Are you Self-Empowered? (By Zill-e-Hussain)
‘Self empowerment’ is a very widely known term, and is frequently thrown around in various conversations. These days, you cannot help but notice that its usage has vastly increased in the business and social world. You cannot go to any forum or venue without someone professing to know everything about it, and trying to educate others with their ‘so called’ knowledge. Now, why do I sound so skeptic about it?
Before picking up a pen to write this article, or I must say, before sitting in front of a computer to type it, I had been studying my surrounding environment, and got increasingly disturbed by what I see. As we all know that current political, financial, and social conditions have everyone at the edge of their seats. This has led each one of us to become self proclaimed analysts. Weather you go to a barber shop, or a general store, everywhere you will find people engaging in political and social debates, and forcing others to accept their ideas and beliefs. We are all analyzing different situations with our own paradigms. Why do we do this?
1. We think that we are self empowered.
2. We do not want to come out of our own paradigms.
3. We are influenced by someone else’s thoughts.
First of all, we need to realize what self empowerment actually is. Usually, we believe that self empowerment is self reliance, and self authority. We like to recite versus such as “Aie tair-e- Lahoote Us rizk sa mout Achi,” as it makes us feel empowered. We believe that we should forget about reliance and become independent, but never thought how? This is the biggest question right now, and in search of the answer we have to become dependent.
We need to know what our major issue is. Our issue is that we think we are absolutely right and everyone else is wrong. We believe that whenever we voice our opinions, it should be followed by the agreement of others. We want to teach before learning. We have totally forgotten about self realization. Our street politics becomes the politics of our country. Everyone is thinking about him or herself, and this psychology is creating a lot of Mir Jafers and Mir Sadiqs.
Do we ever scrutinize ourselves? Do we ever think that how corrupt a single individual of Pakistan is? Why? This is because of lack of loyalty and honesty. People are not even honest to themselves. We need to correct this. We need to first correct our own conduct and then try to change others. We should make an account of our strengths and weaknesses, and work on improving ourselves. Through this process, we will come to know about our weaknesses and this will help us making an environment of ‘interdependence’. This interdependence will lead us to be empowered, and will help us to enhance the factor of mutual respect. Now there is a question that what this interdependence is? That quest is for you. Look inside yourself. If you are unable to find the answer, you are in the world of ignorance and brutality. So, from here the thinking process gets started. Analyze and decide. Are you self-empowered?
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