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Addressing the root cause of social problems

It is appalling to see that the same TV channel which condemns violence against women in its talk shows in the afternoon airing programmes that objectify women in the evening.
Nabeel Iqbal
Addressing the root cause of social problems

Imagine the leaves of a plant turning yellow because of a problem in the roots of the plant, but instead of fixing the roots, we start dying the leaves green! This is a parable of the way we tend to deal with social problems. Rather than identifying the root cause of the problem and then administering the cure at the root level, we tend to look at problems and administer the cure mostly at the surface level.

For example, young minds being radicalized by extremist groups, such as ISIS and white supremacists, are a problem. In this case the root of the problem lies in the misinterpretation and manipulation of religious and philosophical texts to advance perverted aims and agendas. How do we fix this problem? Is it by removing religious and philosophical texts from schools, colleges, universities and the internet? Or do we disseminate the widely-accepted and tolerant interpretations of religious and philosophical texts, which do not endorse but rather condemns the ideologies and practices of the very extremist groups who claim to be their adherents?

The answer is plain and simple. If we promote and spread the tolerant interpretations of religious and philosophical texts which are being used by extremist groups, then the chances of young minds being radicalized will be significantly reduced. The problem arises when an individual undertakes soul-searching, becomes curious about a particular religion or philosophy and having no sound knowledge about that particular religion or philosophy falls in the clutches of an extremist group. Hence, mass-education of the widely-accepted and tolerant views of most religions and philosophies can cure the problem from the root. Without a steady supply of spiritually and philosophically uneducated young individuals, the extremist groups cannot sustain in the long-run.

As another example, let us the take the case of drug abuse, which has become a serious problem for most societies. Once again, are we addressing the problem from the root? The root of the problem lies in childhood abuse, neglect, broken families, lack of monitoring by parents or guardians, depression, poverty and/or even simple curiosity fuelled my popular movies and music. Without identifying and addressing the root cause of drug addiction and then educating the general population about it, the periodic raids at drug dens will not solve the problem in the long-run.

If there is a demand, supply will find a way. Hence, addressing the demand side is as important as raiding the supply side. By educating the masses about the root causes of drug abuse and then taking steps towards addressing these issues are as important as strengthening the police force in the fight against drugs. Reducing inequality, strengthening the foundations of a society and rehabilitation of orphaned street children are paramount in our fight against the menace of drug addiction.

Now, let us consider the most serious of all social problems: the alarming increase in violence against women and children. This is a great cause of concern, if not the greatest, that our society is currently facing. What is the root of the problem? Is it the widely accessible pornography? Or is it the movies, shows in TV, newspapers and magazines that objectify women? Is it a lack of moral education or proper up-bringing in childhood? Most certainly, it is a combination of all these factors and many more; all of which need to be identified and addressed at the earliest, if we are truly serious about protecting women and children from violence and abuse.

It is appalling to see that the same TV channel which condemns violence against women in its talk shows in the afternoon airing programmes that objectify women in the evening. Promoting and airing sexualized TV shows and adverts puts a big question mark on our sincerity and commitment in this battle against oppression of women and children; so will the act of blocking pornographic websites which can be accessed easily by other means.

Social scientists need to identify the root cause(s) of the problems that human societies are facing currently and then the causes must be addressed by the government and society as a whole; there must be a concerted and collective effort on all fronts. We must understand and acknowledge that the social problems are interconnected and intertwined if we want to untangle and free ourselves from them. Each and every one of us can play a significant role in tackling the problems our respective societies are facing. Each and every one of us can make a difference and together we can weed out the social problems from their roots.

The writer is a lecturer, North South University

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