Diagnosing a country: Pakistan’s problem? Denialism, say speakers

KARACHI: Can one collectively diagnose a country? A pathological state that Pakistan suffers from is ‘denialism’, roughly defined as the tendency to reject reality and replace it with twisted logic – Illuminati, Jews, intelligence agencies – so that on an individual and collective level we can all absolve ourselves of responsibility for the plight of this blighted nation.
One does not have to look very far for examples of this phenomenon – whether it’s the ‘masks’ that Meera says people wore when they ‘impersonated’ her in a televised feed or the accursed green colour on the soles of our shoes that caused us great loss on the cricket pitch. A venerable collection of social commentators gathered at Habib University on Friday to discuss the admittedly sophisticated structure of our institutionalised denial.

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