Modern Shelf Life For Knowledge

There will be fewer people who believe world is flat but there are a lot more who considers this an era of innovation and information. This is an ever changing time where things happens in split seconds. Indeed, the shelf life for knowledge is the same or even less than that for a banana.
The knowledge based economy is the norm today. Gone are the days when you needed ‘Bums on Seats’ now it makes sense to have ‘Heads on Seats’. The fate of nations are decided by the quality of their human resources, no longer just their natural resources.
This era of knowledge demands ever readiness on part of the citizens to equip themselves with new skills and competencies. A constant soul searching is needed to look deep to assess their potential to compete with an ever competitive and agile world. In fact, we are going through a time where ignorance is not an excuse but rather a sin. So stop committing these modern sins.


Halloween of a Soul

At first glance it was weird, well, Halloween is always weird. They were dressed strange, but then there was a certain degree of creativity in every soul. And I like this creativity. Girls and boys, men and women, old and young, all were in such high spirit.

I was never so close to a culture that was always displayed so strange and unwelcoming to me. Well, back then they were wrong, these people were laughing, talking, and above all caring. And this is the essence of humanity.

Sometime, we judge people from the look of their dress but these people were celebrating their time. I knew they were living in moment but this was so true moment. No one was discussing politics, no one was arguing, and no one was standing in the way of others.

Well, it was a time of celebration, and I feel I like these weird looking people at today’s Halloween in Ottawa. Long live humanity!

A dog will not bite you but what about humans

If you take a dog which is starving and feed him and make him prosperous, that dog will not bite you. This is the primary difference between a dog and a man.

I am not sure how Mark Twain came to this conclusion but one thing is certain, we humans are selfish to a certain degree. The scale of selfishness vary from person to person, some at the top of the bar and others just above the bottom. But the question is, why are we so? Is there some inherent programming fault in our manufacturing clay or we get such things from our surroundings.

I don’t want to drag the topic to Darwanism, and his quest for survival of the fittest but sometime it is helpful to think and analyze our behaviour towards others.

The superlative degree of comparison only

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. ~Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1812 – 1870)

Well, going through the tale of two cities, and comparing it with today’s Pakistan, I found some nice similarities. What are those similarities, you all know it in your hearts!

Rule of law

The reason there is so little crime in Germany is that it’s against the law. Well, Alex Levin was not entirely wrong when he uttered those words. Rule of laws do count, infact nations fate are decided on such yardsticks as justice, integrity, morality, and equality before law.

Borrowing Ayn Rand words, relating to rule of law, “The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man’s rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence… The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, and to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law.”

The irony of the irony is the way countries like Pakistan is run. Sometime I feel there is too much freedom, everyone is allow to do or act what he/she desires with little consideration to rule of law.

Take the recent tragedy of Sialkot, a shame on the face of a nation that claim to be an Islamic republic. Two teenagers were murdered in day light by ignorant, ruthless, and criminal mob in front of police officers on pretext of being robbers. Even if they were robbers who allowed them to beat them to death with sticks and rods. There are countless videos on YouTube showing the accident and the barbaric way the people behaved. Shame on you all, you are really cockroaches of humanity.

Nations are not made great by hypocracy, lies, brutality, or barbaric acts but only by rule of law and dignity to humanity. First learn to be human then declare yourself as Muslim.

Why the world is silent!

The devastation as a result of the monsoon floods in Pakistan is widespread and unthinkable in modern times. An area as big as Italy is under water, that’s why some called it slow tsunami, revealing its persistent effects on millions of people. Millions are homeless, crops in standing water, livestock taken away by the cruel water of mighty rivers, and the worst are yet to come in form of water-borne diseases.

But the biggest question that lingers is, why the world community is so indifferent? Except UK, United States and a handful of countries, the response of the world is pathetic. Reasons are not hard to find but do these people who lost their livelihood not need our support? The western media is living like in an igloo, where these issues do not concern them. These millions unfortunate souls are worth nothing, after all they are children of a lesser god.

Earthquake in Ottawa

It was brief around a minute or less in duration but the effects were widespread not in terms of damage but in terms of getting to know our worth. Well, those thirty or so second were enough to remind me all such frequent happenings in Pakistan.

The epicentre of this 5 magnitude earthquake was merely 60km away from Ottawa in Quebec. Canadians even kept their cool and humour in such dire situation as a guy tweeted immediately ‘Earthquake in Ottawa looks like Quebec separating.’ Later in News, we do saw bridges collapse in Quebec, well a kind of separating from the rest of the Canada.

The lesson learned from this quake is immediate and blunt, we are after all mortals. It feels so distant to hear and even see the horrors of earthquakes in far away Haiti, Indonesia, Pakistan, or Turkey.