‘No oppressor has ever given freedom on its will. It has always been the persistence, determination and steadfastness of the inhabitants that has snatched the justice and stripped the so-called host off its arrogance. To predict about future should no more prioritize our options, but let us, as they say, entail that: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it”’
I read this on a friend’s status update, and couldn’t agree with it more. This status update triggered the idea to organise my words and put together what I have been observing since past couple of months. Over the past couple of months I have been closely studying and observing the Pakistani people, especially youth’s approach to Pakistan. Over the internet, on blogs, on facebook, twitter, or any social network, I have seen people writing long and long paragraphs talking about revolution and change. I would say if one set out to put those words in action, Pakistan would be like heaven on earth. But, what I have noticed is, this is, according to me, 70% limited to a verbal level, and only 30% on practical level. Why? (The statistic is not an official rate, it’s just my observation).
I’m not going to answer this ‘why?’ here, but I’m going to talk about those individuals who have been working day and night to be the one to bring the change in Pakistan. They are far from media’s eye, they are far from any popularity, there’s hardly any media coverage to give them exposure, and hardly any host inviting them to their talk shows and give them a round of applause. Yet, these people are working tirelessly for the people of their country for the sake of humanity and for the sake of betterment in Pakistan. I felt obliged to acknowledge their efforts (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=39416&id=154890514537550&ref=mf) and letting people know that Pakistan still has people who are patriotic enough to risk their lives to save Pakistan. They need to be appreciated and supported. They can be an inspiration for many of us who are striving to be a patriotic Pakistani but don’t know what to do and where to start from. These people started from nothing and nowhere, and now they are helping (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=39415&id=154890514537550&ref=mf) hundreds and thousands of people out there who are in desperate need.
I have always believed in individualism. An Individual striving to be a better person on a personal or professional level, patriotic individual struggling to make their country a better place without caring about the government’s corruption, individuals fighting to keep humanity (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fpicasaweb.google.com%2Fysufder%2FFloodRelief2010%3Fauthkey%3DGv1sRgCN-82Nukiovm7wE&h=eff644CNRKtFOSvxIjNJ79NVIMg) alive and so on. The history has shown that the change always started from one mind and inspired the rest (http://picasaweb.google.com/ysufder/PakistanFlood2010?authkey=Gv1sRgCP3XqPnwuuzOHg&feat=email#)
Everyone talks about a great change and revolution. Great things take time to happen. But they need great spirits (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=39407&id=154890514537550&ref=mf) and great efforts (http://www.facebook.com/photos.php?id=114085801920#!/album.php?aid=227094&id=114085801920). We can’t just expect some magic to bring the change everyone wants to see. We have to make an effort on an individual level to make sure that we are contributing for a We have to put in some efforts great cause. Every little matters, and every little makes a difference. Everyone is the little pebble that creates a chaotic splash in the sea. Imagine what would happen if we all unite together and stand strongly. Pebbles make mountains, together we are the mountain. We have to be the change this country and Pakistani society needs!
We need to reconsider our role as a Pakistani citizen and part of this society. We all speak about change, we all want change, but very few of us have actually worked on it in practical. Each one of us has to try and make an individual effort, be an individual representative of their country. It takes an individual to inspire another individual and that’s when unity comes in. This is what we need now.
What made me a patriotic Pakistani was the day when I moved to United Kingdom. It was like a wakeup call for me to identify and appreciate and protect my identity. It is my responsibility to make sure that I do all that I can to make myself a better Pakistani, a proud Pakistani. I have been reading several Pakistani blogs and articles, I have also been observing some very large Pakistani pages on Facebook, and what I have concluded is that we need an individual change before we bring a major change. Individuals have to recognise their roles of being a Pakistani, whether they live in or outside Pakistan, they have to remind themselves that they are representing Pakistan on a bigger level. People talk about a bigger change, a historic revolution but how is that possible when we are not even recognising our roles as a Pakistani. Individuals have to come forward with their patriotism, with their skills and education, with their enthusiasm. History has shown that it was never a majority that brought the change; it was the minority starting from an individual’s struggles to unite the nation under one platform and fight for the betterment of their lives. Majority is never remembered in history, it’s only a minority of people that have left their marks and changed the form of history.
The choice to make (http://www.facebook.com/Pakistaniyouth#!/album.php?aid=39416&id=154890514537550) or break Pakistan is yours!