Self Introspection

So yesterday we visited this burger joint for the first ( and probably last time) in this mall in Karachi. It is supposed to be this world renowned fast food chain. It opened in Karachi quite a few months back and was thronged with people left, right and centre then.

Now i.e. yesterday it was relatively quieter.

You see me and hubby, we are not really into this whole “what’s in, what’s out” thing. We don’t feel excluded if we have not visited any particular restaurant that almost everybody is going to and writing about our experience in a particular facebook group. 

We do not routinely check in our location on facebook either because we are cool like that. To be honest, we are pretty much non nonchalant about this whole facebook checking in places and restaurant gloating shpiel.

The only reason we went to this particular burger place was because it was half empty and personally i wanted some junk food in my system. This post however is not a review of the food. But if you have to know, it was like any other burger. Could be one from McDonald’s -just a bigger size.  Obviously these people disagree and hey, to each their own.

Anyway, somewhere during the meal, i thought, “I wonder how much those guys working in the kitchen earn in a month?”

” Can they afford to bring their family and kids to this place?”

” There are people dying of hunger and i am actually evaluating this burger i am munching?”

” I wonder if they have an all employee family day at this restaurant. Well, if they don’t, they should.”

” Who am i to judge anybody if i chose to munch on this thing?”

” Would my thoughts be different if i actually liked this?”

And then my hypocrisy dawned on me.

I make so many clothes. I buy so many shoes. I don’t really need them. There are people who spend any given year wearing just a pair of shoes. There are people who only own the one item of clothing on their body. And yet, i buy these items, discard them for the under privileged, and buy more clothes and shoes.

Who am i? What do i want? What do i need? Why am i here? 

What am i thinking?

Self righteous woman !


9 thoughts on “Self Introspection

  1. I think we all go through these thoughts, the important thing is to thank Allah for all your blessings, and to do what you can where you can for the under privileged.

      • Rather than just helping people out with food and money, it’ll be always be more beneficial in the long term to focus on educating the children of the people you want to help. Or alternatively, helping people in small businesses.

  2. Its a wonderful post. We do get too involved in our lives to be able to take out time to think for others. We also tend to avoid much introspection because it gets too uncomfortable. However, a person with true courage will force him / herself to such introspection on a daily basis. In my opinion, if you are not feeling uncomfortable with the amount of blessings you have, you are not doing it right.

    Because unless you feel uncomfortable, nothing will spur you into action. Very good post Sa-Fire, and keep inspiring people for intense introspections.

  3. I’m glad people who think like you exist :). The wealth inequality that exists today in the world, your kind of thinking helps a bit. And yes, once in a while, it’s okay to get junk food in the system though :). One thing I wanted to share. My bro in law does this. Whenever he goes to a fancy place for eats, he usually has left overs, and packs them all up and leaves, and makes sure he hands them over to somebody (begging) on the street, usually a child.

    I really like this habit and hope more people adopt this iA :)

    • thanks Uni. On a personal note, if i eat somewhere nice , i would order a spare meal for another and definitely not hand my left overs to them. To me, that is demeaning. I make it a point to eat everything on my plate or order less where i know i won’t be able to consume all of the food. There are many people in the world who are dying of hunger and i can’t bear wastage of food.


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