Insatiable thirst for wealth
SOCIAL stratification and social mobility both are considered to be prerequisites of a developed nation. However, the ‘class system’ cuts at the root of ‘equality’ without which any country is fragile as a whole.
A heterogeneous society like Pakistan is divided and the gaps between different classes are widening day by day. Almost 36 million people live below the national poverty line. One in 10 children die before their fifth birthday and half of the adult population is still unable to read or write.
Increasing levels of insecurity and conflict, particularly in border areas, are serious problems. There is clear demarcation at individual level even. A patriarchal environment ensures confinement of women. Consequently, men are dominant, women are suppressed (majority of them) while the physically challenged have to struggle for their survival.
A cursory glance at society shows we are divided not only as regards our social status and different points of views but also on account of the belief that the less privileged members of society cannot cross the insurmountable barriers between them and those blessed with luxuries.
The working class is expected to work only while the ruling or elite class is enjoying the perks and privileges of life. This results in stagnation of social statures. This standstill situation creates irritability at one end (working class) and makes the thirst for wealth insatiable at the other end (ruling class). Consequently, social control becomes useless, and chaotic situations arise which we experience every day.
It is essential to change our mindset and treat everyone as a human being, irrespective of his or her social status. Equality and tranquillity are indispensable and correlative for the survival of any society.
We have to trigger the flow of social mobility, promoting the ‘upward mobility’ trend in order to survive. Furthermore, we should make sure that people achieve new social status by dint of hard work and on the basis of merit.
Pakistan requires a well-knit social fabric to maintain its’ integrity. For which it has to generate threads of equality and tranquillity while plucking out those of disparity and agitation.
This was originally posted in DAWN, 1st February, 2011