On Antun Sa’adeh
Trans. By Adel Beshara
Sa’adeh’s painstaking philosophic life is the key to his fundamental and concrete reality and distinction from all those who worked in politics and social life. For whereas Syrian politicians tended, on the whole, to place politics ahead of national salvation, resorting to ambiguous principles to avoid the need to deal with the actual ills of the people and addressing the [masses] with vague expressions that satisfy immediate desires but neither elevate the people nor organize its thoughts and orientations, Sa’adeh took the opposite direction and, with confidence and trust in his reality, aspired for clarity and planning.
Moreover, while proponents of reform tried in vain to extinguish all forms of solidarity, as if such action would suffice to create a dynamic collective will, Sa’adeh, on the other hand, strove to produce a solidarity that encapsulates the collective personality and interests of the nation.
In a nutshell, we are looking down on a social renaissance that is a splendid manifestation of human creation at its highest level. The bases of this creation are grounded in Sa’adeh’s enlightening philosophic life.
Suria al-Jadidah, 16 November 1939