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A lack of common sense

  • Published at 11:58 pm December 21st, 2018
Why take the risk? SYED ZAKIR HOSSAIN

Our everyday life is full of actions which put our own lives in danger

Walking the streets of my city, most often, I take the footpath. 

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 footpath, they’ll reach their destinations faster. 

They don’t use the footpaths, and that creates problems 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 ringing the bell so that the passers-by are scared off from the road.

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

Say, near Farmgate, the passers-by see the foot over-bridge to the side, and they feel too exhausted to climb 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 inevitably gets hit by a car; the entire crowd stops, and without taking care of the wounded person, they take their revenge by breaking the car.

Doesn’t the above picture seem nonsensical? To me, it does. A sheer lack of common sense.

Similarly, we Bengalis are mired by so many acts devoid of proper use of the senses that it’s impossible to keep 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. Talking on the phone becomes more important to us than seeing whether a vehicle could hit us. 

Just imagine how many deaths we have to mourn every year due to this behaviour.

Have you looked at our drivers on the road? They have to talk on the phone while driving their vehicles. Millions of drivers commit this 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 is deadly. Yet, we still keep doing it.

In a country where we believe in all kinds of rumours around us, this, perhaps, is no surprise. Our behaviour on social media has, nowadays, shown that we’re capable of doing many things without thinking of the consequences. 

Millions of us consider social media to be our primary news source. It has also become a platform for storytelling. 

We the new netizens tend to believe any unverified information that pops up on social media. We instantly share them without thinking whether it could be correct or whether the information could be damaging someone else’s life or could cause havoc to the state of the affairs around us. 

This act of ours is surely questionable and devoid of common sense. There are more than a billion websites and social media, following an algorithm, sends all of those to us. How could all those websites be providing factual information?

Our everyday life is full of such actions that most of the time, 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 time, 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 more mindful about them and think of the consequences, we could avert many unwarranted problems.

Why do we always 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 sense so that our lives may be better? Why would we forget that our own actions pave the way to a better future?

Come, for once, let’s apply our common sense. 

Ekram Kabir is a storyteller. He can be reached at [email protected]