We Will Mind Your Business!!!

Since about two days a series of photos have been circulating on the social media, about a high profile personality and his so called secret marriage to a much younger woman. Someone had the temerity to post their NADRA records, marriage certificate and photos on social media. About two weeks ago a famous media personality was the target when her disrobed photos and videos got leaked somehow, the nation enjoyed every moment of it, the media had a field day. See any Facebook page or every second whatsapp post and you will realize how much we love to interfere in others lives. How much we love to discuss them (people), openly, brazenly, yet the same people talk behind you and me when we are not there. Like it or not we are a nation obsessed with gossip and rumors, be it political or personal in nature. Who is dating who, who is seeing who, who is sleeping with whom? are the subject of our talks and discussions. As if we have nothing better to do, in fact we do not have much to do except for gossip and poking in others matters. There is this young cousin I have who happened to fall in love with a girl and marry her, dag nab it, now he’s the topic of discussion in our small family. Gossip and rumor are our favorite pastimes, that have overtaken our desire to work or do anything productive. You buy a new car and rarely will it be appreciated, in fact most if not all will be jealous. But the most serious of these is invading someone’s private space, asking questions, poking, giving suggestions without being asked, and making someone feel like shit. You got a new dress, instead of getting compliments, you will be bombarded with comments about the color, looks, fashion etc etc. Worst of all is making comments upfront, on seeing someone, about your looks, weight and dress instead of complimenting them. There are specific instructions in our religion about it. It is not considered good anyways, but somehow the habit has plagued our society to the core. Making snide remarks instead of complimenting someone gives the other person a bad feeling and if anything reduces the distance between them. These are simple things if understood could help make society more caring and loved. Somehow the things are lost to us and we are ignorant of these values and so the society as a whole is decaying. I cannot but feel sorry for ourselves and the situation we are in. 😦

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