Eyes of dis­sat­is­fac­tion

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Saleh Al-Shayeji

Close an eye and open an­other - that is, close the eye of sat­is­fac­tion and open wide your eye of dis­sat­is­fac­tion. Close eyes that see the good and ac­ti­vate ones that only see fol­lies. Be­ing abroad at the time be­ing, I seem to be long­ing for Kuwait with all my feel­ings. I can­not get it off my mind be­cause it is ev­ery­thing I have in this life. My hopes are there. I have lived decades of my age in it. It is my home­land where I lived my child­hood, youth and old age. It has my home, fam­ily and grave.

I am say­ing this be­cause it re­ally hurts me to see ev­ery­body clos­ing their good eyes and only open­ing eyes of dis­sat­is­fac­tion that fail to see any beauty in it nowa­days. All speak­ers, ac­tivists and preach­ers talked about the neg­a­tive sides of Kuwait, es­pe­cially when many of them are strug­gling to win a par­lia­men­tary seat.

Ev­ery­body talked about ug­li­ness as if Kuwait is a very old ugly witch. Why on earth have they all closed their good eyes and only talk about fol­lies? The rea­son might be to please a ma­jor­ity of peo­ple who only like lis­ten­ing to such talk. Well, this does not mean that ev­ery­thing is rosy in my coun­try nor does it means that it is full of cul­tural venues, the­atres and con­cert halls in ev­ery co-op. How­ever, I am try­ing my best to cre­ate a sense of beauty and sat­is­fac­tion. We should fo­cus more on pos­i­tive as­pects of life as a means to limit the pres­ence of ug­li­ness.

My coun­try has a lot of ug­li­ness but still has far more beau­ties. I am not here call­ing to stop crit­i­ciz­ing or to cut­ting off fin­gers point­ing out faults. I am only ask­ing to give due praise when needed as well as crit­i­cize when needed. Talk­ing about beauty beau­ti­fies the speaker him­self and talk­ing about ug­li­ness only makes the speaker uglier. Take it easy on our coun­try. Stop see­ing things as crit­ics and open eyes of sat­is­fac­tion wider to ex­press your pa­tri­o­tism! — Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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