Anx­i­ety and shar­ing op­ti­mism

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Khalid Al-Tar­rah

The habit of anx­i­ety pre­vailed among the pop­u­lar cir­cles as a whole and the po­lit­i­cal ones in par­tic­u­lar. The past few years have been full of re­gres­sion at var­i­ous lev­els of the state. Mean­while, the gov­ern­ment shares with us this anx­i­ety to­day. For ex­am­ple, this hap­pens when a min­is­ter or an en­tire gov­ern­ment shares with us ter­mi­nolo­gies that ex­press anx­i­ety, like the case with the fi­nance min­is­ter when he spoke to Ara­bian Busi­ness mag­a­zine. Af­ter he ex­pressed the anx­i­ety mes­sage trans­par­ently in love and care for his coun­try Kuwait, he must have got­ten him­self in a whirlpool of con­tin­u­ous work, and stayed up for nights in pre­par­ing the re­form doc­u­ment for the sake of Kuwait.

The anx­i­ety is no longer lim­ited to the pop­u­lar cir­cles or even the ex­perts of econ­omy and fi­nance. It has be­come a com­mon fac­tor that joins us as peo­ple with gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion mak­ers. This is a rare phe­nom­e­non in the world. It is dif­fi­cult to share worry and anx­i­ety in coun­tries, where anx­i­ety used to be lim­ited to the pub­lic only. While op­ti­mism shrouds the gov­ern­ment’s plans, its de­ci­sions and poli­cies reached a point where when­ever any­one crit­i­cizes the gov­ern­ment or ex­presses his wor­ries, the gov­ern­ment’s an­swer would be “be op­ti­mistic about the good and you will find it.” Mem­bers of the gov­ern­ment came from within the peo­ple even if were hand­picked se­lec­tively, or if there were pop­u­lar and po­lit­i­cal reser­va­tions to many of them. The gov­ern­ment is sup­posed to have a thor­ough and rich network of in­for­ma­tion.

Anx­i­ety is a source of psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­or­ders for both in­di­vid­u­als and so­ci­ety, not to men­tion that it is a source of dan­ger that may threaten the hu­man be­ing’s life if it spreads, con­trol­ling the in­di­vid­ual’s senses and mind, or cer­tain groups of those who suc­cumb to anx­i­ety and al­low it to get to them, con­trary to the con­di­tion of the gov­ern­ment’s min­is­ters. If there is some blame to­wards the gov­ern­ment, it is very sim­ple, and it lies in the lack of shar­ing the gov­ern­ment’s op­ti­mism doses with the peo­ple, or ex­port­ing that op­ti­mism within the de­vel­op­ment plan as a main as­pect.

We hope the wise gov­ern­ment ex­ports op­ti­mism sim­i­lar to its plans to ex­port oil to the whole world, or print an aware­ness leaflet to be dis­trib­uted free of charge to cit­i­zens along with the monthly ra­tion that is sub­si­dized by the gov­ern­ment and in­cludes rice, sugar, oil and milk!

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