Emotionalism and rationalism in politics
Fadlullah: The ongoing international and regional
polarization that is already causing growing tensions and
conflicts is making our time run out. We have to sit down
quickly to formulate the Lebanon we want and not that the others
want, lest we are going to pay a great price of assassinating
the country in the aftermath of killing its leaders and symbols.
his weekly seminar the following question: How does Islam
view emotionalism in politics, and confronting it by rationalism
and careful studying?
The Religious Authority, Sayyed
Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said:
Islam has always praised the mind, and
gave it priority over the rest of God's creations, since it is the
organizer of man's movement in this life and in choosing the best road to
Conversely, emotionalism, that may
represent an opponent for the mind, has always been a threat to the life
of individuals and nations, since the stands it leads to are based upon
bad temper and anger, which might lead to the fall of an entire stage, or
a plan that has been studied and prepared for generations.
Imam Ali (a.s) said: "Temper is a kind of
madness, because it leads to one’s remorse, if it does not, then the
madness is deep rooted".
Perhaps one of the most dangerous kinds
of emotionalism is the so-called "political emotionalism”, whether in the
reactions to political opponents or in snapping decisive words when the
situation does not call for such statements. Another manifestation could
be to view certain developments or political phenomena from a certain
angle neglecting all other approaches, which will ultimately lead to
catastrophic and shocking results, especially on the political level.
Such a reading will reflect itself in a counterproductive way both on the
people and on the political developments in certain regions and perhaps
in the entire world.
In this context, several wars against the
Jews in the first phase of the confrontation with the Zionist project in
Palestine were not based on any plans. They relied on our historic
heroism without studying our potentials and capabilities and comparing
them with those of the enemy. Thus, we moved from one small defeat to a
bigger one, feeling sorry for refusing what we were offered in the
Thus, the international game was able to
make use of the sense of defeat in the general plan of weakening the
nation that aimed at reaching a final demise. But then the Resistance in
Lebanon was able to reciprocate this course by attacking the enemy's weak
points by our strong ones, and by resorting to a long-term policy of
political and military action.
Then some of our officials or political
leaders fell prey to emotionalism, only to find out, when it was too
late, that the American plan was seeking a way to instigate negative
reactions that would allow it to spread terror and destruction in our
region in the name of fighting terrorism.
Thus, it is emotionalism, as well as the
complicity of several responsible figures, which allowed the American
project to settle in the heart of the Arab and Islamic world, and placed
America on the political and military borders of many of our countries,
enabling it to present itself as a military political and even economic
controller to the pace of events in the regions, It also enabled its
president to talk in a messianic way about his mission in the region.
Therefore, I appeal to all Lebanese in
this difficult and critical stage to sit down and conduct a dialogue on
the future of Lebanon: Do they want it a free sovereign and independent
country, or do they want it a front where various regional and
international forces interact? Do they want Sectarian confessionalism to
determine their future or do they want the unifying state that excludes
nobody to make the critical decisions that determine their present and
The ongoing international and regional
polarization that is already causing growing tensions and conflicts is
making our time run out. We have to sit down quickly to formulate the
Lebanon we want and not that the others want, lest we are going to pay a
great price of assassinating the country in the aftermath of killing its
leaders and symbols.