We are materialistic robots and not Humans.

I went to an iron shop to check the already purchased material at around 2:30 am in the early morning (normal delivery time) and saw the labor there, carrying 100’s of KG (iron bars) on their shoulders and extensively working round the clock. They were charging just Rs. 200/Ton i.e. $2 USD only. The other members of their team (laborers) were sleeping at the corner of an area without any fan or AC/Cooler during the summer time of 44 Degree Centigrade after a tiring work. One slept person covered an area of about 6 feet in length and 3 feet in width and had no regrets. They use to eat food costing less then Rs.100 i.e. $1 dollar a day and save rest of the amount of their work for their families. Consider another example of Legendary Philanthropist Mr. Abdul Satar Edhi, he spent his entire life in total two pieces (ordinary cloth in terms of quality) of a suits (Shalwar Qameez) and one ordinary shoe and served the entire humanity with passion. He was down to earth, comfortably slept on the floor,  sat in a car with no AC, never given importance to any status full life. Whereas, we love to live and sleep in a luxuriously made house of not less than 1000’s of yards, wearing the branded clothes, driving valuable cars and want to have an un-ending balance in our accounts as well as don’t want to loose high status in the society. I don’t see any person including myself that is not striving hard to get the status/fame/money/all luxuries of life and not giving importance to the life after death. It is also true that all these luxuries are made for us and we get them due to our hard work in any field of our life’s or by other means which are may be negative in means. Due to the hard strive for these luxuries, what i see (may be wrong in many ways) that not only we have left  the factor of humanism in our hearts but also hiding the rights of other fellow beings/relatives and creating a sense of separation in the society on regular basis.

The case i would like to develop is;

1. Status conscious people are ignoring the fact that

  • Status cannot be gained through non lasting  items found in the world 
  • True meaning of Higher Status is that a person/human being is pious in character and noble in deeds he perform during the life

2. Luxuries of life are not the essential element for living a prosperous life and spending a satisfied time in the world till death. It is we Humans that strive or make effort for it and even leave out the affection & love of humans (relatives, peers, friends, other fellow beings) & negate the rules of living made by the God.

I still remember when my school friend (was a son of high ranked bureaucrat – CSP Officer)  refused to go on public vehicle to home on a day when his own car didn’t arrived at time and said “I will never go on a public vehicle of any type except my car and will love to walk to home even it is 9 km in distance”

With due apology to all females, i have seen most (but not all) of them eager or passionate for the high status life or luxuries. It is sad to note that in most of the separation cases filed by the husband or wife in marriage courts base on this factor that husband fail to provide the facilities/luxuries to his wife or children’s.

The people who were poor and became rich (of any level/class) and the already rich have always feel uncomfortable to leave out the status as well as frightened to loose out their wealth.

You will see rich, bureaucrats, high designated government officials, industrialist siting on the back of the car waiting for their chauffeurs to open the doors and then they come out. Why is the requirement for such behavior? Can’t they open the door themselves? Just to show their wealth and status to other humans. The development of such desires have pressurized humans to use all negative means to gain this type of life.




About ***** Azfar Abbas *****

My name is Azfar Abbas I am an MPA, a Development Sector Consultant & Operations Management Specialist. Worked with the IBRD (The World Bank), PIFD and international organizations. A Lahoree by birth, Taurian by Star, music freak, a writter, singer and a food lover from Lahore, Pakistan
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