In a world where everything is forbidden, all things become possible, where there are too many rules, there will be too many violations, and where the rules intrude too much into the personal and private sphere, all manners of “perversion” proliferate. This is indeed the essence of our contemporary malaise as Middle Easterners.
Criticism on demand makes one a court jester, not a social critic or a champion of the people, and only confirms the autocratic nature of the system soliciting such criticism. The real critic is the one who criticizes because he wants to, not because he was allowed to.
Transforming ideals into actions and moving from theory to practice – this is where all hell breaks loose. Yet, this is what makes all the difference in the world. Ideas and ideals by themselves are meaningless.
Puritans risk becoming either hypocritical or irrelevant, if not criminally negligent. Ideas and Ideals need to be put into practice, for all the risk of subversion and error, in order to create a chance for the possibility of improvement, both on the collective and individual levels. The world does not need saints, but people who know how to pick themselves back up again after they fall.
The Innocent are riddled with guilt. The Guilty are smug.
Ours is a case of righteous indignation run amuck, of principled stands without any vision or plan of action or goal, of nihilistic determination to get everything we ever really wanted at the cost of settling continuously for everything we never really needed… The bleeding continues.
Ideas are universal and are as susceptible to interpretations & adaptations as they are to sterility & death. Those who strive to keep ideas pure are, in effect, striving to make them sterile & irrelevant. The puritanical cannot be universal.
Arabs keep looking for a new Saladin when they should be looking for a new Averroes. True liberation begins in the mind.