Pessimistic Me: What the heck, 61st anniversary! another year passed without much real progress!
Optimistic Me: It’s just been 61 years, we have survived wars, we are an atomic power and we matter in this world. Besides, I think ‘progress’ is a relative term.
Pessimistic Me: Yeah right, we matter! We are matter like liquid, or no, we are gas, we are only in the air. We are not solid when it comes to ideological implementations you see. What we got our nation for and what have we made it now.
Optimistic Me: Maybe you are right, but still, We are a muslim nation, our country holds by this religion. We have 3% population as minority, they are not as unhappy as you see minorities elsewhere. We have at least proved a point of survival and now I think we are on track, plus what was done is past anyway. I think we should create another history from today.
Pessimistic Me: And which track are you talking about btw? Have you seen corruption? Our political turmoil? Latest figures of FDI (Foreign Direct Investment)?
Optimistic Me: Well maybe, we don’t need all the FDI and trust me there are countries which are corrupted and are doing just fine. China and India are examples there. And we are a democracy, and democracies tend to be a little sour until they mature, of course we are not USA, they have had democracy for over two centuries now! Let the time pass by, we’ll be there.
Pessimistic Me: I seriously doubt that.
Optimistic Me: Believe it. Don’t doubt. Maybe we should all stop doubting now. Maybe it is time that we actually take right steps in the right direction, instead of slacking around and finding faults!
Pessimistic Me: For all your Maybes, I still doubt it.
Optimistic Me: So doubter you are. You’ll see when it happens. You’ll see when we change it all for better.
Pessimistic Me: You live in a fool’s paradise!
Optimistic Me: Well, I am just an optimisitc fool then. :-)
Suppose, well just suppose, you are the person who is to fix all the problems of Pakistan – or as a matter of fact, take any developing Asian country – the whole nation looks up to you and actually you are sincere enough to want to get to solutions.
But what happens when you go in to the convolution of problems? You start hitting walls, if you try to fix education, social disparity creeps in, if you go on to fix that, the political and economical injustice starts acting up, if you shot on to solve that, the corrupt bureaucracy shines up. You keep trying that, and you come back to education or any one of the major problems above.
You simply hit a wall.
How do you solve problems when they are convoluted and complex and intricately inter-woven?
My ex-boss used to say: “Piece-by-Piece, Part-by-Part”.
How would you want to fix it, or would you want to fix it at all?