“Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?”

Posted on May 14, 2008
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Syed Ahsan Ali

Recently PPP’s co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari told media categorically that we were not elected for the restoration of judges but for basic issues such as roti, kapra aur makaan. Since then factions in media have been trying to build up an argument about what is more essential, our basic necessities or restoration of an individual?

I am not going to ponder here about what did we vote for? But I’d like to draw the attention of all of my readers towards another thing which becomes a norm now in Pakistan society. We are turning into “us” and “them” kind of people who are always standing on one side of the line. As the famous line from Rodney King after the Los Angeles riots goes, “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?”

In last few years, we heard all kinds of divisionary rhetorics, moderates or liberals, conservatives or non-conservatives, clean-shaven or bearded, extremist or non-extremists. Is it necessary to chose between the two? Why are we always like to be black and white, why can’t we own the grey areas in our lives, in our personalities and in our societies? Why am I forced to say that I voted for restoration of deposed judges? Can’t I say that I voted to choose leadership that could help this country in sorting out all basic issues whether it is grain, electricity, law and order or independent judiciary?

This mentality of to be one side of the fence is making our task of co-existing doubly difficult. It is dragging us to the new limits of extremity where we would always be bound to make such choices. It is also hampering our younger generation to develop an understanding which teaches them to accept certain things in life whether we like it or not. One thing about the life that we accept is its imperfection.

Why can’t we say with sense of ingenuity that President has done some good in the past eight years at the same time when he made some horrendous decisions? Why do we forget that Shoaib Akhtar has won matches as well for Pakistan in his career along with creating some mind-boggling controversies?

I accept that we have to draw a line when and what is more than enough and we should step forward to stop something bad to happen. But for that we have to keep our sense of astute decision-making alive at any cost. And unfortunately in past few years we have lost that. If we keep persisting with this thinking then tomorrow we would start out crying about weather, border, color of flowers, taste of fruits as we do when it comes to having beta or beti.

Now we all should promise ourselves that next time someone comes out and asks passionately whether you are with us or with them then we hold on for a second and decide that you can be on the both sides with clear thinking, focus and a will to co-exist.

We better learn quickly to co-exist and adjust.

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23 responses to ““Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?”

  1. Rafay Kashmiri says:

    @Amin Pannawala,

    This is exactly what is called ” illusions ”
    you can be very honest, rishwat-less, Mr. No-corruption,
    straight forward, Mr. Clean, of course you are directly
    disliked, by the “evil ” Politicians,
    but coming in power thru vendetta, by force, imposing
    yourself, and thats, alas, in an Islamic Republic, imitating
    Socialist, Communist, Faschist Secular Republics, it does’nt
    suite an honest man. Musharraf is accepted by not all !!!
    The Islamic Democarate can never ever accept that,

    Yes, Musharraf has taken off his uniform, but only to
    pave way to his power consolidation.

    Yes, 50 free Channels (never before) but look at them,
    they are worst than secular love houses (brothels)

    The epidemy of ” Roshan Khayyali ” rebounded on his face,
    now, he does’nt even talk about it anymore !!

    Many positives can be tarnished by just one huge basic
    negative. Musharraf could have entered into world’s
    history by re-storing Nawaz’s 100% legitimate, elected Govt, but the rail is already fallen off track, now keep on pulling
    is useless and making ourselves FOOLs. Evil is still in power.

  2. I wish to give my comments about our judiciary.Judiciary means not only judges who are chief justicies supreme court ,high courts and other courts and judges in all said benches but it includes advocates,barristers,staff of said institution and also administration.I was in a bank for about 40 years ,from1957 t01994.What I have seen and observed?.I will only say that I have never involved myself in any out of way or unlawful work contrary to our religion.,so one officer was accompanying me to do,I was only bank attorney and only had to sign legal documents.RUSWAT DENE WALA AUR LENE WALA DO NOO JAHANAMI HAY.I am 76 years of age and by the grace of almighty I saved my self from kicher.Our institution were/are totally mess.almost all are corrupt.Every one is behind the money.Entire elite class includes in this.

  3. I ONLY SAY IS”MUISSARRAFF IS BEST IN THIS VERY DANGEROUS GROUP OF PILITICIAN WHO ARE DESTROYING US, OUR COUNTRY AND PRESTIGE OF OUR OF OUR SOCIETY”

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