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Thursday , February 9 2023

Who will lead road to light?

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It seems we are going through a period of religious parties. They are taking advantage of government silence which translated as acceptance of their moves, and thus they have tried to take advantage of the situation and achieve maximum political and financial gains at the expense of the nation’s freedoms, freedom of expression and women’s rights in particular and society as a whole.

The best evidence of this is their blatant intervention with the relevant government parties to stop any creativity, artwork, or even a word or tweet while their media activity, which covered Kuwait as a whole, made it appear as the religious capital of the Gulf States and for religious political activity.

We also see a government silence about its usual Ramadan obsession with collecting funds in various ways followed by accounting and letters of protest by the ministry of social affairs after the birds, with religious claws, have flown with the huge money they have collected.

It also seems clear that all the Gulf states, along with Egypt and other countries, decided, by silent agreement, to throw all the “burdens and nonsense of political and religious beliefs on the shoulders of Kuwait to be the capital of this activity after it was the capital of enlightenment in the Gulf.

This is what has already saddened many, and made them bemoan the old days when Kuwait was a single gem shining on the horizon of the region, and in a short period of time it transformed into a sad entity – the homeland that once was beautiful but the forces of darkness trampled its beauty, innocence and unique creativity.

In order to return to its previous era, Kuwait needs someone who can carry the torch of enlightenment, and free the nation from the yoke of medieval fatwas and put it back on the path of progress, away from the control of the corrupt religious parties.

The Enlightenment is a set of ideas that focus on the supremacy of reason and evidence over the senses as a primary source of knowledge, and on ideals such as freedom, sophistication, tolerance, fraternity, constitutional government, and the separation of the religious institution or church from the state.

The basic principles of the Enlightenment include individual freedom and religious tolerance, as opposed to the prevailing absolute monarchy and fixed ecclesiastical religious dogmas.

The Enlightenment was also distinguished by its emphasis on the scientific method and reductionism, as well as an emphasis on skepticism. The philosopher Kant played a prominent role, as he described enlightenment as “man’s exit from the stage of mental deficiency and reaching the age of maturity.

He also defined mental deficiency as dependency on others and the inability to think personally or to conduct life or to make any decision without consulting one who appointed himself as our guardian, from which came his cry, “Make your minds work, and have the courage to use them. Do not be dependent and do not give in to laziness. Kant also warned against blind obedience to religious leaders or clerics.

The Enlightenment era also contributed to scientific discoveries and bringing modernity to politics, presented new definitions of democracy and its institutions, and laid the foundations of European liberal thought, such as the right of the individual, the natural equality of all human beings, etc., and for everyone to live free in a civil society in which everyone has the right to life, freedom and property, which today seem to be taken for granted in most countries of the world which were rare and unknown to them.

Slavery, which was practiced by all peoples without exception, became forbidden and immoral.

email: a.alsarraf@alqabas.com.kw

By Ahmad alsarraf