Opinion: Pakistan abandoned Fakhra in her life, will it abandon her in death too?

Alena SadiqFakhra Yunus was a Pakistani woman who, from the very beginning of her life till the very end, was marginalized by society.  She worked as a prostitute in Karachi until she married Bilal Khar, the son of Punjab’s great feudal, and ex-chief minister, Ghulam Mustafa Khar. The fairy-tale marriage that Khar had promised her soon evolved into regular beatings and abuses. One day, Fakhra left for her mother’s house, and soon enough Khar came there and threw acid on her while she was asleep. Her hair burned off her head, her lips fused together, she lost one eye and the acid seeped so far down under that it melted her breasts too.continue reading →

Opinion: Everything is the Same as Everything

“We are the same as plants, as trees, as other people, as the rain that falls. We consist of that which is around us, we are the same as everything.” -Gautama Buddha

Watching the TED talk posted on this website a while ago, Mike’s admirable cyclical stance towards waste made me consider how relevant some of the Buddha’s teachings are today. Take the above concept as an example. If we truly believed this, which is not hard, seeing as in sub-atomic terms we are, then we would as humans no longer face many of the problems psychologically that lead us to damage ourselves and the world around us.

If you considered the plants as the same as us… continue reading →