It does disturb me all the news and activities that are lead by the Jordanian Left party against the Jordan Summer Festival. Their base point of objection is on the French multinational advertising and communications company Publicis who are organizing the event and who happened to be the organizer of the Israeli celebrations for their 60 years independance.
The truth is that even after more than 15 years old of a peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, the Israeli issue is still a very sensitive matter to the Jordanian people in particular and to the Arabic people at large. I would recommend more governmental advertisment aka the ones of Jordan first to help getting more acceptance and backing for the peace treaty, but that is all a different matter. The matter here is that the Jordanian Left party is using this sensitive issue in order to fail the Jordanian Summer Festival.
While our sub-democtaric system allows such social political movements, and I personally do respect freedom of speech and people’s right to stand for what they believe in, I find it sad to watch some democratic means help in not only damaging the image of Jordan but also the economical benefits that the government has been relying on out of this festival. It is one thing to object on a certain policy and to ask for a change, and another thing to call for a boycott and failure of a major event that had a lot of money spent on and a lot of hope and expectations were built upon.
So how much awarnace do people have of Publicis as a company? Does the Left Party know the amount of years this company has been serving the local Jordanian market? and we have any official statistics of their market share? I personally remember several awards they boasted in the newspaper last year after the Jordanian Ad Awards summit.
And are we start boycotting any multi/inter national company that deals with Israel? If yes, we would better off start with shutting down the computer we are working on! That would be more damaging to our economy, isn’t it? and would just raise our sense of patriotism and make us feel of how good of arabas and citizens we are!
People, object as much as you like, but please, please, please, try to build instead of destroy. Suggest alternatives, pressure to get what you believe is right, but don’t, don’t destroy any attempt that can possibly bring us more money under this difficult economic situation.
During the world economic forum at Davos, winner of the Nobel Prize for
Peace, Shimon Peres, told the following story.
A rabbi gathered his students and asked them: How do we know the exact
moment when night ends and day begins?
‘When it is light enough to tell a sheep from a dog’ said one
Another student said: ‘No, when it is light enough to tell an olive tree
from a fig tree’
‘No, that is not a good definition either’.’
‘Well, what’s the right answer?’ asked the boys.
And the Rabbi said:
‘When a stranger approaches, and we think he is our brother, and all
conflict disappear, that is the moment when night ends and day begins.’
I quote the above from Paulo Coelho‘s book, ‘Like a flowing River’, and I ask myself how long would it take for the day to begin? When are we going to see the humanity in both the strangers and brother?
Would it be ‘betrayal’ highlighting the words of a leader of a nation that we call enemy? or is it wise to start looking into their human side and connect with it so that to elevate both of us to the nature of humanity in us that is longing for a normal life of love and peace?
“God doesn’t take that much trouble over the formation of a man who…”
That is a beautiful line, isn’t it? The second part continues within the context of the story in ‘The Pillars of the Earth‘ to explain how the guy with all that history of pain and education was meant to be a kind of preparation from God for him to take over a noble cause.
Regardless of my own belief, it does strike me the amount of truth this sentence hold in it. It does really take a good amount of formation for a man to shine. It is most probable for a man wiath much education, some travelling, and deep contact with humanly emotions to excel in life. Whether it is randomness that dictates someone to go through his path of enlightmenet, or it is a deity’s pre-set destiny,the outcome is the same. Randomness sounds like an unacceptable explanation, and I have minimum faith for the existance of a super natuaral deity.
The bottom line is that it is simply how nature goes. It goes beyond logic to have all the trouble of formation of someone who will end up being idle while he carries a lot of potential on his shoulders. For you, me, and others, just look at the events of your past and how much trouble it took in order to be in the state you are in today. It might be that your current position doesn’t reflect your true potential, and most probably something much better is hiding for you.
God doesn’t take much trouble over the formation of a man who won’t fullfil his role. It does make so much sense.
Isn’t it time to have some officials in our ministry of health who really know something about health and related scientific methods?
And then read this scientific opinion of a Dr. on 7iber: http://www.7iber.com/blog/2008/06/22/homosexuality-and-the-medical-opinion/
then stop and wonder of how safe are we with such professionals running our health ministry!
No wonder I was afraid to catch an infection when I had to take the health test for my ice cream shop at one of the ministry departments!