Pakistan, home to a ‘schizophrenic society’, says doctor

Published: March 20, 2011
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Pakistan exhibits all symptoms of a schizophrenic society, says  Dr. Mubarik Haider.

Pakistan exhibits all symptoms of a schizophrenic society, says Dr. Mubarik Haider.

ISLAMABAD: 

Most people know at least one individual who seems to suffer from a never-ending persecution complex.

This individual is convinced that everybody is out to get him and declines from reconsidering his opinion despite a heap of evidence to the contrary. He dreams up wild and fantastic conspiracies that others have plotted against him and interprets every action with deep suspicion. To substantiate his view, he believes there must be something about him that others are jealous of or desire to covet. Perhaps inevitably, he eventually becomes incapable of civilised dealing. Others are forced to resort to confrontation, avoidance or desertion. Vain to the last, he refuses to consider that something may be wrong with himself after all. He is not a bad person. He is simply incapable of one thing: critical self-reflection.

According to Dr Mubarik Haider, this is precisely the ailment Pakistan is suffering from. He presented his diagnosis at a lecture titled “Pakistan: A State on the Crossroads: Causes and Effects” arranged by Pakistan Writer’s Association in collaboration with Radio Power99 and Radio News Network on Friday.

It is hard to disagree with him. After all, is not the entire world out to raze Pakistan to the ground? Aren’t conspiracy theories as ubiquitous as mosquitoes in our country? Does Pakistan not hold the keys to the universe, in whose destruction lays the great joy of the evil and depraved world? Aren’t those who try to show us the mirror simply foreign agents or traitors, guilty of intellectual terrorism and worthy only of being disowned? If the answer to all these questions is in the affirmative, then perhaps it is time to admit our narcissism.

In Dr Haider’s view, Pakistan exhibits all the symptoms of a schizophrenic society embroiled in innumerable conflicts.

He said it was deplorable that our state institutions carried out their functions under a miasma of mutual mistrust and suspicion. He did not spare the rod to political, religious and media organisations either, accusing them all of further fomenting a culture of conflict and paranoia by irresponsibly perpetuating myths about the world. In his view, “the model of reality proposed by these groups is itself based on falsehoods, which cannot possibly produce realistic solutions.”

To illustrate the point, he said, “Suppose I see water seepage on my room’s wall. If I have modelled reality correctly, I will immediately assume the water is coming from a leaking pipe or tap. If I have modelled reality incorrectly, then I may even imagine that the water is coming from a nearby dam. This will, of course, decide how I choose to deal with the problem.”

But, he added, correctly modelling reality is not enough. One also has to resolve the problem in “real time”. “If action is delayed, the leaking water will continue to run and spread out and may eventually cause irreparable ruin,” he added. He said it was this ability to act in “real time” that gave human beings a greater survival edge over other animals.

He urged Pakistanis to escape from their state of denial and consider that perhaps the West was not so “jahil for its scientific progress and maybe most of the world’s current revulsion toward Pakistan was based on good reasons, instead of it being the result of a vast Zionist conspiracy.”

Potent advice indeed.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Eeman
    Mar 20, 2011 - 10:54AM

    I agree :DRecommend

  • John
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:06AM

    The last sentence should read ” ….vast Zionist or Hindu conspiracy” as is often shouted in Pakistan Or was it deliberately omitted in schizophrenic state?

    Where was he all these time? Hope some one is reading this article.Recommend

  • Anthony Permal
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:19AM

    The good doctor is a conspiracy theorist and an agent of the Juice. I refuse to concede.Recommend

  • Erfan
    Mar 20, 2011 - 3:14PM

    Not surprised:

    In Pakistan most of the people have a degree in “CONSPIRACY”.Recommend

  • nasir
    Mar 21, 2011 - 4:10PM

    Good to know that we have still few people who has a courage to talk sense. I will not be surprised if our people would not designate doctor sahib as foreign agent…………….Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 22, 2011 - 7:15PM

    Every Ides of March I search for the soothsayer to ask what next! now that caesar has gone and the conspirators still linger who would be the next caesar to fall at hands of Brutus.
    Was Cassius a schizophrenic or was it Shakespeare’s imagination? Everyone loves to sit at the
    Rear Window and imagine he is flying over the Cuckoo’s nest. I don’t like climbing 39 steps it
    gives me Vertigo. Remember when Uncle Dick shot his partner on the duck shoot and he gave
    all that explantion. He could not tell the truth less Fox News announced him Looney. It was Daffy
    Duck that made him shoot his partner by shouting in his ear Elmer’s got your duck. Incidently doc Haider does your couch come with a blanket if I turn myself in;Recommend

  • Mar 23, 2011 - 7:25AM

    Agree. I am very frustrated that most people in Pakistan blame whatever is wrong with this country on “others”. The attitude that “they” are out to get “us” is very common. lack of “self criticism” is surely a genuine issue.

    Even something as trivial as involvement of a few sportsmen in match fixing is viewed through the same goggle, and everyone from media to public was, and many stll are skeptical that it was a conspiracy to defame Pakistan.

    I am glad that someone made it “official” via there professional opinion or their research/observation.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Mar 23, 2011 - 1:33PM

    Doctor sahib is more than 100% correct. There must be medical check ups on national level but not by our doctors. Doctors from around the world must be invited on mercy basis so that our nation comes out of this mental status. We need all this on SOS basis.Recommend

  • Meera Ghani
    Mar 24, 2011 - 6:54PM

    Excellent piece, couldn’t agree more. Where was he all this time as one of the commentators said. Unfortunately we hear that the poor Dr. has already started receiving death threats for speaking his mind. Such is the sorry state Pakistan is in. I fear for him and other sane people like him, who are either discredited on the basis of ad hominem or non sequitor arguments commonly used in Pakistan or silenced by threat, force or worse murder.Recommend

  • madiha
    Mar 24, 2011 - 10:15PM

    this doc is conspiring against us. must be ‘indian agent’ or usa ka chamcha. just kidding lolz. i agree with you doc but we’re not just schizophrenics. our society is full of depressed, anxious, afraid, psychotic, narcissistic, multiple personality, abusive, sadist, religious fanatics, haters, manic aggressive, abused, show off, liars, lazy ass, superstitious, proud (for no good reason), corrupt, pessimistic and jealousy ridden people. and its just getting worse every year. not much can be done until we stop blaming the rest of the world for our problems and see ourselves for who we are. admit to our mistake and short comings and then find logical solutions. but aisa hota nazar nahi aa raha coz its so easy for us to blame everything on USA, India, Haarp technology, Zionist agenda, Israel, and the rest of the world. We should look at hard working, self reliant nations like Japanese and die of shame.Recommend

  • Mehroz
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:38AM

    Being a Pakistan and a person possessing some common sense, I take this article as an offense, it is leading us to an intense debauching, Dr just reply me your opinion regarding one question, “killing 40 people with a remote control toy is undeniable?” I am sure you dont any answer as i can fairly anticipate you to be a historic disgrace to our nation. Recommend

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