Letters To The Editor

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” 

–Maya Angelou

The downsides of panic buying

With events like looming natural disasters, such as a hurricane or flood, people frequently stock up with emergency supplies. It is rational to prepare for something bad that looks likely to occur. However, it is not rational to buy tons of bread and flour for what would likely be a two-week isolation period. This type of behaviour can make shortages worse. Irrational stockpiling can also lead to price gouging. And there have been plenty of examples of price gouging during the corona pandemic. We must keep everyone else’s needs in mind so that others are not deprived of the basic necessities because as mentioned before, our stockpiling and hoarding can lead to the increase in prices and as a result low wage earners may find difficulty in purchasing various commodities. This might also lead to low supplies for high-risk individuals who need things like face masks more than the general population does. Hence, instead of panic buying we should practice disaster preparation. Panic buying is not the solution to anything. A better plan than panic buying would be to be prepared all year round for possible emergencies or crisis.

Ilyas khan,

A little kindness goes a long way

Our daily lives can be filled with hustle and bustle – things like work, school, family life, travelling, and other commitments can make the hours fly in a blur. But at the end of the day, what we tend to remember most are the little things: a free refill at our favourite coffee shop, receiving an unexpected text from a friend, the person who let us skip ahead in line at the grocery store. These small acts of kindness add up quickly. In fact, studies have shown that kindness not only promotes gratitude, empathy and compassion toward others, but it can also have a positive impact on our own health and well-being. In times of global emergencies like this, a random act of kindness can go a long way. Remember that no matter how small the act, what we do matters, and might just brighten someone’s day!

Bushra Sheikh,

The healing power of nature

Nature is the antidote to today’s busy and stressful world. There’s nothing quite like being deep in a forest, or immersed in the natural world completely separated from society. It provides an inexplicable sense of tranquil awareness. The only sounds are those of your own breathing, footsteps, the wind, rustling trees and the movements of the creatures who call the wild home. Nature reduces stress and helps us find meaning and connect with our true selves. There are now many studies available revealing the psychological benefits of nature. All of the research points to the fact that the closer we are to nature, the happier we feel. In essence, nature is a powerful anti-depressant. We should all take advantage of the healing power of nature and make the effort of leaving our urban dwellings and spend some time in nature.

Alina Zehra,

Inflation: The social and economic monster

When prices rise for energy, food, commodities, and other goods and services, the entire economy is affected. Rising prices, known as inflation, impact the cost of living, the cost of doing business, borrowing money, mortgages, and every other facet of the economy. Pakistan has been suffering from a surge of inflation since many years. This year, Pakistan’s inflation rate was recorded to be the highest in 12 years. To reduce inflation, the government should devise some strategies of investment in agriculture, education and industry. There needs to be law and order to maintain balance in exports and imports. A good monetary policy must be prepared, targeting inflation.

Madeeha Sikander,