JournalismPakistan.com November 29, 2014
If someone says to me that they are going to be honest with me my antenna goes into top gear whirr whirr.
And when someone says he or she is doing it in my best interests, I know the three things that person means.
One, it is not my interests, it is theirs that are paramount.
Two, they are enjoying my discomfort and are gathering malice like bees gathering pollen and they are probably emissaries sent by adversaries to survey the wreckage.
Their advice is pure crap because they want you to stay miserable and down so they have an important role in your life. That is something so baffling. These sort of people gauge their importance in direct proportion to the size and magnitude of your problem. If it improves, their role is reduced and instead of being happy for you they actually feel disappointed.
So much more satisfying to be needed, to offer gratuitous advice, to be able to tell people you are on the inside track of some else’s misfortune.
We all know people like this and yet we let them invade our lives with impunity and in large numbers. We even let them masquerade as well wishers and take over our lives. They begin to tell us what to do, how to do it and, worse, what not to do. And in some insidious liquid way we let them. We never say, oh get out of here and stop viewing my 3D situation as if it was a cinema show, this is my life, my problems if you have to say stop with this best interest nonsense.
In truth you could not give a toss except to protect your role… just go away.
(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 andBahrain Tribune)
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