Monthly Archives: January 2013

Activism is so IN!!

Yea it is, everyone is an activist for something these days, and those who really don’t have any of their own convictions can choose to conveniently latch on to any fashionable and trendy cause featured online …..

Start a page or a group or even a blog, start a petition, post a comment, hit like, start a discussion, upload a photo with a quote, etc… and hey you’re Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. all of a sudden?

I know a couple of people activating for so many causes at the same time, that it’s getting confusing (if it’s confusing me, I can’t even imagine what it’s doing to the serial activist)….

It’s easy to vent through social media about revolution, rights, responsible citizenship, unethical treatment of animals, environmental crimes, etc… and I suppose it makes you feel like you actually did something for the greater good.

I argue that we have come to a time of such interconnectedness and open communication that it has masked our sense of isolation with meaningless interaction.

Come cure your sense of isolation and helplessness by liking a page, by adopting a virtual cause, by becoming part of this electronic community of faces and masks.

Real activism is about commitment, about sacrifice, about risking life and limb for what you believe in, it’s not about hiding behind a screen and spewing often unsupported arguments.

Wake up virtual activists, they’ve found you a way to vent your frustrations, that is well away from the arena where  important decisions are made!!

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بين “الدراما” واللامبالات

إنني مدركة  للأبعاد المأساوية  في المنطقة:  فظائع الحرب، رائحة الموت، مرارة الجوع، البؤس، الأسر، النزوح، الظلم، التخبط وما إلى ذلك ..

كما اني مدركة لمآسٍ يومية كالأطفال المتسولين، والأقليات المحرومة من حقوقها، والعمال الأجانب المسحوقين، والنساء المعنفات، وضحايا الأمراض الخبيثة والأنظمة المهترئة…

 إنني مدركة لأحزان الحياة، ولكنني اختار نهج الابتعاد عن “الدراماتيكية” وعن المجاهرة بالآراء والمواقف، ما يجعل البعض يسيء الفهم ويشخص هذا النهج بأنه لامبالاة.

 بمجرد أن لا تصرح علنيا عن موقف من هذا الأمر أوذاك، أوأن لا تستنكر وتدين وتنعي وتنوح وباستمرار، أنت متهم باللامبالات.

 ما قد لا يفهمه البعض هو أن الامتناع عن الامتعاض  قد يعني فهما بدائيا لفوضوية الحياة أو لطبيعتها الدائرية. أو قد يعني قدرا معينا من السيطرة على ردود الفعل العاطفية من أجل الحصول على فهم دقيق لحالة معينة والتخطيط لردود الفعل اللازمة.وقد يعني أيضا حالة من الحفاظ على الذات وعلى العقل في مواجهة الكثير من المآسي.

 هناك فائض من ردود الفعل “الدراماتيكية”في أيامنا هذه: الكثير من الصراخ، واللطم، والبكاء، والتوعد بالانتقام، كما هناك الكثير من الحديث عن الكراهية واليأس والبؤس…

فإذا كان النهج المنطقي الهادئ في مواجهة مآسي هذا العصرظاهرة غريبة تعتبر لامبالات، اعتبروني شخصا لامباليا…

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If it’s not Drama, it’s Apathy?

I am well aware of the very tragic events in the region:  the atrocities of war, the stench of death, the bitterness of hunger, the wretchedness of displaced families, the sorrows of injury and injustice, etc…

I am very well aware of the daily tragedies of homeless children, disenfranchised minorities, the stepped upon migrant workers, the abused women, the cancer and other awful disease victims.

I am well aware of the inequities of life, but I CHOOSE to stay away from the dramatic approach to things.  This  sometimes is misconstrued as apathy, I get it, given the seriously dark state of things, my seemingly neutral attitude can very well be understood as apathy.

Just because someone is not constantly and publicly voicing disapproval, condemnation, lamentation, and disapprobation does not mean one is not affected by the miseries of the world.  It may mean a primal understanding of the chaotic state of life, or of its cyclical nature.  It may mean a certain amount of control over strictly emotional reflexes, in order to gain a better understanding of a situation and to plan out the necessary reactions.  It may mean a state of self preservation in the face of too much drama.

There is already too much drama going on, there is too much screaming at the top of lungs, beating of chests, pulling hair, screaming lungs out, crying a river,  taking vows of revenge, making blanket statements of hate and despair, or even gathering followers based on raw emotion.  If the calmer and more logical approach to the tragedies of this life is to be considered apathy, well then, consider me apathetic.

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