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A lack of common sense

Walking the streets of my city, most often, I take the pavements. Like me, I see many others also doing the same. But they are too few; most of the pedestrians, it seems from their body language, think that by avoiding the pavement, they’ll reach their destination faster.

So, they don’t use the pavements and that creates a hell of a problem for the vehicles, as the chauffeurs and the rickshaw-pullers get slowed down in order to make way for the passers-by. The chauffeurs and the pullers keep honking and creaking the bell in a high pitch so that the passers-by are scared off from the road and hop on the pavement so that the vehicles can pass by.

The vehicles are also in a hurry, y’know!

On a high road; say, near Farmgate, the passers-by see the foot over-bridge their side and they feel too exhausted to ride the stairs to go on the other side; they wait for the vehicles to stop so that they can cross the road. But the vehicles don’t and the pedestrians inch through the vehicles and they slow down a bit to let them cross. But somehow someone gets ditched by a car and incurs injury; the entire crowd stops and without taking care of the wounded person, they start taking their revenge by breaking the car.

Isn’t the above picture seem the expressions of non-sense to you? To my mind, they do. Sheer lack of common sense.

Similarly, we Bengalis are mired with so many acts devoid of proper use of senses at a certain juncture, we lose the count.

We always talk about our lack of common sense in various aspects of life, but we keep on committing them day in and day out.

Take crossing the roads and railway tracks, for example. We cross them while continuing to talk on our mobile phones. The talking on the phone becomes more important to us than to see whether a vehicle could hit us. Just imagine how many deaths we have mourn a year due to this behaviour!

Have you looked at our chauffeurs on the road? They have to talk on the phone while driving their vehicles. Millions of chauffeurs are committing the same mistake every day, whereas we all know that talking on the phone while driving is always deadly for both the passengers of the vehicles as well as for the pedestrians. It has been proven time and again that this act of ours devoid of common sense is deadly. We still keep doing it.

Well, in a country where we believe in all kinds of rumours around us, this, perhaps, is no wonder. Our behaviour on social media has, now a days, has shown that we’re capable of doing many things without thinking of the consequences. Millions of us believe that the social media become the prime news source. It has also become a platform for storytelling.

We the new netizens tend to believe anything unnatural and unverified information that pops up on the social media. We instantly share them without thinking whether it could be correct or whether the information could be damaging in someone else’s life or cause havoc to the state of the affairs around us. This act of ours is surely questionable and devoid of common sense. There are a more than a billion websites and the social media, as it follows an algorithm, sends all those to us. How could all those websites be providing factual information?

Our everyday life is full of such actions that, most of the times, put our own lives at risk. Many a time, we don’t get run over due to the fault of the vehicle drivers; most of the times, we commit all those tiny mistakes because we may not know, because we may be unaware of the consequences. These are tiny unmindful slips in our lives. If we just become a bit mindful about them and think of the consequences, we could avert many unwarranted problems from our lives.

Why do we always tend to forget that we haven’t come to this world to live for only a day, or an hour? Our and our children’s entire lives lie ahead of us to build, to create according to our own dreams. Why wouldn’t we apply our common senses to make our lives better? Why would we forget that our own actions pave our ways for a better future?

Come, let’s apply our common senses…

First published in Dhaka Tribune…

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