Guilty of what we could not do


By Dr. Abdul Saboor,

Pakistan might have been a far better place, had there been the full potential of state managers capitalized and
realized in their respective leadership positions. As an individual, we might have been relatively more learned and wise if we could have spent our time optimally and energy viably. As an individual or as a nation, our potential is substantially higher than the economic, political, religious and social progress we
need for enjoying an honorable status in the comity of nations. To somehow or the other, we all are
guilty of the good we could not deliver and the grace we could not perform because of the reasons we
all need to know for minimizing the canvas of this guilt.

Human psyche is very typical carrying intangible kinds of behavior and attitude. Consciously or unconsciously, we often offer advice that others should do this or that, but in reality when we get the opportunity we fail to deliver the way we have defined ourselves. In another perspective, we realize that we have done this or that without recognizing the fact that circumstances were favoring us. Still in another angle, we are convinced that others do not have intellectual capacity to do the good which is in our mind. Sometimes, we try to add credit of the
efforts of others in our own pocket to convince the innocent public that we have created this success story.
If we could manage time to peep through our personalities deeply, we find that we have failed to materialize some of the dreams because of certain constraints. We are sure that something could have been done
in a better way but due to certain reasons better known to us only, the ideal situation could not be
maintained. We are not courageous enough to reveal the internal truth of our personalities. Thus, for the
purpose of ease and comfort, we tactfully transfer the burden of our mistakes and failures to others. This
vicious trend continues from micro realms of society to macro domains.

Similarly, in the leadership positions, we are in the very trap of some “circle of influence”. We think and
feel in the same pattern as is being triggered on the part of some active players of that circle. Whatsoever
opinion we frame, the same is being trumpeted by all the players around us. They have mastery of advocating
all kinds of opinions. We do not have as much supportive arguments either in the favor or against that
opinion as these players carry with them. The world inside that circle of influence is very beautiful, but
outside it, there is an alien land we do not like. We forget the core point that others also do not like the land
wherein we live.
In most of our leadership positions, if anyone is going against our policies we allege him our worst enemy or the traitor of the country. On the other hand, those who are praising our policies are declared as our friends and loyal to the country. We easily forget that sometimes back, the same lot of loyal friends was in opposite benches of so called traitors. In this way, many economic and political kinds of dramatists are running the Nation State System
with their ways of changing loyalties. This is how we remain guilty of the good we could not do. Self praise and self projections are the chronic viruses that slowly poison our intellectual and human
strength. Resultantly, the possible success story cannot be created. We know each and everything about
ourselves. Others can hardly read the complex books of our hearts. Those ‘others’ are not different kinds
of creatures; they are victims of all the spiritual diseases we are having with us or may be more that that of
min. Either we take an initiative or others do the same, there is win-win situation for the nations.
As long as we suffer something odd from others, they may be taking bad impressions of some of our
gestures. Instead of going into the unending debate of who is right or who is wrong, we may follow the
simple ‘rule of thumb’. We should do and feel as good with others as we expect others behaving us truly. But
the best of the best moral strategy is to remain positive and do well even if others are not doing the same.
Living in negative domain kills our time and energy that may otherwise have been utilized for the
purpose of good. If we are good with ourselves, it is highly likely that we would perform well to the expectation of another kind of people around us who are holding high hopes. All Pakistanis are capable enough to do good more than the good they are delivering right now in their respective positions. This is only possible if the idea is disseminated with great rigor in educations institutions and state machinery. The country will have to bear the
welfare loss in terms of the good Pakistanis could not do which may have been delivered and in terms of the bad we failed to avoid whichotherwise could have been avoided. Living in negative domain kills our time and energy that may otherwise have been utilized for the purpose of excellence. This formula is equally viable for an individual, a community, a nation and for the global world as well. We will have to come out of the black box of guilt that we could not do the good at right point in time.
Imagine if all Pakistanis are coming out of the superiority and inferiority complexes, no one in the
world could stop them to deliver all the good that is possible amidst existing circumstances. We generally become victim of others’ philosophies under inferiority complex. Similarly, we get imprisoned in our
own heroism and narcissism under superiority complex. The rational pathway is the middle way to consolidate full energy for performing any kind of good that is in the possible range. If we are really interested in
coming out of the guilt of good we failed to do, we should start worrying for a situation when everyone
around us is often praising all of our ideas and arguments. From where the good advice and ideas would
spring up, if everyone around us is just here for performing the duties of a ‘Yes Man’. Or is it so that we
have stopped taking advice of others and opinion of those who understand the grass root realities better
than us. Most of people around us are better if we could realize. This unique kind of realization may help
us to deliver all the good we can do and stop all the odd we can avoid with the magnanimous power of
respecting others.

Dr. Abdul Saboor, Professor of Economics, is Dean Faculty of Social
Sciences, PMAS Arid Agriculture
University, Rawalpindi