Musings on conversing

By Malik Bawar Bilal
We are living in a world where the ‘I don’t care’ attitude is rampant. These days, living a joyous and a spiritually content life is no longer a person’s first premier desire. Instead, our foremost aim is to lead a life filled with all sorts of materialistic ecstasies. The only thing we can dream of is money. Why can’t a person dream about possessing noble ethics and morals rather than a bag full of coins? Why has morality become almost impossible?
Perhaps because this is the only thing that cannot be acquired by money. That is why people find it so difficult to inculcate these principles into their lives. This bad state of our moral and social behaviour is disastrous for the community as a whole.
Words that we use, secrets that we share, opinions that we voice, conversations that we spark, are extremely essential. Although our tongue has the power to win over a thousand hearts, at the same time it can also ruin the life of millions. The point is that in today’s world, the true essence of fruitful interaction has vanished. To our misfortune, we have lost the art of conversing in an amicable manner. What we speak indicates the kind of mindset and personality we have.
Today, our society is full of unethical people who have no regard for morals or for civilised conversation. Talking of my own land, Kashmir, the situation is pretty grim, particularly with regard to the youth. After years of contemplating everyday conversations between my schoolmates, friends, neighbours (from my own peer group), I am compelled to say that our standards of conversing are below par. We prefer chatting and gossiping instead of discussing important issues or debating academic prospects and themes. It reminds me of a Hadith which says that “If you have nothing good to say, it’s better you keep silent”.
But profanity in and around us has reached new highs. Almost all people, (intentionally or unintentionally) utter profane terms on a daily basis. This not only affects their own lives but also adversely impacts the moral and ethical standing of others as well.
—The writer is a student at Burn Hall school