Humanity as Morsels

I am, as always, deeply infuriated by the typical comments people in Pakistan make when an international crisis of human loss emerges; that mourning or outraging about the deaths of Palestinians is mutually exclusive with outraging when Shias, Christians, Hindus, Ahmadis in Pakistan are targeted and persecuted. Some of the views within this line seem to advocate displaying complete disregard for whatever is being perpetrated around the world, and ‘focus on Pakistan’ and ‘your own home’.

As I once wrote: true, that condemnation and outrage in Pakistan rests on whatever perpetuates one’s narrative or beliefs. Even within Pakistan, there is no uniformity, but selectivity in outrage. And it boils my blood too.
But usually, some attempts to rouse attention or sympathy towards an ignored happening seem to degenerate into diminishing the value of and disregard for the lives lost in the first one, because the entire concept of comparing and contrasting deaths reeks of obscenity. 

I wrote, that surely when deaths are made to compete to be mourned, fouled and disregarded heartlessly to be given ascendancy over another; exploited to strengthen personal political arguments; ignored due to indifference and the solemnity they command consigned to oblivion; it signals nothing, but the death of a nation itself.

persecution-jani-freimannI understand that you’re trying to challenge people’s indifference, that may be deliberate or simply a product of their ignorance, but ironically, the course you take tumbles into the same cast that it seeks to break. It appears to advocate selective outrage too; one that is contained by Pakistani borders. To challenge Pakistani indifference, you need not mock sympathy for the other people, Gazans in this case.  The social rot of selective outrage can be battled with awareness, tolerant arguments, taking action, protesting – and demonstrated without mocking, insensitive sarcasm and jeering.

Humanity doesn’t come as morsels for which mouths of different crisis and atrocities must be selected for it to be fed to. I grieve, vociferate for my brethren persecuted and oppressed in Pakistan, be they the Shia or the Ahmadi, and I will grieve for every other human – be he Muslim or not, Pakistani or not – tyrannized in any other land.

If you want to counter selective compassion, empathy, sympathy and outrage; loudly advocate compassion and humanity for all, everywhere and anywhere with no thought for borders, races, ethnicity, religions and sects, both in Pakistan, and outside Pakistan.

Standing in solidarity with the Palestinians, Kashmiris and the persecuted in Pakistan and around the world. Always.

~ Hafsa Khawaja

7 comments on “Humanity as Morsels

  1. Hamza says:

    Lovely again Hafsa. But I think I also mentioned in that previous blog of yours, I believe it is the morbid insecurity of awareness oblivion that causes people to compare and contrast tragedies. All of us must work on removing that insecurity first. Because it is natural when one feels certain deaths are not getting enough attention; a person tends to start rooting for selective tragedies. Human nature. That’s what we must treat.

    • Thank you for regularly reading my posts Hamza!
      I agree, there is this morbid insecurity that keeps poking at one when such selectivity and obliviousness in basic emotions – such as compassion – are felt.
      And you’ve put it very eloquently, as has been demonstrated, to counter selectivity people often espouse selectivity against the prior kind. Human nature, indeed.

  2. Hamza says:

    I read somewhere once … that when the television was being introduced, some people called it as pure evil, an invention that would change people for the worse. I used to scoff at that once. Now however, it doesn’t seem such a laughable thought.

    When you think of the news and reporting that surrounds you, THAT is what makes you selective the most. We always say every thing can be used for good or bad. About the media, about television, the concept of visual graphics …. I am not too sure there is a good side anymore.

  3. Muhammed shahzad says:

    yeah mashra asul main na insafi pur qaim hay so real independent judiciary system will save us inshallah main mayoos tou nahi houn Alhumdulillah ap bhi na houn behun

  4. Rehan says:

    Spot on. I don’t know why people can’t stand the word “Palestine”. Whenever I talk about it, I am reminded of Pakistan and told “you set your own house straight first”. Yes, Pakistan has a lot of issues but does that mean I should stop feeling about the plight of someone that is thousands of miles away ? I don’t want a mindless discussion about religion here so let’s keep the focus on HUMANS , irrespective of the distances involved. Yes, I feel very strongly about Palestinians and I do not think the distance should matter . I also do not think that I should stop thinking about Palestinians to focus on the problems at home all the time !

    • Ofcourse! Do we have to limit our humanity to times and borders? No!
      We should both we aware of the plight and concerned for our own Pakistani brethren, and those who are our compatriots in this global village today.
      Thank you for reading!

      • rehanud1975 says:

        Your blogs are very refreshing indeed and not daunting like a lot of the others that I have come across . Please keep writing . We need more voices of sanity like yours among so many fear and hate mongers out there !

        Best of luck !! 🙂

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