Were you out of your mind talking on the mobile phone in the middle of Tariq Road....?
I asked my friend who was telling me about how easily and frankly two male snatched her mobile in the middle of Tariq Road with so many people around them and nobody had even raised a voice.
"It sounded like they are free to do such snatching" . She told me sarcastically.
hmmm.....I rather would say barbarically free to snatch.
Since we are a free country (Alhamdullilah) does this gives us the right to act barbarously towards others ?
What does freedom means : Freedom in is the right or ability to act according to ones will without being held up by the power of others.
And what about Barbarism : An idea, act or expression that in form or use offends against contemporary standards of good taste or acceptability.
It is usual to see people not following the traffic signals in Karachi. They often not follow the Que system in banks. They normally cheat you with the car parking in front of busy shopping plaza.
And what if someday I make a stand and ask them why not follow the rules and they would turn smiling and might say " Cause its a free country".
We are free to do any thing in this world its our legal right since our birth and at the same time we have freedom of making choices.
As Jean-Jacques Rousseau said, "Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains". Why ?
Because of his choices and he chooses not be offended to anyone or to be a snatcher. If he chooses to be the first one he has to follow the rules of his states and mostly his heart's.
Its our heart which makes a CODE OF CONDUCT for our practical (which means when we are old enough to reason) lives. We make set of rules and one by one implement them on our lives and sometimes these rules are the inspiration from our ideals or our contemporary era. These rules do not directly collide with the state rules but they both usually are parallel.
I know due to the abrupt glamorised media our children and young generation has a list of luxury to attain while they don't have money or jobs.
But still we have our ideals and they had a fulfilled life even without these luxuries.
And even we don't have anyone in our mind we still have our heart to guide us towards wrong and right. We have our religion to help us becoming a better person.
After all these media and choices in our hands we are still barbarous in nature and making other peoples live miserable.
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