Small promises and great expectations

Hatman, I promise to do it tomorrow. Roo cheshmam, I will let you know in an hour. Bashe dadash, I’ll see you then.

These are examples of casual promises we make or hear everyday. And the fact that they’re left unkept doesn’t bother us, because we probably do the same thing ourselves. It would, for example, be okay to not let your friend know that your plans have changed and that you can’t make it tonight, because you’re friends, right? And it’s not like he’d be waiting anyway.

Promises like these that aren’t lived up to are small per se, but they also illustrate a pattern of behaviour that basically all of us have, a behaviour that moves on to prevent us from keeping great promises as well. And as it is, this pattern of behaviour has spread like a billowing ocean, and now all of us are in the same boat.

Yet in a broader context, we all have an opinion on what promises should be made and kept; in our homes, in our lives and even in our country. And we might both curse and blame the people promising stuff that they don’t live up to for all sorts of things when we look at the effects that the hollowness of their words have had on our lives. But we aren’t really justified to blame anyone for anything. Because if we ourselves can’t keep our own small promises, how can we demand great ones to be kept by others who, in a sense, are just like us?




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