JournalismPakistan.com December 10, 2013
Not too far down the road a man would cheerfully have shoved a sword up his solar plexus before breaking his word. Honor was everything and life was mere bagatelle in comparison to losing it. You remember those days, they were not so long ago.
What happened that the pledge melted like ice cream in the sun. Now, it is a strategy?
What is your word worth today? I am listening to these 'now' generation folks, all these young people and they are sneering at the very idea of believing in anyone's word.
Not worth the 'paper' it is spoken on, if you get the drift.
Get it in writing, whatever you do, this word of honor stuff is for the birds.
In one generation a slide from an officer and a gentleman to turning a person's word into a gambit, a ploy in the game of life. All it does is buy time from the truly gullible.
Whole tribes, nations bed-rocked their values on the word. Once given, it had to be maintained regardless of the consequences or the price.
Romantic blah blah, says this young twenties something, how can anyone be so naïve as to believe that without a contract you can hold someone to a promise, where do you people live, get real, wake up folks, smell the coffee, it is a jungle out there.
Sure, young man, but even jungles have codes of conduct, what's happened to us?
Is the education we have given, this full fat, full cream feed that produces a world of distrusting cynics.
Either that, or a whole value system has collapsed like one of those badly built bridges that crumble in the middle.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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