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Corrupting Democracy

I suppose, there is a reason for every thing, or, as some might say … it is written, and I am beginning to think there might be some truth to this. So, only recently I came upon this website, and it didn’t take me long to jump head on, and began perusing some of the letters and the barrage of belligerent attacks, that many of those letters contained. Some may find it amusing… indeed it is, however, I remain baffled by the incongruous discourse that we read in many of these letters. I also find them inciting spasms of violence and fermenting the tension. To those I say… democracy by definition is pure… But, the participants in the democratic process can at times corrupt the purity of democracy.

One can’t help but to ask, where did all these people, obtain the educational “eloquence” or lack of thereof, that is so very evident between the lines..! Is it appropriate..!, or necessary, to use such crude language and degrading comments, as a retaliatory weapon against those whom you disagree with…and those whom you think, are less committed…! or, is this a sign of mature leadership when one interjects family and loved ones in a political or ideological feuding..! Does it give anyone high sense of empowerment..! It is perhaps, a sign of a sub human behavior to have become so immersed in the art of back biting and blood letting of others …and what is so sad…very sad, is that all what has been said, and is being written, is being offered under the banner of “Islam” or “ Sharaf “ or, for the sake of al (WATAN ) I believe that some, may have in fact, already lost their moral compass, or, may not have had any moral values to begin with…

I feel compelled, to revisit this subject, for the only reason in doing so, is to bring about some sense of decency, and self respect, and self restraint form the use of profanity, when offering a rebuttal, or counter- point to others point of view, after all… freedom of speech, does not give one a license, to outright personal attacks, on your adversaries and family members. The advancement of new approaches, to any conflicting ideas will ultimately, open new roads to resolving conflicts. If this process is being nurtured, then, we have truly arrived to a much higher levels of democracy, but.. If we continue reading what I call (Rubbish) then, we haven’t yet left the old harbor in “Smother Land”

It is great that we disagree, because we refuse to be led like a flock of goats, we must not be expected to walk in lockstep with one-another, and it is very normal for one, to choose another party or another group, and it is very healthy for one to rethink and question past affiliation and former commitments, it’s been done every day, in the halls of civil societies, with in the frame of civil discourse the world over, and it’s not a crime either.. We can peaceably debate, and advance our viewpoints, and attempt to persuade others to our side, but it would be much greater accomplishment if we dedicate ourselves to conflict resolution by peaceful means, for it is imperative that we afford some level of dignity and mutual respect to our adversaries, and we should expect none less.

What I fear the most is, that there are those who will say, and do anything…at any cost, in a futile attempt to convince us, that they are on the just path, raising their hands to the sky … offering their (Shurafaa) ancestry, as proof positive, to their dubious intentions, but they fell short, of telling us, how Shurafaa they really are, better yet, it is best to let others attest to your” Sharf “, rather than you telling us, how deeply your tribe is rooted in the Libyan soil.

One must think twice… about the believability of those who begin the subject by … Trust me.. or, Believe me…we only want you, to do what we think is best for you… never mind, what you think… and want,… that is totally irrelevant, as far as they are concerned. The idea of free choice, has not enter their clouded ways of thinking as of yet.. “Those are the ones who are living in the theater of the absurd”. One must always remember. It is an argues process, to attempt to detach those who are, so firmly attached, to their degenerated ways of thinking but it is doable, when engaging in sagacious diplomacy.

Abdulhamid Mustafa
hameda@comcast.net


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