Friday, 18 July 2008

pity the nation

written back in 1930s the following words are so apt to our current situation that one cannot help but get goosebumps


Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does not harvest, and drinks a wine that flows not from its own wine-press.
Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero, and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.
Pity the nation that despises a passion in its dream, yet submits in its awakening.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except among its ruins, and will rebel not save when its neck is laid between the sword and the block.
Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking.
Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting, and farewells him with hooting, only to welcome another with trumpeting again.
Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years and whose strong men are yet in the cradle.
Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.


khalil Gibran
The Garden of the Prophet

8 comments:

sista said...

au contraire...

pity a nation CHOCKFULL of religion and empty of morality

An ILLuS|On said...

and it seems that Khalil Jibran specifically wrote for country like ours..its exactly whats happening these days in our country..i wonder whats next or how worse could it get!

m.h.a said...

Very nice, very relevant and very accurate. Infact every verse fits us, but thats because probably every nation thats going down has these characteristics, so what khalil jibran said decades ago holds true for us too.

shysoul said...

God! It seems it was written for us. Aren't we like that?

Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting, and farewells him with hooting, only to welcome another with trumpeting again. Especially this?

From Ayub to Musharraf, we always think that every problem will be solved if the current ruler leaves the office. Ayub was a heroic president during 1965 War but then people were out in the streets to force him to resign. Bhutto was such a popular leader but no one came out when he was hanged. Benezir ku utar do sab kuch theek hoo jahay, that was what people said and then Nawaz Sharif was welcomed with open arms. A few years later, Sharif became the root of every issue. Mushrraff was hailed when he took over and today every problem is thought to be just waiting to magically evaporate, right after he gives over the rule!

We people are not suited for democracy, seriously!

An ILLuS|On said...

i'd second shysoul..spot on!

Mubi said...

@ sista
hm ya we are just caught in a web of religion, a lot of it without understanding it

@ illusion
lika m.h.a said, every nation that goes thru a rough period like ours has such characteristics. its getting worse... and i really really hope we stop pitying ourselves

@shysoul
exactly, this line fits us so well :S so pathetic of us. perhaps democracy is just a delusion...

m.h.a said...

yeah...and we all need a revolution...i am up for it...right now i dont think phrases like "pulling our socks up" or "gradually climbing to the top" would help...a revolution is the only answer....

rohma said...

i second all of da views here, maybe we shud get dis piece photocopied and pasted on each n every corner, wall of dis country... mayb dat wud bring abt a revolusion..which we really need!

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