Cul­tural dis­cus­sion at Sheikh Jaber cen­ter

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

A group of in­tel­lec­tu­als dis­cussed on Tues­day the con­cept of cul­ture and its multi-faceted in­flu­ence in the globe and Arab world in gen­eral, and in Kuwait in par­tic­u­lar. The sem­i­nar, pre­sented by for­mer in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter Dr Saad Al-Ajmi and mod­er­ated by ex­in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Al-Sanousi, dis­cussed if cul­ture was a lux­ury or a mean to sur­vival.

Sanousi, in the sem­i­nar held at Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter, said gen­er­ally hu­man be­ings lost in­ter­est in cul­ture in gen­eral and read­ing, and in­stead be­came glued to the so­cial me­dia which he de­scribed as “a weapon with pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive im­pacts.” Ajmi said cul­ture has many lin­guis­tic ex­pla­na­tions which could dif­fer in be­hav­iors be­tween lit­er­ate and il­lit­er­ate per­sons. Cul­ture, he said, also meant the civ­i­liza­tion of a cer­tain com­mu­nity. Al­lah the Almighty cre­ated peo­ple with dif­fer­ent cul­tures and re­li­gions “so how can a per­son scrap cul­tural di­ver­sity, and fight for the spread of one cul­ture and ex­clud­ing oth­ers?” he won­dered.

“Cul­ture is a way of sur­vival and can­not be scrapped. We have to live with cul­tural di­ver­sity for the sake of sur­vival, thus it is not a lux­ury,” he said. Mem­bers of the au­di­ence called for re­spect of the cul­tural di­ver­sity and re­spect of the oth­ers. They said me­dia and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions have a vi­tal role to play to boost this be­lief. — KUNA

A view of the at­ten­dance at the dis­cus­sion.

KUWAIT: For­mer in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Al-Sanousi (right) speaks dur­ing the lec­ture as for­mer min­is­ter Dr Saad Al-Ajmi looks on. — KUNA

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