What is the cost of happiness in Pakistan?

As per some reports, the rate of unemployment in Pakistan has been assessed to reach 6.65 million for the duration of the current fiscal year 2020-21. In this regard, it can never achieve happiness if such a massive number of literate people are left unemployed.

Happiness in Pakistan

The question of the happiness of a country can be answered by examining how happy it’s youth is. Happiness is a dream everybody wishes to achieve. If the youth of a country is happy, it starts contributing unswervingly towards the development of their country. They can render their services in every platform such as educational institutes, health sectors, media organizations, and business firms, etc.

Happiness in Pakistan

Let’s spread out this discussion in Pakistan to measure its happiness. It is a Muslim country and a major proportion of its population is youth. Youth contributes close to 70% of the country’s population. The age bracket of youth in Pakistan is considered between 15 and 30 years. Yet, this enormous group is under the rule of those who have dissipated their future and are not making enough efforts to leave them a flourishing country. The significant question for the country, however, is of happiness.

Happiness in the country is believed to be achieved by making the big bucks. Almost every aspect of life relates to having an enormous amount of money.

This year, on March 20, the latest world happiness report was issued after the World Happiness Day established the UN. This report was based on a survey carried out globally by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations. It brings to the surface the global happiness from across the world.

Read more: Economy of Pakistan and The Coronavirus

It investigated the current global happiness in around 156 countries and placed Finland atop of the list of the happiest countries in the globe. Whereas countries like, Denmark and Switzerland were ranked as second and third respectively. This report was made throughout the coronavirus pandemic based on six parameters such as GDP level, freedom, generosity, life expectancy, social support, and corruption. To this end, it is a perspicuous argument that challenging times always bring out opportunities to tackle major problems, thus, these countries stood resilient and ranked highest throughout the globe.

Currently, religious extremism in the country is on the rise. Social media has been getting used far and wide by people whose minds are fraught with hatred. All of this draws the conclusion of how unhappy the country actually is.

A few days earlier, I carried out a poll (on social media) based on the query; why are the Muslim countries not happy in the world? I garnered a few responses to the query related to happiness. The fragile political leadership, the lack of scientific knowledge, and insufficient education were ranked at the top as reasons behind unhappiness. Though, the lack of education may not be the valid reason behind unhappiness in the country, however,  even a rise in literacy rate does not avouch happiness. Could lack of education really be the reason behind unhappiness?

Read more: “Does Happiness Exist”: Would More Possessions Bring More Happiness?

According to some estimations, the literacy rate in Pakistan is close to 60%. Leaving aside the rest of the proportion of illiteracy, let’s investigate the happiness in the circle of literacy. With this reference, it is explicable to believe that jobs, to some extent, lessen the burden from most educated people. However, most literate people today are chasing jobs as the unemployed numbers rise, and their minds are fraught with tensions.

Is unhappiness linked to unemployment?

As per some reports, the rate of unemployment in Pakistan has been assessed to reach 6.65 million for the duration of the current fiscal year 2020-21. In this regard, Pakistan can never achieve happiness if such a massive number of literate people are left unemployed.

Apart from the unemployed population, employed people are equally unhappy. Thus, education can never guarantee happiness because the education system itself is stricken by various problems.

Read more: 8 Secrets to achieving Success & Happiness

Currently, religious extremism in the country is on the rise. Social media has been getting used far and wide by people whose minds are fraught with hatred. All of this draws the conclusion of how unhappy the country actually is.

The problem lies in the education system that has become business-oriented, the political culture is uneducated and is unable to bring forth prosperity, and the voting system in the country is not adequate to select the right people to rule. Happiness in the country is believed to be achieved by making the big bucks. Almost every aspect of life relates to having an enormous amount of money.

Rameez Mahesar is a member of the Editorial Board for a Russian Research Journal, Bulletin of Science. He can be contacted at rameezalimahesar@gmail.com. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.


blank