Innocent Futures Floating!


Did you ever think what would happen to you if you were forced to do work at the age of 10 when actually you are supposed to live your life to the fullest?

It is that age when we are carefree, fun-loving, learning, playing and enjoying the life. Child Labor should not be considered any trivial issue of our country because on every street you see child begging, having a huge sack on his back, polishing shoes or taking drugs!!

Whenever we go back in time to our childhood, there are always beautiful memories but there are many who hate their childhood. The target of child labor tries his best to get out of the everyday torture by others. Some manage to get out and make their lives better, but many continue to stand where they are, not out of choice, but forced. Having been forced to kill their aspirations, dreams and other wishes, they are pressed to earn a living for themselves and for their families.

Every year, millions of children across the world are becoming helpless targets of atrocities. They are the sufferers of ill-treatment, exploitation, and brutality. The consequences of child abuse are overwhelmingly disturbing. It denies a child its basic right-education. Often child who are being abused in their childhood are more likely to abuse their own children in future, and due to the deep impact in the future generation, they would do the same thing and hence the cycle goes on.

It is universally accepted that poverty is the cause of child labor. However it is seen that some child workers are from relatively affluent families are engaged in this business for excitement and pocket money. In this country, Pakistan, education is not the priority but they want their children to succeed. Here, people have the concept that more experience means more money. Think about it. How can a person earn enough money if he doesn’t have its basic know how?

There is an old saying that “child is a father of tomorrow”. It simply translates that childhood is the stage at which a child can develop its senses. It is the stage when a child wants a “Right guide” so that he may explores his creative mind. Child labor is a crime against humanity. It is an inhuman practice that stops the physical and mental growth.

When we go to any restaurant to have dinner, When often see many children working there. Those innocent children do not clean those tables happily. Instead, those children who have spark in their eyes are forced to work there by their parents. The twinkle or spark shows that they also want to live their lives like other children. But, unfortunately, they are never exposed to the real happiness of childhood. After all how can he live when he is being shown the wrong path?

When we meet a boy like them, we often give him a pat on his back and press a five-rupee coin on his palm as a formality to satisfy our guilt. But we never sit with such a child and give him advice. We never make him feel that we are really there to help him, so that he may feel comfortable in telling us his problems.

 

If we want to do anything to prevent child labor then we have to target these children, not their parents. These children are not mature, they are not sensible enough to choose their path. If we want any change, we have to target the main segment.

Child labor is a complex issue that raises questions that are difficult to answer. The solution to child labor could come only with a change in our hearts. We have money, we have courage, we have strength, but what we don’t have is the space for these children in our heart. We need to educate people that how unfair and unjust is to employ a child labor.

If a child is born in a poor family, it doesn’t mean that his future will always be poor. He must have some aims and ambitions. Narrating a quote, “Achievements are not only for the rich, but for poor also”. This quote simply says that dreams are not only for the rich! Poor can also have them. They can also aim for something. They only want a support to achieve them and no doubt, we can be the support for them-supporting, not by employing them but by educating them, as education is the key of success.

The “least” we could do as an individual is that whenever we find a child in any kind of complexity, we help him. We have ample amount of pocket money to spend on ourselves. What if we give half of it to the one who really deserves? Now, you may think that no one deserves. But, do you really know their lives?? Do you live with them?? Try to put yourself in their boots. If you try to find one, you`ll definitely find one!

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You REAP What You SOW!


hands which once held yours!

One of the hardest ages in life is his seventh stage in which the person gives farewell to his life. This age apart from old age can be called DISPPOINTED AGE, HOPELESS AGE where a person’s hope is all drained. Those pains which a person can’t even think of surround him. The age where He comes to know THE TRUTH! Truth that the life he spent on his loved ones was actually WASTAGE! He comes to know that majority was with him because of his wealth! The age when you need someone to be with you becomes the age where everyone leaves you.

Recently I went to a supermarket. I saw a young boy with an old person on wheelchair. I was standing at a distance from them. I saw that boy left that wheelchair almost at the mid street to buy something from the mart. I wonder why he left him alone when wheelchairs were allowed inside. Meanwhile, I observed people passing him giving him stares. That old person looked disturbed. I kept waiting for that young boy but after 15 min I went to that person. As soon as I approached him, he gave me scared look. I politely asked “Uncle, can I help you?” He remained quiet. I turned around and as I started walking. I heard a polite, old age person voice saying “I will be grateful if u will move my wheelchair in the corner”. I smiled and did what he said. After 10 min I saw that boy looking for wheel chair. When he reached there, I saw his angry face; he said something angrily to that man. My face frowned with anger that why the hell is he screaming on him when he was the one leaving him outside at the middle of road alone for about half an hour!?! When I saw that old man, He signaled me with his eyes as if he wants to say “it’s okay! I am used to it”. I gave him a confused look on which he called me. He put his hand on my head and said “Stay Happy!” I wasn’t in a state to say anything so I just smiled and waited there until he went.

Reason I shared this story is to ask why we forget that our PARENTS are those who gave birth to us, care for us, invest time on us. Do you remember how much you irritated your parents when you were a kid? NO! Do you remember how many times you asked the same questions repeatedly? NO! Do you remember how many times your parents left you home just because you are stubborn kid? NO. Do you remember if they ever say “Why do you ask so many questions? Go away?” No! NEVER.

We think they are irritating us when they actually care for us. We treat them as a tension when they actually want to share our tensions. They become so stubborn, back minded for us when it comes to share anything with them. When they advise something we say “you don’t know anything” without thinking they are the ones who told us everything!

Our parents are the ones who took our hand and taught us how to walk, they taught us how to overcome the obstacles and go forward, but what do we do now when they have not remained so strong to walk on their legs. Do we give them our hand? Or give them a stick and say walk your way. They gave us a world to live in and today we give them a room and say this is where u belongs!!

Some are now so heartless that they show their parents Old Age Homes. WHY? Just because they are now physically and financially weak? The children think that it’s time to get rid of them? After all! We have lots to do with our life how to support old parents? SHAME ON US! Can’t we support those who have spent all their lives supporting us?

But “NO “we want our own independence. They have spent so many sleepless nights to fulfill our needless needs without complaining about their own independence and when they need us, we run away from them to find our own peace!!

Ageing is a natural process we all ARE following and WILL be in this period if alive. But did we ever try to predict the attitude of future generations towards us considering what we CURRENTLY do of our elderly. REMEMEBER YOUR FUTURE WILL BE WORSE OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING TODAY! Ever heard of “What goes around comes around?