An economist can do anything or everything but not without thinking of a cost and a benefit. To be honest, it is not an economist’s acumen but quite typical of the human nature. We all do what benefits us in one way or the other, in the short term or the long run. Also it is quite universal of human psychology to make choices that render beneficial instantaneously. We, the humans, are not very good at waiting as a race in itself, we want results and we want them now. We are forgetful of the fact that it takes time for a seed to shoot into a fruitful tree and it takes time for a fruit to ripen. Dare I call our race selfish and impatient! However, there are things we do and we must do without taking into consideration the personal costs and benefits. There are times and situations in which we must downcast our personal desires in order to maximize the benefit to the whole society. Keeping social costs and benefits in our calculations is necessary if we, as a race, are to grow.
The environment and the eco system is as essential to our survival and growth. It is something that is of our good yet it is being eroded and deteriorated as a consequence of our own actions. The irony is that this hypothesis whether you rotate the lens towards the selfish aspect, the humanitarian one or simply the altruist. If we are the ones destroying it then we are the ones burdened with the obligation to preserve it. A greener world is a better world for today and the tomorrow. We have cut the trees, chopped the trunks into wood planks, fueled our fireplaces and printed enough money bills to have endangered the future of our own race. But who said it was too late to take an initiative?
Plant a tree and protect a life which is not yours, lay a debt of gratitude on the generations to grow and nurture a spirit in the society to simply wait out the progress and return of their actions and that too the fruits that they would perhaps not taste themselves.
#OneTreeOneLife is the initiative taken in Peshawar (Pakistan) yesterday, I endorse it and commend the Government of KP and the vision of global prosperity fostering the intent itself.
Let’s plant a tree and protect a life, everywhere.
In the melody of oblivion, rung my morning. Another dawn, another day and another opportunity sang out… all that was there for me to fly away, over the tall spring green tree tops and into the white embrace of heights… Just another opportunity to live, just another bright prospect, just another day to live, just another morning yet not just another morning, a whole new beginning to resume what had been left unfinished, a new beginning to the begun and the salvation in hands of hope… the morning!
Lahore is welcoming spring with all its hospitality and so here is the first shot, click of an instant fondness. I don’t know how well this beautiful craft of nature has been captured and how apt is this little composition; however, this is all I saw in the lens and this is all I have thought because of it…
On the verge of a fall,
On the edge of a quit,
On the isle across the sea,
On the farthest horizons,
In the middle of nowhere,
In a word of prayer,
In sparkle of a raindrop,
In flicker of a candle,
For littleness of a moment,
Like dawn of a crescent,
In you heart, feel away…
Resides your happiness…
Stories are told and examples are quoted every interactive session. I enjoy them, they are experiences and one can always learn from an experience than a book. I could be wrong in making this assumption but this is what I think and have experienced. During the last session it were the story that Dr. David shared which left me pondering the most. The student from fresher year literature shared a more behavioral one though. Here is what Dr. David told us:
Once a teacher took a surprise quiz, the whole class protested exactly as students do around the globe in such situations. The teacher being the teacher circulated the question paper. Once every student had it, they were allowed to turn the paper over and attempt the quiz within the specified time period of thirty minutes. All the students complied with the instructions and the papers were turned over. Shock. The sheet was blank, all white, with a small black dot in the center. The question instruction read: Compose a description of the given picture. After the initial this and that, if and but the whole class attempted the quiz. Once the timer struck thirty minutes the papers were collected. The teacher read out every single paper. Every student had described the small black dot in the center of the paper. The fanciest vocabulary was used and the most philosophical ideas were penned. Having read out each of the papers, the teacher spoke his mind. He told the class that he was impressed with the kind of intellect his students had shown but he was disappointed of their ignorance. He hoped that at least one student would describe the bright white space on the sheet but none did so.
To ponder on the negative, to point out the flaws, to see the wrong, to criticize the shortcomings and to delve in the dark is all we do. All of us. We are cynics, hopeless and naysayers. We fail ourselves in succeeding to see the light, the good, the pros, the positives. Happiness is always there, hope is always there, good is always there and the positives are always there for there is always white space on a black inked paper. The book of our life is for us to write, with phrases of sorrow or the lyrics of joy…
Can"t confine the book to one particular or some specific interests. It accounts anything or everything which fancies me.