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Common sense

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Khairi Janbek is a former private adviser to HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal. (File photo: Jordan News)
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I borrowed the title from the works of Thomas Paine, English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary, who said: “Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.”اضافة اعلان

Most people are endowed with common sense; some just do not use it, accepting that things are right just because others declared them so.

I am neither pointing fingers nor referring to any specific situation, just mulling over the benefit of common sense, if any, to a political system, which can only be consolidated if individuals are made to feel that they have a stake in it.

No state with vague principles and regarded as corrupt in practice can hope to retain the allegiance of those who do not share the benefits of this perceived corruption.
The world is not ruled by reason but by passion, and when a person is desperate, he/she is ready to smash everything in the vague hope that a better world may arise out of the old.
Economic problems and political radicalism often go hand in hand.  When economic distress reaches a certain point, the citizen no longer uses his/her political judgment to serve the public good, but rather to help himself/herself. 

The ideal of political freedom pales before the ideal of economic equality. Once the feeling of inequality has entered the hearts of the majority, a system is at best crippled and at worst doomed to failure. 

It is useless, after that, to tell embittered people that their political leaders are not responsible for their plight, and equally useless to warn them that a revolt with its attendant disorders would not improve their lot, rather, hopelessly compromise it.

The world is not ruled by reason but by passion, and when a person is desperate, he/she is ready to smash everything in the vague hope that a better world may arise out of the old.

I am talking here about people who had a certain notion of what life is and what their roles in life should be, only to realize that their situation is in total contrast with the ideal. Often they are people who have been pushed aside and marginalized.  Should they continue to be neglected, and left needy?

It is common sense that anyone who helps people out of their depression and lifts their spirit, even if only for a short time, will win them over.


The writer is a former private adviser to HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal.


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