Insanity prevails!

The nation has been jolted awake. We were all enjoying the peaceful slumber of indifference, where anything happening outside our houses was someone else’s story. As long as we were spared, the suicide bombings hardly mattered. Security alerts, no more a cause for alarm. Rather, a usual occurrence. Turning on the television sets to find the flashing red news strips on the bundle of news channels was a routine matter. In fact, absence of a ‘breaking news’ would seem quite surprising now. As I said before, we were all sleeping soundly within the shells of our existences, cradling the indifferent attitudes. As a nation slept, the country descended deeper into chaos. It was not simply a matter of a number of days or months. The lava had been burning for many years now, and it finally erupted. 4th of January happened!

The act itself was, well, just a murder. We hear of such atrocities everywhere on a daily basis. Yet when you have a governor on the receiving end, a grinning bearded man holding the gun, and all of it happening in broad daylight in the very heart of the capital, shock waves are generated at a very high frequency. Then you add the bit about the attacker being a security guard, detailed to the security of the very man whose life he took. Cast a glance at the very controversial past record of the man in question, what he was doing still wearing a uniform you might ask. The fact that none of the other guards on duty raised even a finger as the gunman emptied his bullets into the governor’s body. The self-confession and the reason given by the assassin. Now all this makes for some very disturbing news. Still, the worst is yet to come. The lowest point was achieved as we all received SMS after SMS of jubilatory tones, people distributing sweets on the streets, so-called educated minds condoning the murder. The upholders of the law and order of the country, the lawyers kissing the grinning, self-confessed murderer and showering him with rose petals. At the same time, many announced they would be representing the convict free of cost. Rallies taken out to celebrate the newest ‘hero’ for the masses, as the upholders of our religion openly condoned the murderer, declaring him the saviour, a ‘ghazi’. Insanity prevailed! Rather, it still does.

And while all this was going on, the few left of us who were appalled by this atrocious behaviour, could only wonder in amazement. What have matters come to! Is this the country we inherited from Jinnah and our ancestors? Are these the moral values we want passed on to our future generations? Were we all sadly mistaken when we were trying to convince the world that Pakistan is not a country of extremists? What we were calling just a small faction of the people, has turned into a much larger group. The basic ideas and values are the same, as we have seen from the nation’s reaction. What we had understood to be the views of only some madressah-taught men, are indeed the views of even the youngsters studying in the most prestigious universities in the country! How could this have happened? We were all so busy trying to convince the world that our religion is one that calls for peace. Killing and destroying holds no place. Yet we have negated all of that by our own actions. Yes, we have shown the world that we hold no sanctity of human life. Rather, we are barbarians who are celebrating the death of one man, and hailing the assassin as the nation’s newest hero! Try explaining to the world now, where the ‘peaceful religion’ has disappeared. You claim to represent Islam, you claim to represent Pakistan, I say, you represent neither! In reality, you are just an ugly smear on the face of humanity that needs to be wiped clean!

After 9/11, there were fears Pakistan might be bombed ‘back to the Stone Ages’. Well, I say that we do not need anybody’s help in doing that, thank you! We have taken huge leaps ourselves on the path to self-destruction. Today, in all manners of thinking and acting, we are living in dark times indeed, very dark!


13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by neel123 on January 15, 2011 at 17:00

    @ mehreeen,
    The sins of the past is finally catching up with Pakistan.
    You Pakistanis get, what you richly deserve ………. !


  2. Posted by Kabir Das on January 16, 2011 at 19:47

    “When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.”

    (Robert Prising)


    • The religion itself cannot be blamed for the senseless acts of it’s followers.


      • Posted by Kabir Das on January 17, 2011 at 20:11

        Sir, the above quote doesn’t say so either. Please read it again to understand what it is alluding to.

      • I think I understand what it means…the thing is that the discussion’s not about whether religions are delusions or not. We are talking about some people doing inhumane acts in the name of one particular religion.

      • I think what he means is that “All the Mullahs are suffering from delusion, hence they name it ‘Islam'”

      • I think what the quote implies is that religions are delusions, created by the people.

  3. Posted by Kabir Das on January 18, 2011 at 10:41

    What the above mentioned quote means is this. We have names for people who have many beliefs for which there is no rational justification. When their beliefs are extremely common we call them ‘religious’; otherwise they are lkely to be called ‘insane’, ‘psychotic’ or ‘delusional’—–clearly there is sanctity in numbers. So while the religious people are not generally mad their core beliefs absolutely are. Take for example such beliefs as:
    1. About 2000 years ago a man was born to a virgin mother with no biological father being involved.
    2. The same fatherless person could bring back a dead to life.
    3. The fatherless man himself became alive after being dead and buried three days.
    4. Forty days late, the fatherless man went up a hill and then disappeared bodily into the sky.


  4. Posted by Kabir Das on January 18, 2011 at 19:35

    Society bends over backward to be accommodating to religious sensibilities but not to other kinds of sensibilities. If I say something offensive to religious people, I’ll be universally censured, including by many atheists. But if I say something insulting about Democrats or Republicans or the Green Party, one is allowed to get away with that. Hiding behind the smoke screen of untouchability is something religions have been allowed to get away with for too long.
    — Richard Dawkins, quoted in Natalie Angier, “Confessions of a Lonely Atheist,” New York Times Magazine, January 14, 2001


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