Essay No. 4:
Procrastination Is The Thief Of Time: Procrastination means to cause a delay in doing things timely. Those who do not handle things timely, in fact, make theft of time. If you waste time, it wastes you. There is a saying that time once gone can not be recalled as it has got no reverse gear. Time flows on without having any recourse to the past. So when you miss the bus of time, you miss it forever.
Wise individuals/nations are not in the habit of stealing time from their present schedule. They make the best use of time to achieve their objectives by the target date. They in no way spend time unproductively. The strength of the developed countries lies in their resolve to avoid the wastage of time. Time is an investment. The west has acted on this principle and has made astounding economic progress in the world.
It has established its ascendance over the underdeveloped world which appears as a mere pawn in the hands of the former in the chessboard of international politics. The poor third world countries are subservient to the dictates of the developed. They can not pursue independent economic, commerce, foreign policies to promote their own interests. They have to accept the conditionalities of the developed countries.
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The latter has attained the position of prominence by virtue of their ability to utilize time most productively. God takes a vow of time in Sura Al-Asar and a message is conveyed to the believers regarding the importance of time. It’s rather unfortunate that the Muslim world is in the habit of wasting time by not taking appropriate decisions timely.
Experience shows that individuals, suffering from incompetence, psychological escapism often make theft of time. One is reminded of Shakespeare’s Hamlet who suffered from indecisiveness and this weakness of Hamlet brought down his fall in life. He was founded wavering between ‘to be or not to be’ as that was his dilemma. Hence, those who act like Hamlet are, exposed to procrastination. That brings declining divided to them.
T.S. Eliot’s hero in the poem “Song of Mr Prufrock” all the time feels hesitant to convey his feelings of love to the beloved. He unnecessarily procrastinates and does not succeed in communicating his passion for the lady-love. Like Hamlet, he oscillates between ‘to be or not to be’ and suffers from psychological escapism. Life does not brook this type of attitude. Delayed action can get one away from one’s goal.
Hence, if Pakistan is to make progress, then it must take time by its forelock. Procrastination does not pay a developing country like Pakistan. It is the outcome of a defeatist mentality.
October 11, 2019