis are resilient. We have seen that before and we have become iron-clad. If you are worried as Pakistani, then dont. You will get through it, as you have already gotten through so much. Because that’s what life is. It’s tackling problems day to day, or step by step. We can’t let the whole of it overwhelm us.
We have fought very hard, together, in an unprecedented display of global and national courage, justice, discipline and wisdom. We have to keep calm and carry on. Because that’s all we can do. Hope for the best my countrymen.