‘easy intelligence’…

Solving problems is a natural instinct of many people, if not of all. Many people want to play there role for the betterment or uplift of the society.

(I know, some of you won’t agree but believe me there is still a lot; who wants to improve the society.)

Improving is a good thing and one should improve, but the question is…

“What should be improved?”

I think the improvement should be in the sense that…

“Improve thyself for the society and, at the same time, the society for thyself.

But the tragedy is that we, sometimes, unintentionally create more problems while solving one problem. And sometimes, we don’t even get to know that we have actually created extra problem(s).

Just look at the picture below…


To save a small pothole, they put the big rocks there; instead of covering the pothole with cement or any other construction material.

This happens when we try to find out the ‘easy’ solution with the ‘intelligence’ (brain) we have. And when we think; we get many ideas and solutions, but not all of them are workable.

Unfortunately, we chose the easiest solution… not the best solution.

The picture refers to the same situation. As all of us have an idea that how much of our roads are illuminated, such solution would have definitely become a dangerous problem, especially for the night traffic. And you can easily judge that some vehicle would have been a victim of this ‘easy intelligence’ by seeing the scratches of the tires on the road. Placing such big rocks on the main road makes no sense. Some decent and nice solution was needed but…

Well, according to me, the main reason behind all this is the lack of research. No doubt, we have not introduced the concept of research on mass level and it is still considered a term linked with the big corporate organizations, multinationals or educational assignments but I believe that it’s the term; we should apply on all aspects of our life. That’s what our Islam says. Allah Almighty has stressed on the verb ‘Tehqeeq’ (term used for ‘Research’ in Urdu language) again and again. But we are the ones who don’t follow it.

‘The solution means; to minimize the problem, not transferring the problem from one phase to another. If you want to do something for the society, try to solve its problems. If you can’t eliminate or minimize a problem, at least don’t be a reason for its increment. Just remember, improving yourself is also a part of improving your society.’

I hope you got my point. If I missed something or you want to share your point of view; you are welcome.

(The picture was taken a few days back on Model Town, Link Road, Lahore in front of PSO petrol pump.)

3 Comments so far

  1. Rehan (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 10:16 am

    Oh man! you have made such a large speech without first proper research “tehqeeq” on your side. The fact is that the pothole you have mentioned has a long history of over a year. It has been covered up with rocks/dirt and cement at least a couple of times but every time the pithole reopened due to ongoing traffic.

    Therefore, it has recently been covered up with some construction material, as can be seen from your photograph. The reason behind the placing of big rocks over there is to avoid the cracking/opening of the pithole once again due to ongoing traffic, while the construction material is still not completely setteled.

    I think you have got my point of view. No offense. Chiao…

  2. >man!< (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

    its good to hear that the pothole has been covered.. and about research..
    I think you didn’t notice that I’ve tried to interlinked the scene with a social problem that we encounter a lot of times..
    the pothole was not the main focus.. u can find a lot of them almost every where..
    but I tried to sensetize the readers that the easy solution is not always the best solution..

    and as u urself have mentioned that the pothole has been there for almost about 1 year, that’s the fact that we just found temporary solutions..
    it could have been covered by concrete cement a year back..
    actually I saw people trying to escape accidents due to this pothole..
    I even asked the workshop men that why these rocks are there but they were unaware..

    just try to relate the theme with ur daily life..
    this escaping from the real solutions have led us to no where..

    I hope I m clear..

  3. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

    I seriously doubt we ever use intellegence (brain) in day to day life.

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