Great Expectations and Comfort Zone

I have never truly understood what Charles Dickens might have conveyed to us in his Great Expectations, never! Even the 2012 movie based on the novel, starring Jeremy Irving and Helena Bonham Carter, actually did not help much. I am quite slow at processing things; it often takes me days and weeks or more to process an idea. There is a silly joke about it in Urdu language that explains the full potential of my mental abilities. Continue reading “Great Expectations and Comfort Zone”

Social Justice and Motivated Violence

In a very stimulating recent article, David Dubois of the INSEAD has studied the patterns and reasons of bad behavior in different levels of social classes. Initially, he refers to the anecdotal evidence that suggests that people higher in social class are more likely to behave unethically; he goes on further to acknowledge that people in the lower social class can also have unethical behaviors. However, what differentiate the two are the reasons for which people in different social classes behave unethically. David Dubois’ work “found that higher-class individuals are more likely to cheat when the unethical behavior benefits the self but lower-class individuals are more likely to cheat when the unethical behavior benefits another person”. Continue reading “Social Justice and Motivated Violence”

On the White Man’s Burden

Intellectuals across the world would continue to debate whether modern science is a gift, or a curse. Modern science has brought a magnitude of convenience in life that could not have been imagined a century or two ago. If by convenience, the understanding is that it has reduced distances, travel times, communication difficulties, and has substantially increased ease of doing things and much more, then yes, it has certainly done so. Some would say that science is immoral; it has brought a lot to human species but at the cost of much that was very dear, and essential for human survival, for example the environmental cost of scientific development. Continue reading “On the White Man’s Burden”

Stability in Pakistan and Lack of Optimisim

Written on April 14, 2013

As national elections in Pakistan draw closer, there are still some who doubt that the elections will be held as per schedule.  It is widely believed that many in the political mainstream, the civil and military bureaucracy, and judiciary, as well as in the media are not only hoping but striving to postpone the general elections. It is also widely believed that only one political party would suffer if the elections are postponed i.e. Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) which is currently considered to be the front-runner in the run up to the elections, as if all others including the country itself would benefit from the delay.

However, statistics as well as the historical precedence would say otherwise. Continue reading “Stability in Pakistan and Lack of Optimisim”

Giants of Human Intellect and Our Failure

I sit there and watch people so profusely display their intellect, talent and knowledge, my jaws drop at the amazingly unbelievable expanse of their mental prowess.

This happens with me all the time; at work, watching movies, and even having a drawing room discussion on Pakistani political and security situation over a nice and cozy cup of tea which is, most of the time, a zero-sum pass time, in fact, a favorite for average minded Pakistanis like myself. Continue reading “Giants of Human Intellect and Our Failure”