Freedom and Independence; factual realities or some fantasized delusions!!!?

August 16 2021  ·  3 min read

Here I am, procrastinating on my bed like a sloth, flickering through chats and searching for a topic for putting pen to paper. Some nut job sent a video to the chat group. As I clicked on the video, in the middle of buzzing horn sounds, someone way too dead to be roaming around was leading a march. Sure enough, it was Quaid-e-Azam.

 As a responsibly woken nationalist, I natured did what a true procrastinator would do. I started a conversation with him in my head. “Mr. Jinnah, how the heaven are looking more booming than the average (almost dead) Pakistani politician?” “…so, how does it work hmm, don’t tell me they offer a return ticket up there. I am just not ready to see some of my shitty dead relatives anytime soon”. He had a smoldering grin and a face that read “what is wrong with you, moron?” “Do you know who the hell I am?” “I am the reason for your independence, son”. At that time, my mind froze on the question; “Does independence (really) exist or is it just a fantasy?”

 Independence vs. freedom:

To understand the concept of independence, we must distinguish independence from freedom. Freedom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants. Independence is being free from outside control or not being subject to another's authority. To make things more clear, freedom (in its entirety) is something that has nothing to do with the outside world. Whilst, independence cannot be expressed without the involvement of a certain crowd. A person can choose to be free whilst being dependent on something or someone

 Is Pakistan independent as a nation?

To answer this question, we must take a look at 74 years of independence. It took us 9 years to make our constitution which was eventually dismissed after 6 years of application. Let’s get it straight; Pakistan had to become dependent for its survival, just after it had acquired independence from the whites. Then came the green revolution. This was the only time Pakistan could be independent as it had enough financial strength to be independent. Since the end of this ere, Pakistan has always been dependent on other nations for its sovereignty and survival. 

On the other hand, Pakistan has willingly dismissed the idea of freedom. Freedom is not a material thing that can be acquired or possessed, rather it is a state of mind. The beauty of such a thing is that you can always choose to be or not be free. Freedom is like questioning your parents about the nature of your origins regardless of being dependent on them. As a national issue, with exception of Imran khan and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, no government has ever understood the concept of freedom. As a result, Pakistan has become just like the student who is always punctual in the class but never has the courage for asking any question.

 Freedom and Pakistanis:

If you look at freedom as a conditionally dependent and environmental phenomenon, no person in the entire world is free. But if you understand the eternal beauty of treating freedom as a state of mind, then it becomes an unconditional reality that can not be in your bag. So, if you complain that we can’t do this or that whilst being in Pakistan, it is your mind just the constipated imaginary dogma that has been created by your mind, as you are not ready to face the uncomfortable and difficult by-products whilst imagining doing the specific things.

 Conclusion:

The probability of misunderstanding freedom and independence is statistically very high. It is highly dubious to be independent as an individual or a state. You can be the president of the United States but you are always dependent on that creepy old cook for his wellbeing. On the contrast, freedom is the most important traits that which is only dependent on how you perceive thing through the lens of your mind. If you want to do anything you wish to do, the only thing that can stop you from attaining the results is how you have restricted the freedom of mind. So, if you wanted to become an influencer or want to be a blogger, you have all the freedom in the world you can imagine. Why don’t you start away then…?


Salman Arif

Salman Arif

Hmm...so this is where you write about yourself. Well, I am just a regular brown dude, pursuing a degree in engineering and trying to shares his perspectives with the world with zero intention for harm. For me, writing has been the thing you always wanted to do but wouldn’t do because of some impractical excuse that no one cares about. I write with the mindset of enjoying the process and making sure that my audience has a fun experience and something fruitful to take away, at least that's the plan!

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