‘Almost all Pakistanis see their country in crises’ declares the headline news in today’s papers, about the Global Attitudes Survey that was recently conducted by the Pew Research Centre, Washington. The further findings show, that as many as 89% of the Pakistanis think of themselves as Pakistanis first, rather than as a member of their ethnic group, which can be the better news for the future of the country.
Majority (70%) of the people surveyed does not like the Taliban, are dissatisfied with the national conditions and give the present government lower rating than the previous ones.
The findings of the survey mirror the status quo cycle that we repeat as a country. It reminds one of the movie Ground Hog day where the hero relives his life over and over again. We have always been told that every turn that we were in ‘an all time worst crises’. Nevertheless, people would almost never say that their identity as Pakistani is secondary to them, especially when you walk to them with a questionnaire. And of course, we have never been satisfied with any government, until it is gone and starts gaining our sympathies in comparison to the new government.
It is noticeable that for quite some time, the results of different surveys about peoples’ attitude are reflective of the same status quo cycle, just like the trend of the talk shows on current affairs in media. The end result is quite obvious to guess, which is ‘we are in crisis’. It is good to know the problem any way. But only, if to get out of it.
This status quo cycle is reflective of our social characteristic where we exhibit a lack of interest in a number of things. We [our governments not being the exception], in the first place, are not curious to dig up what is really behind what we call the crisis. We are not really interested to think of the solutions and alternatives. We deem the subjects, which really matters for ordinary Pakistanis, economy and social reformation, as unsexy. We resist the modernity of thought, knowledge and skill.
And so we choose to play the ‘poor me’ game.
Our lack of interest creates a great vacuum, that is filled by despair.
So is it really Now or Never; or can we slowly but surely get better?