An Article By: Turki Royiea
Translated by: Nahid Khalifa
We care a lot about how people see us, how they evaluate us, their perception regarding us matters too much, to the extent that sometimes their opinions about us may be more important than what we think about ourselves.
We see things this way because we are used to this, this is how we were brought up, seeing ourselves not through our eyes but through the eyes of others. Therefore, in the process we find ourselves keen to watch and pay close attention to that image of us, perceived by these others, the image which worries us most of the time. Why do we bother? It is not to beautify ourselves in their eyes, but to acquire some self-assurance regarding our self-image that they see, by capturing their voices that describe us.
We are who we are because we are members of closed and small societies, no matter how broad or open they seem to be. A closed society reproduces the same style of its members in an automatic way. The stereotyping gets repeated frequently and systematically, because it does not accept the difference between its members or its generations at all. It is a system that generates a completely homogenous society, this is not perfection.
In this type of society, which is based on the absolute similarity among its members, the human being always and yet in – a continuous manner -falls directly under social and intellectual intimidation, which fights his tendency and desire to individuality and uniqueness.
This intimidation comes under different social and religious pretexts and formulations. Sometimes those forces are so strong that they leave a person unable to fight back nor change for the better. This is not lack of techniques or knowledge; it is because he is crippled by the opinion of others, their view of his work, and their assessment of his personality, in short …. Their judgment.
Creativity needs an individuality that is hard to find without creating a space of social freedom that is not given by small and closed societies. We are still crippled with the mentality, culture and ways of thinking thats’ of the small and closed society, no matter how different we claim we are.