Study of Societies

THE SELF-IMMOLATION OF CAPITALISM

The Western ruling elite and the rulers of their vassal states in the Middle East seem to be paralysed by fear. They no longer even pretend to have any real creative thinking. And since these rulers’ thinking is obsessively grounded on fear, their domestic and international policies are also centered on fear. They foresee and fear the collapse of the…

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THE DUPLICITOUS OUT OF AFRICA THEORY

Man has forever been apprehensive about his biggest and main flaw; the fragility of life. Thus, he has always desired immortality. However, the realities of life are such that one must face death sooner or later. Death brings with it the inevitable erasure of the person’s identity and worldly achievements. In order to get around this painful dilemma, some have…

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WHEN CIVILISATIONS PEAK AND PLATEAU

It is the visionaries who inspire their nations towards a path to greatness, while the inept and the corrupt leaders drain the resources with their delusions of grandiose and their irresistible appetite for megalomania. During the early and rising phase of the civilisation, the rulers are mindful of their integrity and are patriotic and compassionate. Then, while civilisation is at…

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THE INEVITABLE SELF-DESTRUCTION OF EMPIRES

Strangely, it was the Roman citizens who breathed the biggest sigh of relief when the declining Roman Empire (27 BC – 1453 AD) finally collapsed. Perhaps this is true for most empires. The burden of an aging empire is painful for those unfortunates who have to endure it; they wish that it be gone quietly. When an empire is crumbling…

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THE PANDIT, THE PARASITES AND THE PARROT

Every moment somewhere on earth a miracle happens. It is said that if you believe in miracles then you will see them happening. I am a believer in miracles. I am going to share with you a story about a miracle. On one winter afternoon, as we arrived back from a shopping trip, in the corner of our garden, beside…

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PERENNIAL PROSPERITY ELUDES PAKISTAN

The most powerful and enduring ideas also happen to be the oldest. Ideas like justice, unity and genuine democracy, ideas which have stood the test of time. The secret of a civilisation’s success as well as their rise and fall are interlinked with these very same values. This is confirmed in the Islamic holy book Quran and Allah says: “Indeed,…

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