Are we ready?
The recent homegrown development plan is up lifting, optimistic, challenging and unifying. As a nation, it will give us an opportunity to aim at one point. There are some numbers to achieve both in terms time period and growth results. This makes the plan a tangible point than a mere chant. As the saying goes, a plan without numbers is a mere slogan.
It also reminds us where we are compared to where we should be instead of our longstanding contention that we are still a great nation as we used to be thousands of years ago. Learning from history of great nations, Arnold Toynbee, the great historian, warns us "noting fails like successes." When something is both humiliating and aspiring, it is as good as a double edged sword. It reaffirms our real current position. It also constantly cautions us not to be complacent whenever we achieved.
Everything is possible. But it takes courage & burning desire, imagination & attitude and unwavering principles to subdue.
Albert Einstein, who had always claimed that imagination is more important than knowledge, once said "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." Accordingly, we have to dare to question our own attitude on ourselves and on the world at large. In this regard, we have to get real that the world is moving at the highest pace ever and we can't afford to move by the pace we used to move on. We also need to be convinced that our own pace is not an absolute reality but is measured in comparison with the pace of the rest of the world. We are required to follow suit not only on the why's and how's of doing things but also in thinking in advance on the next best way. We can either get on the train or get off. There is nothing in between. And there are no alternatives.
While the technological advancements of the contemporary world endowed us with infinite opportunities, every opportunity is embraced at a price. A price paid in terms of sacrifice made to be part of the play. As Louis Pasteur said it a long time ago," Fortune favors the prepared mind."
It is high time we confirmed whether we deserve and continue to deserve to have our shirts on our backs and the fuel running under our gas pedals. As many economists claim, while distortions are common in the short term, in the long run, resources belong to whoever deserves them - as opposed to whoever was endowed.