Two factors are decisive to maintain the equilibrium in a person’s judgement capabilities, brain and heart, otherwise expressed as “Education and Emotions”. If they are used in harmony and adequately dosed, while confronting any given issue, our decisions will turn out closer to being precise and usefull. But if otherwise, when one of them overtakes the other, then the decision we’re making, or the side we’re choosing, will definitely result “Misjudged” and consequently would mislead our reasoning into undesired stands and inaccurate conclusions.
Children, for example, use more the emotions part for their judgement and problem solving. They follow the likes and dislikes of their parents in the early stages of their tender life and without giving that any preferential thoughts, because they are still in an experimental learning phase mainly through trial and error exercises. They hate or love a precise person for instance in conformity with their parents behavioural tendencies towards that particular individual. They would become fans for a certain club rather than another, following their father or grand father or even older brother’s choices, even not knowing the rules of such athletic discipline. And once into adolescence, they tend to “imitate” the grown-ups, like smoking or walking; and they will continue to do so until they develop their ability and capability to judge and choose on their own, that’s why they are always “restless, anxious and rebellious”.
Throughout all these apprehension phases comes the difficult and essential role of “Institutional Education”. Within the family, the clan or the tribe, an individual is grown and being educated to follow orders and be “conform” with the traditions without questioning or doubting; while at school the matter is different; and here is the real “crucible” (the melting pot) in which and by which a person’s character is forged and his personality is coined.
If the instruction institutions are lined up with the strategic needs of a free democratic government to form its society’s future leading class and provide for honest productive elements, then their pedagogic system will implement an “education project” focussing on the formation of “Creativity and Critic”, both of which would train the brain to “Evaluate, Chose and Decide”. Exactly what is needed to compliment, not to conflict with, the earlier family, friends, clan and community emotional training.
But if the strategic needs of a given nation is otherwise, as the case in “Civil or Military Dictatorships”, then the official pedagogy will lean towards teaching the elementary writing and reading skills, far away from “Comprehension”, and the entire system will limit its resources to producing “Ignorant Masses” knowing only what their “Masters” want them to know and nothing else; thus when the time will come for such individuals to take a stand or a decision, in most of the cases they will make use of what they trust more and know for certain, and that is the family teachings (the heart, the emotions). The outcome would result dramatically inconsistent and unreliable.
That is precisely the core of our social problems in our eastern societies. The cultural and educative baggage we are carrying, that we received in the deliberately deteriorated educational institutions, left us completely vulnerable and unprepared to make “Calculated Choices” or take “Educated Decisions” simply because we were not taught to do so. We were deprived from the “sense of critic” on purpose, and we were never allowed to prove and explore our human emotions, feelings or sentiments and that is why our relations are confused, not clearly identified and constantly shifting from “relative” and “moderate” to “absolute” and “extreme”: love, hate, trust, friendship, subordination, supervision, marriage and so on.
When the honourable Taha Hussein fought historic battles to found the “Free Education for All”, as a national strategic policy, he had in mind that “Educative Project” suitable for a modern sovereign democracy in compliance with the known “Free Democracies”. Unfortunately, few years after such a conquest, inadequate and incompetent small men came to rule, by whom their work was to demolish the project and establish what we had in the past six decades.
When the internet generation went to the streets to rebel against big issues like “Social Injustice”, “Oppression” and “Institutional Corruption”, that morning of January 25th 2011, after which their rebellion, gaining more energy through “extreme rage”, became a “pre-revolution” that set enormous pressure on the establishment forcing it to sacrifice its major symbols. That was a success. But it was an “Emotional” success lacking the “Educated” part of “planning, organizing, coordinating, assigning, delegating, executing, communicating, fund raising…etc”. Of course the result was what I previously synthesized, in an article posted in my blog on August 17th 2011, entitled “Where Is Our Nüremberg?”, in the following points:
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· The Revolutionary Movements are being systematically weakened and sub-divided into powerless fractions ideologically and numerically through misleading mass control techniques. Just have a look at the various labels tagging their web-sites to realize the gravity of the damage. (I refer you to my post last week).
· The Political Parties are being slowly driven towards frontal collisions over political crumbs, sectarian differences and ideological banners, thus shifting their aims from the main demand as claimed from day one by the people’s revolution which is simply: “the complete ‘Purification’ of the entire system in order to establish a whole new one structured to lead the way towards ‘Real’ Freedom and ‘Real’ Democracy”.
· The Reactionary Forces (The Counter Revolutionary Lobbies) quickly overcame the initial shockwave of February 11th and reorganized their ranks to open a multiple fronts for the counter attack by using their followers still working in media, in municipalities, in governorates, in security forces, in intelligence agencies, on private TV screens and sympathising networks like the Saudi AL ARABEYAH. We have to realize that they are using every mean they have to orchestrate the music according to their tunes.
· Foreign Intelligence Agencies operating in Egypt are not standing by watching the events, they are steering the wheel.
History’s teachings are the only lighthouse for those, like us, who are seeking salvation from the darkness of evil and the turbulent storms of life. Unless we would have our “Nüremberg”, the worse may yet be waiting round the corner on the next turn.
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However, after reaching the final station and have our “Free Democratic Sovereign Republic”, we must be well prepared and fully aware of what we will do with, and how we will protect, “Freedom” and “Democracy”.
Pass On The Word.