A day after facebook was back in my side of the world, I had put up my status saying
“Lets see how many of the hypocrites out there actually leave facebook?
A teacher of mine had a wonderful thought to add to that. He commented
not only they arent going to leave, they’ve already started marketing all these pages because of which fb was banned in the first place. talk about deja vu…
I have come to conclude since then that this world is based on the very principle of deja vu, or maybe a better word for this explanation for this would be that we live in a world where everything repeats itself.
After this comment, I started thinking about how every year in Pakistan, we all feel a sense of deja vu when the same electricity shortages and load shedding happens, when the prices hike up during every Ramadan, the same situation on the streets of Karachi every time it rains, this entire country is based on this very experience.
What happened to Freedom Flotilla a few days back is also nothing short of a deja vu. Everytime something like this happens memories of all that had happened before rushes back. Even after this event, the deja vu happened of lastyear, when the Israeli forces killed hundreds of people in a 22 day war.
The difference at least for us this time was that we had one of our own out there, but the mistakes that our media made while reporting the event also bought back a sense of deja vu. For our media, the entire tragedy was restricted to their 3 men and the barbarity of the Israeli’s. Little or no mention was made of the many more hundred of people that were on the boat and were also taken captive by the Israeli Forces. Listening to news on our TV channels almost felt like the world had shrinked to just these 3 men.
This observation doesn’t mean that I cared less about them coming home safe, but I did definitely care about the others too, and would have liked to know more about the rest, which was more effectively relied by the CNN and BBC.
Yes history repeats itself, but in this country and in this world, we don’t even give time for events to become a part of history. This is why I refer it to as deja vu as well, a sense of deja vu occurring every few months or so, lets see how long do we have to live in this stance.