By Dr. Abasher Elhaj
Consensus is a creative and dynamic way of reaching agreement which is fair for all members of society so that it can find solutions. These solutions have to ensure that all opinions are taken into consideration. “All Opinions” is the raft of consensus; however our society has been abnormal with no social classes- only tycoon or insolvent. The term ‘philanthropy’ is completely dashed-out from our social thesauruses, except for those whom God has particularized them with His grace. In so called society, consensus is admonished since benevolence is not solid enough. This suggests, what they hear about themselves is usually uncomplimentary.
Consenting constructive criticism does not realize a person’s status in their local societies. This feeling seduces him to sequester his society. He begins to think of his milieu as deformed, and feel free from paranoia and perplexity, such a person is a proponent of the doctrine of intelligent people-haters.
When probing others’ viewpoints analytically, we disclose that “Public Opinion” is the worst. According to Nicolas Chamfort, the tremendous drawback in public opinion lies in the public who refrain from opining their thoughts clearly and logically; they, instead, prefer to lean against the fence of intuition, sentiment, and customs. That is to say, one has to be sure that adopting common viewpoint will definitely make him gullible and naïve. Moreover, compliment and panegyric are the flesh and bones of over-rusticity, bias, and perfunctory logic. That is why customs and traditions are ridiculous rituals creep everywhere without any reasoning or substantiation- nothing said against them. But only “these are our traditions”. What a debacle for the polished!
Although it is painful to admit that public opinion is sterile, it lessens worry about social status which makes one appreciate and accept willingly the others in two angles: social and psychological; in the former, being introvert causes physical hardships, yet at the center of being introverted you have the answer; you know who you are and know what you want ; in the latter, it is impossible to maintain your confidence at the same level, the others boost it for you from time to time, for even some of the prophet Mohamed’s companions’ confidence shocked when they heard his death. Here, the philosophical tools do their best to examine the detachment of the others towards you, and you also have to ask yourself: Do these opinions deserve to hark to? They might lead you to enamor and be smitten with people you do not respect. Thus, you pay them off esteem that they do not fall due.
To stand out from the crowd, appreciating others, without evaluating their true characters, will never uphold your inner actions. Usually, these characters are pseudo and full of weeds, the weeds are the kitsch art they introduce to the audience. Unfortunately, a number of tacky vocalists and poetasters have been social icons and standards of society upon which fans are classified.
The squeeze hides when the public are beatific, they tend to be lazy and gullible; therefore, they consider these singers as standpoints for society. So, should we adopt the views of these sterile viewpoints when they appear in a TV show, or write a column in a tabloid, for example? The disaster is when they believe themselves that they are social figures the society cannot step an inch without their consultation, this over-confidence is due to self-aggrandizing attained by compliment and hypocrisy. In fact they reveal their little cognition when they address their fans.
In sum, it seems there is no refuge, either to live in total solitude, or indulge in absurd world. It is your choice to think in solitude and being out of sight to gain your peace of mind, or letting your thinking to be done in turmoil.