Youth and The “Independence”

By: Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Wed 25 May / May 2016. 08:42 PM
  • Mohammad Aburumman

Clearly the decision circles in Jordan have developed a new, important realisation of the “Battle” for religious, historical, and cultural “Symbols”, given current changes in the Arab World today.

Hence, this grand celebration of the Great Arab Revolt, and the recollection of its philosophy and values, what is tied to it of our culture, its banners, and its newspaper “Al Qibla”; reprinted and distributed with daily issues of Jordanian newspapers, where we find the 70th independence celebration reinforced, with the values of the revolt that carried its realisation.

In this respect, evidently, decision centres in Jordan seem to have a growing awareness of the “Youth” issue. And perhaps the messages communicated on the Great Arab Revolt, Independence, and religious, historical, and national symbolism, are primarily directed towards Jordanian youth.

Why?

Well, because Arab youth, generally speaking, stand target today for ISIS political and media propaganda, and ilk; with the collapse of the Arab Nation State, and rise of religious and sectarian militias, propagating speech that discourses Islam in a fanatical attire of sect, spreading these values and thoughts amid a regionally volatile set of determinants, that make way for the polarisation of a considerable portion of youths towards these organisations and down this particular alley of thought.

However, meanwhile, despite the concentrated nature of this media, political campaign, there seems to be a very important part missing, of the message that is required to get through to youth; there still is an existing current, with political and cultural presence; that doubts everything: the Great Arab Revolt, Independence, and other achievements attained by the State!

One the other hand, there is a sweeping current taking pride in what has been achieved and retained by Jordan over recent few decades, to the point that Jordan has become one of the most stable and rooted of Arab states, in spite of the economic crisis and the scarcity of resources, next to being the prime recipient of the regional crises percussion waves.

Why has a part of the story not gotten through? And why is there still a doubtful current? Why does the wider current rely primarily on emotion? What is missing in this battle for our symbols? And how can the youth be drawn into the ranks of the State’s deep, rooted discourse that would fortify them against extremism?

Such crucial questions prerequisite critical processing. However, one of the major factors easy to deal with today, is the absence of the objective, Jordanian storyline to the Kingdom’s success, and its day of celebration; one that would instil this day deep in national memory; in the educational curriculums, universities, arts, culture, and literature.

This vision, the storyline —in a non-literary sense, but more comprehensively; is political, literal, communicative, and cultural, and is the most possibly able to penetrate and settle deep into the minds and spirits of our youths, should it base on an intelligent, aware philosophy, historical, objective, realistic facts entailed.

What happened on the Day of Independence? How come the British finally acknowledged Jordan as a Kingdom? What are the national and political discourses of struggle undergone to attain Jordan’s geo-political position, amidst Israeli demands to incorporate Jordan into Palestine, and British acceptance of these demands?

How did Jordan rise since the Great Arab revolt, to an Emirate, then a State? And how was this homeland built centring all this scepticism in the atmosphere, internationally and regionally, to the point of sustenance? How was it on the Day of Independence?

These stories need to be realised by and taught to Jordanians in schools and universities. Not as a hollow historical sequence of events! There already is an excess of books, information, dates, and incidents! What is requires is the formulation of a retroscopic vision that simplifies the philosophy that is necessary for the new youth to understand; at risk of desperation, frustration, unemployment, poverty, religious extremism, and moral disintegration.

The battle of youth, symbolism, history, and culture today, could be the most important one; the heart of the matter is not just that there is poverty or unemployment, or crises here and there, but that there should be an alternative deeply rooted national project, carrying stronger Islamic values, and instilled historical symbolism.

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