Amina Sadr (Canada)
In our minds, the word “media” is associated with beams of light emanating from the blue screens, neatly dressed anchors, borderline hypnotizing graphics, loud headlines to accompany and direct us while we sail through the ocean of information carefully selected for us by the world’s most trusted and reputable agencies. By “trusted” here I refer to an outdated meaning of the term, where “trust” implies following, obedience and loyalty to the organized elite. These were the elements of yesterday’s media.
However, today, a new kind of media has emerged and a new, revolutionary dimension of trust made known to the masses: trust in human intellect, reason, innate sense of justice, power and ability to navigate towards the truth through the massive propaganda. Thus, for anyone who is willing to engage in an honest and free dialogue there is no better choice than the second type of platform. This, perhaps, is one of the reasons why the Leader of Muslims, Supreme Leader of Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khamenei chose social media as a pathway to deliver his letter to the youth of the West. That is, before one even looks into the content of the message itself, he should be able to see “I have faith in you” written on the envelope.
He further emphasizes this point by explaining why it is that he chose to address Western youth:
“Neither Western politicians who have purposefully perpetrated lies to manipulate the masses, nor the older generation which have submitted to this manipulation, helping corruption spread and cause more damage, deserve the same amount of trust as youth, as “quest for truth to be more alive and conscious in their hearts.”
Having declared his sympathy towards the reader, Ayatollah Khamenei goes straight to the subject of conversation: he discusses the massive defamation campaign against Islam. After giving a hint, a slight glimpse at some of the motives behind such a movement, he, once again, raises both of his hands in an open gesture and leaves it to the reader himself to research and question the rest of details. This is another instance of showing trust: surely, he knows and could give a detailed, comprehensive answer to each question asked. But he trusts the ability of young hearts to see the manifest truth and the strength of their commitment to honesty and justice.
Then, he spreads the books open and asks young people to research Islam themselves, through it’s original sources. Meaning, we have nothing to hide and are open and ready for the most scrupulous examination. This, once again is a display of openness and trust. To put it figuratively, we welcome you to come and examine every corner of our house, anytime.
And finally, he declares his trust in will and determination of the youth, as only with presence of will and effort one can resist “creation of emotional gulf” between the nations, “construct proverbial bridges of fair thought”, or break through the intellectual siege and fortresses. The reward of such effort is a better future for all.
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