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From the onset, PTI, as its name suggests, has been a movement to bring justice in a society prevalent with injustice. It started as a movement to empower the masses through educating them on the importance of their vote but the million dollar question is what seems to have changed. Khan remains loyal to the cause of benefitting the millions below the poverty line which is evident in news heard every day.
On the other hand, politically, he regularly contradicts his original message. Without going into too many details, his closest aides were challenged on their overseas interests which were not detailed in any recent tax returns. Moreover, regular acts of the party seem to show his disregard for practicing what he preaches — the ongoing issues related to the Intra-Party elections and Justice Wajih Tribunal which ensued to name a couple.
An array of similar contradictions can be noted but one must keep a focus on the crux of the article. What one derives from these contradictions is dependent on their perspective of the situation. Concentrating on those within the fold of PTI, there are millions who idolize Khan and can see the positive in all he does, whilst others don’t buy into his spin and choose to highlight his errors.
But the issue that remains is the stance that Khan holds. Has he changed his ideology? Achieving his previous desires, could his latest focus be the Prime Minister (PM) seat? Or worse still, was this all an act to become PM from day one?
Suggested by some, albeit a little far-fetched, wise men have said never say never. For the purpose of this article, the aforementioned will be ignored leaving the other two possibilities of ‘change in Khan’s ideology’ versus ‘the desire to become PM.’ Though easier to dictate he has changed his ideology, one would lean towards the latter and assume that he has now set himself on the challenge of being PM.
Reviewing his personality over the years, he hasn’t changed much so it is less likely he’s mindset would’ve changed, but it seems in line with his history that he has set himself a new goal or challenge to keep himself driving. By assuming the latter, one can also suggest that it overlaps the former option due to the phenomenon of tunnel vision.
Anais Nin stated, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” It is easily possible to maneuver actions to be justified within the existent ideology and use them to as part of the overall goal of being PM. Dr. Mathieu, a specialist in the intersection of spirituality and addiction, states:
“We can’t see anything that contradicts our intentions and desires. We get selective perception, which limits our ability to remain open and to see things clearly. Instead of being present to our reality, we put the blinders on and barrel ahead towards our hopes and dreams.”
Interestingly we can apply this to Khan and his previous achievements, in fact, tunnel-vision is common among many people and Khan has also admitted being a victim of this psyche. Tunnel vision may have led him to many successes in life, not without the struggles. Analyzing this in its current context of he’s aiming to be PM, one can understand why Khan would seem different.
Khan’s blinders might be on, and many things will be irrelevant as they are not linked to Prime Ministership. But at this stage in life which may be his last big innings, can he afford to put his reputation on the line? An old Cherokee adage comes to mind which entails a grandfather telling his grandson a story about a struggle inside of him:
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good — he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you — and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson, in his childish intrigue, asked: “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Though Khan’s credibility is not in question, one can’t help but worry about the two wolves inside Khan. On one side, the promise and hope he has given to the nation and on the other, he’s own personal desire of being PM which due to natural tendencies seem to have him in tunnel vision mode. The real question, one would suggest is, which wolf will Khan feed?