Is it just me or is there some sort of battle going on these days in the Arab blogosphere? Maybe it’s the weather. I don’t mean to get involved in the shenanigans; not that I’m playing righteous here, this is merely an observation (a closet-rant to be more specific). Before you condemn me, just hear me out for a second.
The battle seems to be between the left and right. Each seems to think very poorly of the other. The right can be described as more Arab nationalist, religiously conservative, traditionalists, while the left may be described as liberal, secular, feminist, ‘westernized’, etc. These are only some of the adjectives masquerading as insults that each side has described the other.
The problem though is that even when these two camps differ in opinion they hate each other’s guts. And I mean hate. No one says ‘you know what, I disagree with you but I don’t hate you for your opinion’. Generally these two camps go at each other’s throats full throttle. There is actual disdain shared between them. In real life and on the Internet.
The right sees the left as atheistic in nature and breaking with tradition. Not only breaking with it, but practically spitting on it. The left sees the right as backwards: religious (and therefore backwards), and traditionalist (and therefore backwards). The left is a camp which launches attacks onto everything that defines Arabs (and/or Muslims) and the right is trying to take us back to the dark ages. Tug of war.
What I’ve noticed as being the “big thing” is that the right sees the left as westernized agents seeking to overthrow anything and in the process removing everything (even the good stuff). The left sees that the right as unwilling to change anything and therefore sticking with everything (even the bad stuff).
I could be wrong; these are mere observations of a meek Arab blogger trying to make sense of his world…or blogosphere.
I like moderation. The cool thing about traveling down the middle road is that you get attacked by both camps. Sort of like a portrait and how everyone has their own perception of what it means. The left will think I am too right leaning and the right will think I’m too left leaning. I don’t mind. Moderation is always the healthiest approach to any belief or ideology or worldview in my opinion.
Why can’t we all just get along?
Let’s face it, the left got here first, planted their flag and they kind of feel threatened that the right has just discovered blogging and are now flooding the airwaves.
But do I have to point out the obvious?
This is the Internet: the biggest forum of ideas in the universe. There is enough room for all of us. There’s enough virtual land to go around. So everyone should just leave the other alone. If you don’t like what they say, screw it. You don’t have to write a long post attacking them on your own blog. I know, I know, Naseem you’re being self-righteous and you don’t have to read it if you don’t like it (these are the comments I’m half-expecting). But I don’t like the whole reality TV fad either and it annoys me even when I don’t watch! It’s like static you can’t block out. A bad piece of art in your home that you don’t have to look at…but you know it’s there.
I’m not saying anyone’s to blame; I’m not saying who started what. I’m just trying to say: why can’t we all just get along?
Maybe I’m wrong about all of this; I can admit that. All opinions can be argued. But I’m just hoping that despite what each camp likes to believe (or day dream about) our world, and indeed our blogosphere, is not about one opinion. It is pluralistic, that is the reality. If it wasn’t we wouldn’t argue so much in real (or virtual) life. And whether you live in a plural society or plural blogosphere the key (in my opinion) is to respect the fact that there is more than one idea out there and it doesn’t necessarily need to attack another idea to survive.
Just an opinion folks…take it with some moderation…please?