IMAAN HAZIR A conversation with a really close friend culminated in this article, the objective of which is to vent the frustrations that arose as a result of the aforementioned conversation. So, whats the status quo of my country? Every country, once in a blue moon, gets its golden opportunity when the mass of its population is the youth. Pakistan is one of those countries right now. Whats depressing is that we will never be able to do anything about this blessing because the elite youth of this country are so stuck in their own little bubbles that they can never respect the sacrifices made for this country. I was born in a household where my mother is passionate about Pakistan, excessively, while my father doesnt really care all that much. Therefore, essentially, I had the freedom of choice to pick the path I thought was right; never being pushed in one direction or the other. The one I chose was passion for my country; a radical, undying love, which, no matter what, will always persist. From the day, this path had been demarcated by myself; I made certain promises to myself. These included placing Pakistan before everything else in my life, inclusive of my family, friends, school, etc; being a law-abiding citizen, for instance picking up anything I saw on the street which hampered ensuring a clean environment, and so on. Also from that very day, I tried influencing my friends to do the same; to pick up the morning paper, to stop littering, to come to protests with me so as to propagate justice and equality for all. Some followed this path with commitment, while others did so half-heartedly, but most didnt even bother. The fact of the matter is that the problem doesnt lie solely with the youth, though partial blame has to be allotted to them. Yet, what can they do when their parents and their family inculcate the following belief system: that the most important thing is getting out of the country and becoming something important for yourself? What about service to the country? What about the countrys resources which these children have exploited for over 18 years of their lives? What about the notion of patriotism? None of these values are even half-heartedly instilled into our brains. I have a few questions to ask the youth of this country, being a member of this section of society. How many of us wake up in the morning and think about how, at the cost of each ones private school education, more than three children are being deprived of quality education? How many of us read the newspaper or are even remotely aware of the situation in the country? How many of us know that we discriminate against people of a different race and religious belief? How many of us throw wrappers and trash around without considering how this makes our cities look? When I told my friend all of this, his answer was the same as everyones: Why should we care about these things when we dont have leaders who set such examples? Simple answer, my friends, were the leaders of tomorrow and just because the generations before us did not cultivate themselves as inspirational leaders, doesnt mean that we give up too. I urge not only the families of the young, but also the youth themselves, to wake up and realise that theres a lot more to life than going to Hot Spot. Theres this country we have which we need to ensure survives and prospers. Thats our responsibility and no ones saying its an easy one, but its one we have to fulfil for our ancestors, for Jinnah, for 50 percent of our population which doesnt have the power or resources to. The writer is an A levels student and the media spokesperson for Pakistan Youth Alliance.