Tuesday, 10 July 2012

When Insults had class!

There was a time when insults had class. People disagree with each other, but in a respectful manner. They insult each other but in a decent and profound way. They value the differences of their opponents. And that was a key to their success.
The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor: She said, “If you were my husband I’d give you poison.” He said, “If you were my wife, I’d drink it.”

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.” “That depends, Sir,” said Disraeli, “whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”
“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” – William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).
“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.” – Moses Hadas
“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend…. if you have one.” – George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
“Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second… if there is one.” – Winston Churchill, in response.
But today unfortunately, due to advancement in communication technology and social media particularly Facebook and Twitter, people don’t even think for a second before insulting and ridicule and disrespecting anyone……anyone. As there is no proper monitoring system and no code of ethics for social networking sites. To me these social sites are nothing but a platform where “you just spit, spill and show your filth to everyone”.
Why can’t we act decently?
Why can’t we disagree in a decent manner?
Where is our education?
Where are our religious, moral and ethical values?
Today Pakistanis and our youth (particularly) are divided into different political parties, and are fighting with each other (like anything) whereas our leaders both current and future are having their “sweet time”.
Therefore just take a pause for a moment (from your extremely busy life) and think what are we up to? (and it includes all of us). What are we doing? Where are we heading and what consequences we will have to face?
We as a nation are deteriorating and sinking on moral and ethical grounds with every passing second rather mili- second.
When we all can stand united as a strong nation for a “cricket match”, why not for our country “Pakistan”? Think over it! Change comes from within and all we need to do is to work on our inner souls.
We cannot have a “good leader” with this attitude of ours, because the fault lies within ourselves (within every individual) and only we can rectify it. And the day, when we will be successful in becoming a good human being…..good Muslim….and a good Pakistani then we will not need any leader because someone from us will lead us (In sh ALLAH)

“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion” Paulo Coelho
Therefore start respecting each other. Start valuing the differences of your fellow citizens. Rise up as a nation…..a nation comprised of honor, dignity, respect and people of amicable character. The world will respect YOU.
Mariam Khan

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