Cultural discussion at Sheikh Jaber center
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