To Argue Logically or with Heart

This book, “To Argue Logically or with Heart- Mind and Belief” written by Dr. Saida Seddik, is considered an Intellectual contribution which shows the capability to expose modern issues and give the solutions to solve them. The author was able to resemble the everlasting conflict between logic and belief or mind and heart. Ever since the dawn of creation, this conflict occurred and will continue to occur till the last day of life. However, this book is an effective way to put the mind and belief in an open dialogue by implanting a new system of thinking and approaching modern issues of capitalism and imperialism. In addition to new ideas, this book has summed up about the conflict modern style of life is going through. It states that the conflict is embodied here as a conflict between two systems which are the imperialism and communism, the industrial and knowledge, modern and traditional, secular and spiritual, this conflict between two systems would lead in a better situation if people take the responsibility to act.

The effectiveness of the people position is primordial to make the real change, their capacity to fight back, their instinct to fight their weakness impose by strong and powerful corporations, and tyrannical governments which modeled system that benefit the elite without offering justice to worker class that keeps the economy on. This injustice affect society, decrease the capability of purchase, and cause violence.

The author discusses the imperialism system in all its levels: social, economic, political, environmental, and in technology. Her conception is based on philosophical, social, and futurist studies, she offers a specific approach from a new point of view. Therefore, this book is not a copy of what has been written before, but it is an attempt to foresee the future by introducing new ideas in a logical way using different methods to reveal the hidden truth.

This book is so important for many reasons. Firstly, it attempts to interpret the rapid changes that happened to the world in the economic, social and political aspects from the middle of the twentieth century to the twenty-first century. Secondly, it uncovers the ugly face of imperialism and neo-colonialism which try to survive the critical economic, political and ideological collapse by the military invasion of the Third World, especially the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The book explains that the true and main reason for this invasion is exploiting the natural resources of those areas. Thirdly, the book is a call for all human beings to come together despite all the differences in order to establish a new social system based on justice to all mankind in every known aspect, and thus, achieve love, mutual respect and peaceful coexistence.

This book is divided into three chapters: Human Rights and Modernity, Imperialism Facing Impasse and Imperialism and the Future. The three chapters are connected together in a natural and logical way that flows smoothly from one topic to another in order to achieve the best understanding of what really is going on secretly under the table.

The first chapter, Human Rights and Modernity, exposes the fake modernity and the universal declaration of human rights. How come declaring the human rights happens in the same time when genocides happen?! No wise human being would fail to understand that the so-called “human rights” was a western product to secure the welfare of western citizens at the expense of the welfare of non-western citizens. It is best described as thirty dead articles that will remain unachieved in the underdeveloped countries. Then, it shifts to talk about equality and whether or not it leads to justice. As a result, it discusses the compassion of Islam and the flexibility of the Islamic Law in serving the actual human rights. Finally, it discusses the two elements of modernity: rationalization and globalization and how they affect and are affected by Islam. Will the conflict between the secular and spiritual systems be solved by the unity between Islam and modernity, “modernizing Islam”? Or would this unity remain an unreachable dream?

The second chapter, Imperialism Facing Impasse, introduces a chronological series of events. This series starts from imperialism that divided the world into two poles: developed countries and underdeveloped countries. The developed, the ruler, controls the underdeveloped, the slave. Consequently, the capitalism, which depends on the raw materials and markets provided by the Third World to the industrial countries, appeared after defeating the socialism in the cold war. This resulted in a new world order of neo-liberal capitalism or neo-liberalism. This so-called new world order caused the absolute oppression, exploitation and slavery of the Third World which eventually suffered from systematic racism and environmental disasters such as dirty water, climate change and lack of natural resources.

The third chapter, Imperialism and the Future, tracks the three major waves of history: agriculture, industry and knowledge, the fuel of technology. As a result, it shifts to discuss technology as a two-edged weapon that has both benefits and side effects. Then, it moves to talk about how technology enabled the West to create the so-called “ISIS” in order to facilitate the U.S intervention in the Middle East and North Africa. It also discusses the illegal western invasion on the places where their own experiment, ISIS, is found after the latter rebelled and established its own state. Finally, it explains how the imperial powers control the minds of the Third World’s governments and its people.

In conclusion, the book states that the conflict between logic and faith continues in order to understand the causes and effects of natural phenomena and historical events. It also states that the solution to all this chaos is people awakening and its fight back against the systematic racism, economic exploitation and imperialism so that he can achieve justice of all kind.

Saida Seddik

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