We live in a world of make-belief.
A world in which many things have ceased to make any sense even to the rational mind.
A world in which nothing any longer adds up as it used to.
A world in which right has become wrong and the wrong has become right.
Yet, come to think of it, it does make sense.
Isn't that supposed to be the natural result of ignorance?
Isn't that and much more is meant to happen when one man holds in his hands the vastest amount of ignorance and power?
St. Augustine once said: "Ignorance itself is without a doubt a sin for those who do not wish to understand; for those who, however, cannot understand, it is the punishment of sin."
Today, we are in the presence of one who has managed to combine the two in one personality: he cannot understand and does not wish to understand. Is this the greatest sin of all or the greatest punishment of sin?
"Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens" said Lord William Beveridge.
If that is so can the "Lord" please explain it more plainly to those who cheer and applaud the 'ignorant one'.
All is not lost, however.
Last weekend, while I was backpacking in outback Australia in one of the country's densest bushes, it struck me. Not every 'bush' is ignorant as the Bush we have.
By George, was I relieved!
I said to myself: The sin that is 'Bush' cannot possibly outdistance the virtues of the 'bushes' around us.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, after all.
Hopefully, it is not far away.
For our sake.
For future's sake.
The Sin of Ignorance!
- Adel Beshara