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From the cradle to the grave we are instructed by society to speak truth. Yet the practice carries more penalties than speaking an outright lie does.

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A controversial skill, then, to be truthful. If ever we decide to stand by the truth, then we are asked to consider the doctrine of (particular) necessity, self-made social norms and even national security. The majority among us refuse to engage with such complications and instead take either to keeping silent or even lying. This social duplicity has kept us back as a people and as a country.

I have no qualms in saying that this social conditioning, this belief that one cannot disagree with obsolete traditions and norms, with your elders, with those who hold senior positions to you and with state policies is absolutely wrong. Had this been wrong then would our religious figures, our revolutionary leaders, our reformists have brought about the change that they did?

I do not say that in our disagreement we let go of our manners when talking to our elders or that we do not consider the state when giving an honest opinion. But I do insist that we realize that there is a difference between loyalty and slavery. Speaking the truth, listening to the truth and self-accountability does not harm us, belief in black and white narratives does. Suppressing facts leads to the promotion of distortion. In simple words, a point comes when it is becomes difficult to differentiate between a truth and a lie. From that point onwards, social chaos is always close by.

Restricting the truth also leads to an atmosphere of suppression, one that has the potential to turn into lava. There is nothing more painful than observing injustice but not being able to comment on it or write about it. The anger turns into resentment and eventually anger. When young people are asked to perform this impossible task, they turn their resentment towards the state. Lets hope such a point does not arise in the country or else our system will collapse and we will have to build, from scratch, a new one.

For those who are paying attention, the clues point towards our society marching towards this threshold. From our political class, to our religious leaders, to the analysts who appear on TV daily, almost all have abandoned the truth in favor of advantageous versions of facts. Where else can this road go, on which are being marched, but towards a society full of cruelty and barbarism?

There is a faction that believes this system will keep on moving ahead despite this glaring threat. History is not their forte or else they would know how misplaced their belief is. This system can be changed and will be changed, the road to that change has been determined since eternity. It is simply, holding high the banners of truth even when all else around you degenerates into misinformation. If we wish to change the luck of this country than we must follow this path, stopping for nothing till we have achieved our goal.

Yes, there are many obstacles ahead. But if we are being asked to put on blindfolds, our hands are being bound to stop them from putting truth on paper, and our tongues are being locked up, then we have been left with no choice. Freedom does not come without sacrifice.

 

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Cleaning operation continues on Eid 3rd day

LWMC has disposed of more than 42,500 tons of garbage and animal remains

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Lahore: On the third day of Eid al-Adha, the cleaning operation continues without interruption to dispose of the garbage.

The central control room is active 24 hours a day for the cleanliness of the city. 24 hours monitoring of the grand cleaning operation is going on. The Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) has disposed of more than 42,500 tons of garbage and animal remains since Chand Raat. The roads are being washed with water mixed with rose water and phenyl and lime is also being sprinkled.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) LWMC Babar Sahib Din said that more than 15,700 citizens contacted the helpline during Eid. The immediate resolution of more than 15,300 complaints was ensured. On the first day of Eid, more than 16,000 tons of garbage were stored. Over 8,000 tons of waste was transported to the landfill site at night.

Babar Sahib Din further said that 15,000 workers of LWMC are present in the field in three shifts. 105 temporary collection points established in the city are being zero-wasted daily. As per the instructions of Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz, the cleaning operation continues with the same spirit on the third day of Eid.

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Why the most powerful men in America are the worst dressed

Americans may be paying less attention to political news ahead of the 2024 election, but when they do tune in, they’ll be greeted by a sartorial landscape that’s different from the one they remember four years ago. Legions of Republicans are copying Trump’s s…

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Americans may be paying less attention to political news ahead of the 2024 election, but when they do tune in, they’ll be greeted by a sartorial landscape that’s different from the one they remember four years ago. Legions of Republicans are copying Trump’s shiny red ties in a bid to win his (and his base’s) favor. Suits, at least on younger politicians, have gotten significantly tighter. And we’re officially in the unfortunate era of the “dress sneaker.” DC fashion has always been notoriously bleak, steeped in the regressive gender and respectability politics that govern the nation’s oldest bureaucracies. Here to explain what’s going on in this particular election cycle is Derek Guy, the San Francisco-based founder of the blog Die, Workwear!, who’s perhaps better known as X’s “menswear guy,” having exploded on the platform in 2022 for his informative threads and quippy comebacks. In our conversation, Guy analyzes how the casualization of clothing generally has resulted in a laissez-faire attitude among politicians, why Cary Grant looks more put together than today’s young “alpha males,” and whether we’ll ever elect a hypebeast president (spoiler: probably not in our lifetimes). Over the past 50 or so years, menswear has become much more casual. Can you explain how that happened? Many people think of the casualization of menswear as a postwar phenomenon, but the casualization of menswear goes back a very long time. The suit itself was a more casual alternative to the frock coat. Then by the 1920s and 30s, more men became interested in sportswear and sportcoats became a thing. By the postwar period, tailoring started to decline, and by the 1960s and ’70s, the civil rights movements, antiwar protests, and countercultural youth movements all essentially made the suit a symbol of the establishment. Things like leather jackets and jeans symbolized rugged working-class authenticity. [Media: https://twitter.com/dieworkwear/status/1756212567343800816] Suits had a brief revival in the ’80s but eventually died by the 1990s with casual Fridays. When Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook and new kinds of tech billionaires were minted in the early 2000s, hoodies and jeans became a new status symbol. It symbolized meritocracy, this whiz-kid tech billionaire meritocracy in the new economy, which stood opposed to the traditional coat-and-tie industries back East. It's not just the casualization of dress, it’s that wearing a hoodie and jeans symbolizes a new kind of nobility. We see elements of that super-casual vibe filtering into politics. You’ve written about how many politicians are pairing sneakers with suits or wearing “dress sneakers.” Why doesn’t that work? I just happen to think it’s ugly. There’s no logical basis for beauty. I feel that the way that men wore tailored clothing in the midcentury looks better than the way many men wear it today. If someone agrees with that premise, I can give them some ideas on how to hold on to the contours of the look of the midcentury while still making it look modern. But there are certain moves that, once you leave those contours, you’re now in the realm of like, Ron DeSantis wearing a suit jacket with jeans, and I just think it looks ugly. But again, my ideas only work if you agree that Cary Grant looks better than Ron DeSantis or Andrew Tate. Many people think Andrew Tate looks cooler than Cary Grant. If we start with different premises, then my dos and don’ts don’t apply. [Media: https://twitter.com/dieworkwear/status/1664421702292635648] I think the average person would probably agree with you there, but then we have these communities of “alpha male” buff guys like Tate in these extremely tight, stretchy suits. Where did we start seeing those, and why do you think they are so popular among the right-leaning demographic? Amanda Mull wrote a brilliant article in the Atlantic a couple of years ago on how stretch fabrics became acceptable to men, because for a long time stretch fabrics were the purview of women’s clothing. Many men felt it was too feminine to wear stretch fabrics, and it’s very weird how now stretch fabrics are okay for men to wear. Anyone who was interested in clothing in the early 2000s will remember that the skinny tight suit was considered a metrosexual look, and there was much hand-wringing over the idea of Western men becoming more effete and whether this was like the death of Western masculinity. That moment was 20 years ago now, and it’s so far removed from many people’s memory. This is the normal progression of trends: What starts as the bleeding edge, hipster, urban style becomes continually more mainstream. Now it’s just the default look. Many gym bros or “alpha males” say they prefer it because they get to show off their body. This is just an ad hoc kind of explanation, because, again, in the early 2000s, this was considered a very metrosexual look. Now this is basically what you wear if you only have minimal interest in clothing and you go into a store. If you were just to blindly reach into a clothing rack and grab something, that’s what’s available to you. Meanwhile, the conservative establishment is parroting Donald Trump, who famously wears suits that pool at the ankles and look way too big. What fashion lineage does Trump’s style borrow from? Many politicians wear trousers that pool around their ankles, at least the older ones. The younger ones all wear really tight pants, so it’s like these two extremes. Trump is a portly guy. His suits are built to hide his stomach. When you are a portly man, you have to get coats large enough to fasten over your stomach, and he does that. [Image: Trump leaving New York's Trump Tower in early May. https://platform.vox.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2024/06/GettyImages-2151283321.jpg?quality=90&strip=all] The unique thing about his silhouette is that he wears a very extended shoulder, because if he were to wear a narrow shoulder, then you essentially wind up with a pear-shaped silhouette. He doesn’t want that, he wants a V-shaped silhouette. When you extend the shoulder that much, that means you have to lengthen the coat to keep the same proportions. Then when you wear a large jacket, you'll have to wear larger trousers. He wears a very long tie because he feels that’s slimming. He mentioned that to Chris Christie, who wrote about it in his book. I think he wants to avoid the look of that cartoon figure of a portly man who’s always eating hamburgers. That's how you end up with Trump’s oversized suit. What do you think about all the Republican men copying Trump’s ties? I think Republicans are wearing the bright red tie to signal that they’re a Trump Republican as opposed to a Romney Republican. It’s not just the bright red tie, it’s that they’re often wearing satin red ties, a very shiny material that Trump wears. Historically for men, it’s usually the tie you’d wear in the evening. But Trump wears a satin red tie even in afternoons and mornings, because it’s the strongest, punchiest way to wear a red tie. Other Republicans have picked up on that and bought essentially the same tie when you see them coming out in support of Trump. [Image: Republican presidential candidates Mike Pence, Ron DeSantis, and Ramaswamy at last year’s GOP primary debate. https://platform.vox.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2024/06/GettyImages-1634881727.jpg?quality=90&strip=all] The first time I really noticed that was the very first Republican primary debate for this presidential campaign. So many came out in bright red ties, and the only men that didn’t were Chris Christie and Asa Hutchinson, both of whom said they wouldn’t support Trump if he were the party’s nominee. They were totally scorched by Republicans for that. As everyone has noted, Trump has taken over the party. It’s this kind of careful thing where candidates want to stand up to him and say that you’re an alternative, but then you also have to court his base of diehards. Do you find that Democratic politicians are taking a different approach to fashion than their Republican counterparts? I don't know if there’s a significant difference between how Democratic and Republican politicians dress. The contrast is more evident across generations. Men in their 30s and 40s tend to favor slim-fit clothing, whereas men in their 50s and 60s favor fuller-fitting clothes. Some of this comes out of experience. I can’t imagine President Biden or Trump wearing the kind of clothes we see on Rep. Gaetz because they would instinctively know that suits shouldn’t fit like that. I think this comes out of the fact that they grew up in a generation where tailored clothing was more common, and so they’re more familiar with it, whereas I suspect Rep. Gaetz only started wearing suits with any regularity after he was elected into office in 2017. [Image: Rep. Matt Gaetz at Trump’s criminal trial in May. https://platform.vox.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2024/06/GettyImages-2152711008.jpg?quality=90&strip=all] There are noticeably bad dressers on both sides of the aisle, but in slightly different ways. I can’t imagine a Republican opting to dress like Sen. Fetterman because I think there are more pressures on that side of the aisle to conform to notions of respectability in dress. But ill-fitting attire is hardly a partisan issue. There are some members of Gen Z who are getting back into fuller-fitting silhouettes, which is great. But they’ve yet to get into elected offices in a way that makes their dress sense noticeable in political life. We’re now seeing Mark Zuckerberg start to wear a chain and grow out his curls. Do you think there’s a world in which, in a couple election cycles, there will be streetwear-influenced political dressing? No, not streetwear. The thing about clothing is that it’s so tied to signaling issues dealing with class, race, and often coded as respectability. What we term “respectability” is often middle-class whiteness. Streetwear does not convey that. Mark Zuckerberg can get away with it because he’s a billionaire. But politicians and people who work in offices often have to affect this uniform of middle-class whiteness, and I think it’s going to be the default uniform, at least for the rest of my lifetime. I think they’re still going to do button-up shirts and sometimes jeans. [Media: https://www.instagram.com/p/C69aOWwO4nM/?hl=en&img_index=1] How do you think male politicians and other powerful guys can dress better? And why aren’t they doing that already? US politicians have dressed more casually since at least the 1970s. Politicians are people too, and they exist in the same world as we do. They’re influenced by the same casualization trends. John F. Kennedy is often credited with having killed the hat for not wearing the hat at certain parts of his inauguration, and in the ’80s, when you see some politicians campaigning, you'll notice that they lose their jackets. In the late ’90s to the early 2000s, you start to see men lose the tie, so they’re only campaigning in a dress shirt. When Jeb Bush announced his candidacy for the presidency, he wore a quarter-zip sweater. Some of it is a desire to not look too stuffy. When you're walking into a town hall with everyone dressed casually, you don’t want to be seen as the suit. Personally, I think they would look better if they put on a tailored jacket and found ways to dress down a jacket that was not an orphan suit jacket with jeans. That’s the one unique thing about Donald Trump: He’s the only modern president who refuses to dress down outside of, like, golf courses. He always wears a suit. You rarely see him without a tie. We all know that these people are very powerful. Most come from privileged, wealthy backgrounds. I think they should just wear a tailored jacket and we should all just give up the charade that just because you’re dressed casually, you’re somehow one of us. As an electoral matter, I don’t think that’s changing. Politicians are still going to want to dress down to seem more relatable to voters. A version of this story appeared in Today, Explained, Vox’s flagship daily newsletter. Sign up here for future editions.
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Wendy Diep thought all of her friends were on the same page when they booked a trip to Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando a few years ago: Roller coasters were most definitely on the itinerary. She was unfortunately mistaken. “One girl didn’t ride …

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Wendy Diep thought all of her friends were on the same page when they booked a trip to Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando a few years ago: Roller coasters were most definitely on the itinerary. She was unfortunately mistaken. “One girl didn’t ride roller coasters at all, and everybody wanted to ride roller coasters,” says Diep, the co-founder and CEO of group travel planning app Let’s Jetty. “We had to assign someone to hang out with her because she didn’t want to hang out alone.” Mismatched expectations are just one of the many ways a vacation with a group of friends can go sideways. When you’re traveling, you’re faced with dozens of decisions you don’t always have to make in your daily lives, says Auston Matta, the owner, founder, and CEO of the travel advice and LGBTQ group trip planning website Two Bad Tourists. A group of friends can often have conflicting ideas of where to eat, what to see, how much to spend, and how to get around. Add in the stress of being in a new place and disagreements are bound to arise. But you don’t have to let the possibility of conflict deter you from jet-setting with your pals. Most of the planning and discussion should take place before your bags are ever packed. Here’s what experts say will make your friend getaway as pain-free as possible. First, figure out the kind of trip you’ll take Group travel usually comes together one of two ways, Matta says: one friend decides on a destination and loops others in, or a few people commit to traveling together and they choose a locale collectively. Regardless of how the idea originates, everyone should be on the same page with the kind of vacation they want to have. “One of my favorite questions to ask,” says Nicole Martinez, a co-founder and chief design officer of Let’s Jetty, “is ‘What is everyone’s intentions for the trip?’” This gives members of your group the opportunity to share whether they’re looking to lounge beachside at an all-inclusive resort or want to hit the trails and camp. Then, get more granular: What experiences do you hope to prioritize on the trip itself? You might be open to spending more money on meals and museums, but want to stay in cheaper lodging and skip shopping. (More on how to handle these kinds of money conversations later.) Once everyone has shared their preferences, the group should ideally feel prepared for the type of vacation you’ll have. This includes whether the trip is child- or partner-friendly. Maybe a majority of the group is aligned in their desire to do wine tastings. Your toddler might not have the best time. Having this knowledge allows you to make a choice on whether to sit this one out. However, just because your friends want to do a ski trip doesn’t mean you necessarily have to skip as a noted ski-hater. Many ski resorts and towns offer other activities, like spas or shopping, for people who want to join the trip without partaking in the main activity, Martinez says. Talk about budget early on One of the biggest factors determining the type of trip you’ll have is budget. People often dance around the topic of money instead of offering concrete boundaries for what they can and can’t afford, says financial therapist Amanda Clayman. We say “I’d like to stay someplace nice, but not too fancy,” Clayman says, when we really mean “my budget is X amount a night.” To get around this, Clayman suggests saying to your friends, “It would be really helpful if we could all share what we’re comfortable spending on a hotel” or “What is everyone comfortable spending on dinners?” Get clarity on how you’ll split expenses. Maybe each person will pay for their travel and lodging individually. Set a deadline for when everyone will book and pay for any of these charges, Matta says, so one person isn’t saddled with the bill for an entire hotel stay when they were supposed to split it with four people who backed out of the trip at the last minute. Figure out how you’ll split any costs that the group incurs on the vacation itself. Maybe the person who wants to rack up credit card points will pay for activities and meals. How will you keep track of what everyone owes? Matta and Diep suggest bill-splitting apps like Splitwise or Tab for dividing up costs. Give your friends the flexibility to opt out of certain excursions or activities if they’re out of budget, and never force anyone to spend more than they’re comfortable with. If you do decide to upgrade certain experiences — like sitting in first class on a flight or choosing a more expensive hotel — be prepared for potential hurt feelings, Clayman says. “That comes down to the values of the friend group,” she says. “Is there a higher value on togetherness [or] the individual value on comfort?” Set expectations on how you’ll spend your time To address potential pain points like staying in separate hotels, be explicit with how much time you hope the group spends together. For example, if your ideal vacation includes eating, sleeping, and sightseeing with every travel buddy for the entirety of the trip, you may want to select lodging or activities that are in everyone’s budget in order to fulfill that goal. Let the group know how much time you expect to spend in smaller groups or on your own, too. Maybe you and another friend are early risers and plan on getting breakfast each day without the rest of your pals. If there are activities you hope everyone attends — like a group dinner — give the rest of the group a heads up, says Suzie Palma, a co-founder and chief product and growth officer at Let’s Jetty. You could say, “I made dinner reservations for all of us the last night of the trip. It would be awesome if we could all celebrate together.” Letting your friends know your expectations on togetherness gives them an idea of when they can peel off, too. Sometimes a friend just needs some alone time in the middle of the day and that’s okay. Palma advises against scheduling every part of your trip down to the hour, since it’s unlikely you’ll be able to hit every spot and you’ll end up feeling rushed. Instead, schedule one or two big activities for the day and fill in the gaps. Maybe you’ll book a surfing lesson in the morning and score tickets to a comedy show at night. What else is in the vicinity of those two locations that can keep you occupied during the rest of the day? You could opt for spontaneous wandering or refer to a collaborative Google Map where you all have flagged potentially interesting locations throughout your destination. “What are the things to do in that area?” Palma says. “Here’s the wine windows in Florence that we can check out while we’re going to this restaurant.” One friend might naturally take the lead in planning, but make sure each person has some input on the itinerary. Maybe everyone takes a turn planning a different day of the trip. Or the lead organizer can delegate tasks, such as asking one person to pick up firewood for the cabin. Just remember not to get upset if they don't do their homework, Matta says: This is supposed to be fun for everyone, not an obligation. If things don’t go quite according to plan, stay flexible, says travel agent Erionne Thompson. Try not to break down if your suggestion to whitewater raft is overruled or the restaurant you booked actually can’t accommodate you. “Come in with an open mind,” she says. “There may be things that others within the group may not want to do.” What to do if someone gets mad It’s entirely possible that someone might get frustrated, tired, or hangry and not be on their best behavior. The larger the group, the more likely clashes of personality are to occur, Matta says. Try not to let the tension escalate. If a friend isn’t acting like themselves, address the person individually and ask them if they want to talk about it, Thompson says. Whether your friend has an issue with another traveler or simply didn’t get good sleep, you don’t want to let animosity follow you home. Sometimes your friend may want space. Let them have it. The best-case scenario for any group trip is for everyone to enjoy themselves — and remain friends once you’re back home. Even if everyone’s vacation looks a little different, so long as you communicate and stay open-minded, everyone is bound to have a trip for the ages.
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