The rise of Kur­dis­tan must not come to the detri­ment of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions

The new face­plate of Kur­dis­tan is not an in­di­ca­tor of progress so­ci­ety still has to make

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Bash­dar Pusho Is­maeel

In most coun­tries, ex­ten­sive trans­for­ma­tion of in­fra­struc­ture, econ­omy and so­ci­ety is a lengthy process over a con­sid­er­able pe­riod of time. In Kur­dis­tan, im­mense changes have taken place in lit­tle over a decade.

New high-rise build­ings, lux­ury restaurants, 5-star ho­tels and dozens of malls now dot the Er­bil land­scape and the change in a short-pe­riod of time is re­mark­able. How­ever, do so­ci­ety, the at­ti­tude and un­der­stand­ing of people and gen­eral skills and ed­u­ca­tion re­ally ad­vance in par­al­lel?

Ev­i­dently, trans­for­ma­tion in the face­plate of the city is not enough for Kur­dis­tan as a whole to re­ally ad­vance. In western coun­tries, it took cen­turies for in­fra­struc­ture and so­ci­ety to get where it is to­day.

The tri­als and tribu­la­tions and suf­fer­ings of the Kurds to get to the stature of to­day are tak­ing for granted, es­pe­cially amongst the youths.

In Kur­dis­tan it is now com­mon to see fam­i­lies own two or more cars in a sin­gle house­hold or en­joy mul­ti­ple in­comes. People carry with them the lat­est smart phones and con­tin­u­ously strive for the next best thing. Just 5 years ago, old cars even from the 80’s were still preva­lent, in­ter­net and tech­nol­ogy was en­joyed by the few and there was hardly a mall or lux­ury ho­tel in sight. But while a rapidly grow­ing city may be­lie its ten­der years in terms of real mod­erni­sa­tion, it can be mis­lead­ing in the pro­gres­sion of greater so­ci­ety.

A prime ex­am­ple is the at­ti­tude to­wards waste and lit­ter. Kur­dish fam­i­lies stock up on all sorts of food and dress in their glit­ter­ing tra­di­tional Kur­dish out­fits and leave their homes in the early morn­ing, spend­ing much time se­cur­ing a beau­ti­ful spot amongst the great land­scape of Kur­dis­tan to savour their day off. The trip is dom­i­nated by ex­pres­sions of how com­fort­able, en­joy­able and scenic the sur­round­ing is. Yet af­ter sev­eral hours of en­joy­ment and feast­ing, most Kur­dish fam­i­lies leave a tale of de­struc­tion – lit­ter and waste.

Rubbish and waste lit­er­ally dot the sur­round­ing area where the fam­ily sat. The blasé at­ti­tude em­ployed amongst the masses is a detri­ment to the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Why not al­low an­other fam­ily to revel in the en­joy­ment you tasted an­other week?

As ma­te­ri­al­ism grows in Kur­dis­tan, so does the seem­ingly self­ish na­ture of some people. With­out work­ing to­gether, im­prov­ing bonds within com­mu­ni­ties and an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the fu­ture amongst the masses, the ad­vance­ment of Kur­dis­tan will be ham­pered.

A self­ish per­sonal drive to at­tain for­tune and en­joy­ment will see fu­ture gen­er­a­tions suf­fer. Take to the road in Kur­dis­tan and rarely does one give way to an­other or give thanks to other driv­ers.

Kur­dis­tan beauty lies in its mil­len­nia old her­itage, in its cul­ture that is passed from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion for thou­sands of years, in its im­mense hos­pi­tal­ity and warm hearts and in the abil­ity of the people to stick to­gether and tri­umph against the odds.

As cap­i­tal­ism take grip and con­sumerism and new build­ings rise, this must not di­lute Kur­dish cul­ture. With the ex­cep­tion of the newly ren­o­vated Kur­dish Tex­tile and Cul­tural Mu­seum in Qalat, mu­se­ums and cen­tres where cul­ture can be pre­served, dis­played and cel­e­brated are rare.

For­eign­ers and tourists must get a taste of the priv­i­lege to live amongst the Kurds and Kur­dish cul­ture and not just en­joy­ment in the best ho­tels and restaurants.

Ed­u­ca­tion must be en­hanced in Kur­dis­tan so it is the Kurds who dom­i­nate high­lyskilled jobs and tech­ni­cal and med­i­cal profiles. Above all else, the people must ob­tain an un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of hard-work and putting real ef­fort in achiev­ing their goals with­out short­cuts.

Some people want to work as few hours as pos­si­ble, put min­i­mal ef­fort and still be­come rich. A key ac­tion is pro­mote and strengthen the pri­vate sec­tor and re­duces the strong de­pen­dency on the govern­ment for jobs.

The abil­ity to com­bine the needs of to­day with the needs of to­mor­row is es­sen­tial. The grow­ing pol­lu­tion in Er­bil can never be a good thing. The lack of a pub­lic trans­port sys­tem is detri­men­tal as the road net­work can­not ac­com­mo­date all these cars no mat­ter how fast the Kur­dish govern­ment builds new roads.

People con­tinue to waste im­mense amounts of elec­tric­ity and wa­ter and com­plain about lack of ser­vices. The ap­pre­ci­a­tion for sav­ing elec­tric­ity and en­ergy should not be val­ued on mon­e­tary means alone but on the ben­e­fits of the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion.

This is the same case with re­cy­cling. Tons of wastage does not just mirac­u­lously dis­ap­pear. It needs go some­where and un­for­tu­nately with great ef­fect on the fu­ture en­vi­ron­ment. Tons of plas­tics and metals could be re­cy­cled than end up in land­fill sites.

The moral of this story is not to down­play the phenom­e­nal rise of Kur­dis­tan. It is to build a Kur­dis­tan that will be sus­tained for hun­dreds of years and that many gen­er­a­tions can con­tin­u­ously en­joy. The cur­rent self­ish life­style and dis­re­gard for greater so­ci­ety, en­vi­ron­ment and the well­be­ing of oth­ers, can only last a cer­tain course.

The bot­tom line is that no dis­re­gard and ne­glect to­day is with­out fu­ture pay pack to­mor­row.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Iraq

© PressReader. All rights reserved.