Op-ed

Solutions and problems

Shakeel Ahmad

Solution and problem are two opposite extremes. Whenever there was a problem there needed a solution for it. But the problem did never end; it continuously emerged in one form or the other. That is why every solution breeds a new problem.

Since the inception of life when mankind was alone and uneasy; he found the solution by living in unity. But it was not the solution of his problem. When the societies grew in large proportion there erupted various forms of ideological, religious and territorial conflicts which led man towards destruction and oblivion. After the emergence of nation states which were meant to end the perpetual unwanted wars the world was divided into “we” and “they” The mighty and haughty attitude of big states devoured many a small ones. Hundreds of wars waged and million of lives were lost. But no real solution to end this unwanted events came before. After the industrial revolution the world witnessed many stray ideologies of secularism, capitalism, and communism. It further compounded confusion. Neither the capitalist and secularist are satisfied nor the communist are happy. Their solution is momentary cessation of hostilities; they badly need a solution.

The sense of insecurity grew further when the mortal men got Nuclear weapons in their hands. Though the atom was desired and meant to secure a nation from external onslaught but the present situations depicts that instead of being secured by atom, atom needs the security by men.

The creation of Pakistan was highly welcomed from all quarter of society. It was meant to end communal hostilities between Muslims and Hindus. The ideology of Pakistan was sealed in the aspiration of millions of Muslims. But the question haunts us that whether the hostilities between Hindus and Muslim ceased or not? It created a new problem. The creation of Pakistan was beginning of new hostilities with India. The sense of insecurity led the Pakistani government to strengthen its army at the expense of civilian institutions. The mighty army, however, countered Indian aggression but it became a major hurdle in the way of democracy. The problem of democracy or dictatorship arose. One fails to understand, even after 64 years whether we are a real democratic nation or ruled by dictators and invisible oligarchy.

We cannot get progress unless we are educated in modern technology. The modern education is generally in English. This has created sections in society: liberal modern English speaking elites and radicals and theologians.

In search of enhancing agricultural production men embarked upon mechanization of agriculture. They used several technical methods to enhance fertility of soil. This agricultural revolution has had magnified production and made it easy to control. On the other hand hundreds of laborers became labor less, due to machination of agriculture. This solution has also generated many other problems.

With the good health care facilities available easier than never the death ratio has been comparatively decreased. Many lives are being saved. Life expectancy has been enhanced. But again here the new problem haunts of population explosion.

Man is running into 21st century where he may have everything at his heart’s content. Media is a magnificent manifestation of his, perhaps, mindless endeavors. Media performs many a functions in our society including news, information and entertainment and business purposes. It is the milestone of 21st century which has caused shrinking of world space into a global village. The negative effects of media, which society is experiencing, were never taken into account before. Media is causing psychological disorder through bombardment of information of every sort, cultural schism and the globalization of immoral tastes and tendencies which we are tasting today. It has created a cultural vacuum by importing alien ideologies, contrary to our religious ethical values.

Gone were the days when the lovers used to wait for days to have a correspondence from their beloved ones. Mobile phones have revolutionized our life. We are thankful to this small gadget. But it is causing many problems. Excessive mobile phoning has severe psycho- psychical effects. It is causing considerable amount of environmental hazards, too.

Internet, in our life, is a recent phenomenon. It facilitates various socio economic and educational tasks. It has great educational and economical value. Social networking is permeating in every section of society. But it has many adverse effects. Pornography and internet addiction is causing individual isolation from society.

Electricity is a vibrant force in changing our life through which we have turned every hut or house into light. Electricity is a contributing force towards revolutionizing our life. But this electricity takes lives, burns property and responsible for many other losses.

There is never any eternal solution for any problem. Problems can never be solved in total but it can be lessened to a considerable level though employing tactful techniques

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