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    Say NO to suicide” … (We cannot afford losing more lives)…. Aamer Zeb Sultan

     

     

    Today’s headline, “Another youth commits suicide”

     

    The incidents of suicide in the Chitral have reached an alarming stage over the past few years. According to a survey conducted by the Aga Khan Rural Support Program, 29 people attempted suicide from 2007-08. ‘The News’ report of 2018 stated that the rate had increased abysmally, reporting 44 suicide attempts in the corresponding year, and among them, 30 cases were recorded in the last six months. In the same year, renowned newspapers and channels highlighted the problem, revealing the pressing consequences. It compelled the provisional government to form a committee for investigating the matter.

     

    Poverty, competition, unhealthy relationship, and forced marriage were seen as the root causes of the problem, but the mystery is still unsolved.

     

    The bestselling author Mark Manson says, “Technology has solved old economic problems by giving us new psychological problems. The Internet has not just open-sourced information; it has also open-sourced insecurity, self-doubt, and shame”. Highlighting the same problem in one of his speeches, His Highness The Aga Khan said, “Technology as a great source of hope on one side and a risk for the growing forces of fragmentation on the other. Greater connectivity does not necessarily mean greater connection”.

     

    The Internet has imposed an artificial life on the people and has resulted in an unstable community, deprived of the skills to fight temptations. It has replaced the real relations, customs, and values with virtual ones thus establishing huge communication gaps between people and their loved ones. As Einstein used to say, “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity” and today we are noticing the same thing. Due to the communication gap, loneliness imprisons people in times of challenges, and the overwhelming thoughts force them to commit suicide.

     

    The victim is not entirely responsible; all of his loved ones are equally involved. They are too busy with themselves or with the technology that they ignore the sufferings of their loved ones. Besides the delusionary successes of others on the internet blindfold them, contaminating their minds with a disease called ‘social comparison bias’ in terms of Psychology, which causes their loved ones to feel miserable. In the end, they become helpless and the solitude compels them to take the bold step of ending their own lives.

     

    Now, let us have a glance at the solution. To tackle these suicidal thoughts we must reject this artificial life and invest time and energy in real relationships, love, values, and beliefs. These will heal the soul and make us firm from inside. An adventurous journey will then follow but for now, we must liberate ourselves from the prison of technology. I assert, “You can’t upload life, you can’t download time and you can’t Google all of life’s answers. You must actually live some of your life”.

    The moment you decide to live your life, you will feel amazing.

     

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