Where there is power there is bound to be corruption and for corruption to be followed by resistance is only natural for a human being. It is also natural to be afraid when showing resistance, in the immortal words of Mark Twain courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. This fear takes an ugly turn when one person afraid of resistance does not show it and also reactively teaches and preaches his rationale to others, who are determined enough to do otherwise and bring about a change.

It is not beyond comprehension that resistance or the will to fight a danger is inbuilt in every sane, sound, and mature human being. No wonder, that even a sleeping man will resist or strike his hand to kill a mosquito sucking off his blood. Similarly, a sane, grown-up individual who in the face of danger or threat to his life and property will always stand up to resist and fight off the danger or eliminate the threat. Yet it is strange, how a group of people who knows well to resist, does not resist, but what is even amazing are those people who are unquestionably clear about the inevitability of resistance in certain situations, are impossibly stubborn and stupidly weak, to let it spark from others like them…like them in mind but total opposite in determination.

In the case of Pakistan, the last seven decades are full of such facts when resistance was shown against the political, bureaucratic, judicial, and military elite. The resistance in the start was strong but was soon weakened and manipulated by the various interest groups with their propagandist movements in all shapes and forms, and by certain individuals from the masses, who were very clear about the legitimacy and the necessity of the resistance and who ought to have stood by the resistance and contributed towards its strength, instead weakened it by their cowardice, stagnant mind and procrastination unbecoming of a mature citizen.

It is this later group of people who are responsible for the losses faced by us. Losses, which could very well be gains, if they had only stopped discouraging others from their legitimate and natural way of showing resistance.

“To the wrongs that need resistance, to the right that needs assistance, to the future in the distance, give yourselves.” Carrie Chapman Catt


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