And my madness has given me both freedom and safety. Freedom of being alone and safety from being understood, for those who understand us, enslave something in us” that’s something Khalil Gibran said long ago. Actually, purpose of quoting a great writer like him is to make easy to confess that I have gone mad. Seriously. Though, this madness has not given the pleasure of freedom as yet.
So, I have gone mad and have started avoiding plastic bags as far as possible. Sometimes carrying stuff like potato chips, cold drinks etc in hand and walking calmly not caring about those staring eyes trying to say, “what kind of villager you are!” or may be, “such illiterate!”.
The chemical nature of plastic bags is such that they are non-biodegradable. So they are not decomposed nor disintegrated into their elements- a permanent source of pollution as soon as we throw them. Burning them is more dangerous than letting them stay for hundreds of years. Secondly, we do not have reprocessing facilities running which could decrease our concern. Though there are efforts at international level to introduce bags which are bio-degradable but that will take time (and for us a little more time).
Living in capital for years and seeing its beauty and cleanliness (with some exceptions) has started to take its toll. Now it feels like a crime to spoil its beauty or neatness. It seems easier to carry wrappers in pocket instead of throwing them on road until a dustbin is spotted.
Every time a plastic bag is avoided, it gives a sense of achievement thinking of those littered streets and sewerage systems of Pakistan. Initially to tell the shopkeeper, “shukria, shopper ki zarurat nhi” gave an impression that soon the earth will start shaking and the shop might fall or the other buyers might start laughing. But nothing like that has happened so far. Even a “tandoor wala” appreciated it when an offer for a bag was denied politely. Perhaps there are others too with same insanity.
Let’s join hands with hope of clean Pakistan. Let’s start believing that we can do it. Let’s go mad!