By Sameh Selim: Culture of the past and culture of the present

Mr. Sameh Selim

Culture of the past and culture of the present

Written by journalist Sameh Selim

member of USPA

I am always amazed by societal dialogues between the refined culture of the past and the demagogic, irresponsible culture of the present, which draws comparisons on the air in contradictory or inverse conversations between those who want to turn back the clock and bring back the culture of the past or the beautiful time because they believe in this culture and want to apply it, and those who want to live in a culture—the bitter present with its evening.

In light of the clash of cultures between the beautiful past and the bitter present, a centrist culture emerged that combined both Eastern and Western in a strange harmony governed by the rule of law and the heavy hand of the state in implementing the law. I will not mention the names of specific countries or cultures, but the decisive factor in these matters and developments is the state and its ability to implement the law and its application to the Constitution in the section on rights and freedoms. If the state is strong in implementing the law, it will not see negative phenomena in the societies of the bitter present. And if the state is weak and negligent, whether this failure is due to conviction, weakness, poverty, or ignorance, the bitter present will appear clearly.

Among the bitterness of the painful present, for example, is interference in the affairs of others and their privacy, such as clothing, food, responsible personal freedom, and asking about privacy that should not be interfered with at all. This does not exist in civilized societies or the beautiful times that our societies lived in in the past. Personal freedom is sacred in Western societies and protected by the Constitution and the law as it was. Our societies are in the beautiful past.

My advice to everyone who conducts dialogues on this matter in the field of media is that you will not be able to change the culture of society to a beautiful time except by implementing the law first, eliminating ignorance, poverty, and disease, and changing educational curricula second because these things are the hidden engine of what is happening in the bitter present.

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