I have seen twenty three spring seasons in my life. I have neither heard nor have I seen any successful nation which is laid back and waiting for something to happen on its own. In country like ours, where the greatest religion of all (Islam) prevails since it came into being, we are sitting idle and waiting things to happen on its own.
The major contributor to this problem is the concepts of “Fate, Destiny, Kismet, Muqaddar”. All of them have almost same meaning i.e. pre-determined course of events. When we believe in something like “pre-determined course of events” we tend rationalize things to our comfort i.e. what could I/we/they do? It was destined to happen this way.
I don’t remember the name of the book but I do remember that Wasif Ali Wasif (Rehmt. A) said
“Destiny is nothing but that just happened in past, Its up to you how you can tailor your present into past”
Since then I’m firm believer of it.
Yes, I know many would disagree with me and Wasif Ali Wasif (I am in no possible way comparing myself to Wasif Ali Wasif Rehmt. A) and may quote several religious and non-religious arguments. But it’ll never solve instead it will open Pandora box and a new logical paradox sort of a situation will emerge. It is always a difficult concept to savvy. People having former belief in destiny merely react to the situation. They love sitting idle and play the waiting game.
All those nations which are considered to be successful, they act proactively rather reactively. They dictate destiny to favor them. Lady luck only smiles at them. She doesn’t bother to take a look at a nation who is looking for things to happen on its own. Successful nations date the destiny and enjoy their course to success.
If we want to be successful and leading we must date the destiny. Destiny is only dictated by those or attracted to those who think “Yes, they can”. The “can do” attitude matters a lot. Bear in mind; to get the biscuit, one must risk it. Complacency never pays, but makes the complacent pay.
Cross Posted at MEY
Syed Abdul Wahab Gilani
Author is an MS scholar of Management Science
Member Youth Parliament Pakistan (Sargodha Youth Assembly).