Imagine a great ship that contains all of humanity. People have divided the ship into nations and regions for historical and geographical reasons. In the end, it turns out to be a single ship. When a disaster strikes one part of the ship, it is bound to have an impact on the other parts as well. If there are fools out there who think that damage that happens in another part of the ship won’t affect them because they’re on the sunniest side, they’ll be surprised to find that everyone is affected at the end. No one is safe from a natural disaster.
It is in this context that we must understand the devastating floods in Pakistan. This is what happens in part of the ship. It doesn’t matter if natural disasters occur in Australia or North America or parts of Africa and South Asia. We are all going to be affected by these events sooner or later. In other words, there are few alternatives to consultation when it comes to dealing with natural disasters. Today it’s Pakistan, tomorrow it could be India or any other country. It’s one ship in the end that we all travel, guys! The destruction that occurs in a country means that we all sink sooner or later. It is not because you are in the comfort of wealth and power that you escape the consequences of natural calamities. No matter what part of the globe nature has chosen to strike disaster, we all need to worry and think about it. We can’t afford to pretend we had nothing to do with it since it’s happening in a faraway place that I only come across on TV or YouTube. Don’t forget the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs we love to see in the jurassic park series. It’s a good analogy to what could happen to all of us.
The proverbial hens must come home to roost. Unless we see the floods in Pakistan as a human catastrophe that could happen to anyone and everyone, I don’t think there is hope for us as a species. We must put aside our personal grievances and petty hatreds and find a solution to alleviate the misery and suffering of the popular masses.
The reasons do not always have to be humanitarian. They could be as selfish as his own survival. But my survival will not be that of me alone. It is linked to everyone’s survival. If the boat sinks, I leave with the rest. Unfortunately, I don’t have the opportunity to stay and watch the others leave. When others go, I go too. For the most selfish reasons, we have to worry about our personal and group survival, which also happens to be the survival of the species. By ensuring that Pakistanis are able to fight the floods, I ensure my own survival because I am traveling on this ship and if it sinks, it is not just parts of Pakistan but my family, my sinking friends and I.
Providing support to Pakistan by well-meaning individuals and governments from all parts of the world is simply a way to ensure the survival of mankind. No one is supposed to be charitable. Let the “selfish gene” prevail. For the most self-centered reasons, let me see what I could do to help the average Pakistani cope with the floods. In the process, I make sure that my own future is secured. I am not just helping the Pakistani flood victim. I help myself in the event of a flood or any other natural disaster that may strike mine. I owe it to myself and to the members of my social group and my nation to bring out the human side of my character in order to ensure that immediate help is given to helpless people trapped with families in a disastrous situation.
Whatever the political symbolism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet (“Saddened to see the devastation caused by the floods in Pakistan. We send our sincere condolences to the families of the victims, the injured and all those affected by this natural calamity and hope for a speedy return to normalcy.”), in my opinion, this should be taken at face value by the Pakistani government as an opportunity to build bridges between the two nations. story of an alternative to lasting peace and fraternity.
Artificial borders are not natural borders. Everyone needs everyone in the face of nature’s fury. It does not matter if they are black, white or brown or the religion they profess or the political ideology to which they subscribe. Oscar Wilde is right to say: “Socialism would relieve us of this sordid necessity of living for others. We don’t have to live for others. We just have to understand that we are part of the others, we are in fact the others. Today, the others are Pakistanis. Tomorrow the others could be Indians or Bangladeshis or people from any other country for that matter. There are absolutely no charities involved in helping Pakistan out of this terrible crisis as a nation and as a society. We have to.
Again Oscar Wilde: “It is immoral to use private property to alleviate the horrible evils which result from the institution of private property. It is both immoral and unjust. The mass poverty of South Asians is the result of class exploitation. It is therefore vain to expect the charity of a few who have accumulated wealth by dubious means to save the masses from disasters, whether man-made or natural. We need to create a system that does justice to the poor all over the world, but even more so in parts of Africa, Latin America and Asia. In the developed nations of the Global North, there are individuals and institutions that work humanely with the poor. These things are unlikely in the Third World where it’s every man for himself or his family and ethnicity. The others are simply left to their own fate.
Invoking justice is a better way to deal with calamity than seeking charity. It is my human right to be supported by my fellow human beings when I have problems beyond my control. By virtue of this very right, I am under an obligation to support those who find themselves in a disastrous situation, and not of their own doing. It is only practical and realistic that in the name of justice and humanity, there is a collective effort across the world to ensure that Pakistan is able to cope with a flood of this magnitude , because there is no guarantee that the waters will not engulf my part of the ship in the near future.
On the more human side of the problem, South Asian countries are plagued by overpopulation and corruption. We need a population policy where each family cannot have more than one child. Most people don’t have the resources to care for even one child. Not only do these families have to care for their children, but also for their aging parents who, thanks to modern medicine, tend to live longer than they did a century ago. The difficulties of these ordinary people defy imagination. You can cry blood instead of tears, but that won’t change the fate of the weakest of the weak.
The ignorance and backwardness of the masses actively promoted by political parties and organized religion will eventually make life impossible for everyone except the very rich who will come out of this disaster in no time, because they have a plan B. The rest of the population has only plan-A and we all know that the plan is to make ordinary people guilty and responsible for their own tragedies so that they suffer in silence the disastrous effects of climate change, of urban pollution, poverty and street violence, unemployment, inflation and declining living standards all the while hoping that things will eventually get better. This will never happen unless ordinary people, with faith and conviction, dedicate a part of their daily lives for such a change to take place.