By: Mahnoor Shafaq
The subject of the holy book of Muslims i.e. the Holy Quran, is “human” and so is the focal point of social sciences in theory, and manifestation of liberal arts in practice, in a collectivity of humans termed as “society”. But, it is heartrending that today, in the very society on the “land of the pure,” children are manhandled, adults are depressed and the aged languish. In today’s globalized world, domino effect is no surprise; be it the practice of using a minor for homosexuality or a 16-year-old with hands on smoky-smelling poppy on the west of Pakistan’s border, the missing girls to the north, or the ceasefire violations to the vulnerable east of it. Innumerable roles of humans, being the basic parts of social institutions like family, education and religion etc., may be grasped by a rough classification into three age groups; sometimes imparting differently to problem-creation and to solution implementation, at others. Most likely, observance of realism in the former case, and of liberalism in the latter! What stands the exigency of time in an Islamic Republic is the prevalence of moderation so as to suppress the effects of inability in childhood, mischief-making in youth and impotence in old age.
This article is aimed at pinpointing the maladies as well as suggesting the remedies in the light of Religion, International Relations, General Science and Sociology; spiced with its twin sisters: Criminology and Gender Studies, utilizing the micro-and macro- perspectives.
It is, at times, vexing that “man,” being the crown of creations, stands out to be the ultimate authority on the face of the earth, as he associates with the likes of him so as to form a family, a society, an ethnicity, a city-state, a region and the world at large. Such legal fictions are choreographed by humans and ain’t sacrosanct. Hence, it is humans who assist and humans who are assisted, or otherwise, who oppress and who are oppressed. Furthermore, it is but systemic in nature that out of the three age groups, only one is vigorous and independent: apparently the victor, but sarcastically the vanquished, being the one to shoulder twofold responsibilities of dealing with an average 30-year lag and lead of time respectively, more appropriately the generation gap.
At grassroots, the problem arises in the first transition, that is, from juvenility to youth. A life which has just begun must be free to flourish beyond the stretches. It never makes one powerful if one defeats the debilitated – enslaves those whose mothers had borne them free (Umar RA) – and to strangle the chi of a budding sapling, which gives it a fresh breath to be a massive, fruitful tree one day. But factually, many a seedling wilts before reaching fruition. So do the little angels when they are subjected to undue regimentation, thus producing more and more “living dead” in the society, who lack regimentation when they ought to have it, only because they were, needlessly, dosed its unjustified amounts. Ecclesiastically, this mismatching of “time” goes on to define and shape their lives, the disasters of which are easily discernable today in the form of stubbornly irresponsible youth whose childhood had been a gloomy picture, as an enchained Sindhi pupil in a madrassa, a pellet-gun-blinded Kashmiri, an orphaned Syrian toddler or a traumatized Rohingya refugee, a sexually-exploited and dumped little girl, the child labourers in public schools who are inculcated subservience rather than knowledge or, in short, any such bird whose wings were clipped long before he could learn to fly. The Tabula Rasa (blank slate as John Locke puts it), hence, gets indelible prints of what often leads to “juvenile delinquency”. A plethora of problems with respect to all social agencies awaits such child, as (s)he enters adolescence. “I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chained,” says Ecclesiastes, and it may be extended to encompass every such being. Therefore, in the next interaction and transition (of youth to age), at the same time, a lack of direction and a course of action emerge as the Achilles’ heel.
As mentioned above, the mid age (or the 2nd generation) seems to be bridging the gap between the past (1st generation) and the future (3rd generation). People are quite confused and clueless regarding “what to go after”. The greatest conflict is observable in adherence to either religion or society, making one ponder “is it an end of history or clash of civilizations!”
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