Part of the headache of 2020 - may it never return - was the phrase in the title of this Take. I know that we're ideologically confused today, and there is no offence whatsoever here to any group of people including all those involved in the subject.
I will try to brief on that, from my perspective in four points. Feel free to scan reading and shower me with insults and trolling, anyway.
Humans beings tend to embrace the idea of absolute truth. Absolute truth is an idea that is not subject to questioning.
Basically any form of inherited knowledge with the greeks and the Egyptians was taken this way. You can add to it, and pass it to generations, but don't touch or change.
The revolution began when muslim hands reached Alexandria library in the second millennium [it was the juice of human thought] . Islam was a young philosophical belief at the time. So Sir Alhassan Ibn Alhaitham started to notice that his colleagues are treating the natural science heritage in the same tradition "take it or leave it", the same way Muslims are supposed to treat prophets and faith. No evidence, no verification, no questioning.
So he started talking about this, which eventually established the scientific method. This new philosophical belief of Islam, actually resulted in the separation between natural sciences and philosophy in greek literature. From the perspective of that scientific community, there was nothing, NOTHING in religious heritage that needs questioning or debate.
The great discourse
Well, the problem is that the Islamic empire let's call it, used to sponsor thinkers regardless, this new trend didn't go far. For knowledge remained merged for most, and we have religious scholars, and earning living isn't exclusive to anyone. Here begins the competition, here begins the book "whispers of philosophers", and all the game. And if you notice now in Islamic heritage there is a big FUSS, a lot of BRAINSTORMING on how to fart, how to pray, how to eat, how to have sex, how to fight wars. They got it into economics, politics, military, everything!
The expiry of Imperialist Islam
And this was just a form of corruption, they divided it up to many sects and until the cash flow stopped. The mangols invaded the empire collapsed, the business was closed! they said you take this as it is, ABSOLUTE TRUTH, no touch!
Until Muslims now are lost, they don't know "what is what?? "
Example, for every single Muslim it is solid that "Music is FORBIDDEN", they can't deny that or challenge scholars, they are not able to act on it either 🙄
Because in history, doctrines, philosophies, truth is NOT verifiable, you'll get lost, words cancel each other. But natural science there is a method of test, there is verification that is not subject to our flows of perception.
And I think President Macron has a point to put it this way. A non Muslim comes and takes something from Islamic heritage labels it as a morally wrong idea and mocks it. A muslim in the other hand can not disagree, well if they did then they can respond in the same way, the law guarantees free expression. But no! neither are they able to kick this idea out of Islam's heritage.... He/she gets angry, so they resort to violence.
And this is what an intellectual crisis means, it is not an insult! It is an advice. And I think it is a call for a large part of the world to have enough humility for self correction. Outside of all the nonsense of the right and left wing, especially the left who encourage Muslims not to reflect and take intellectual criticism as racial attack.
How can we reform?
I think that what is happening in KSA and UAE is very much useless. To enforce fake reforms by authority in order to satisfy your economic partners in a globalized world.
Authority is what fucked things up in the first place, unless there is a real intent for self correction, the only way to use authority for reforms is by letting truth defend itself. You can bring anyone who can represent this lost assassinated heritage to debate this dominant dead outdated one, and this can happen publicly. So that the public can decide what to teach their kids without fear and influence!
May they rest in peace. And notice that the mangols, searched all the books only threw their books in the river. How did the other ones survive? Only God knows, I don't wanna know.
thanks for reading 🌷