Western articles, I mean foreign articles, whether European or American, daily or weekly, that deal with the topics of human life that are lived daily; Whether it is social or educational, it is, on the whole, much more than political and even economic issues.
Her topics and the interests of her writers are completely different from the interests of the authors of our weekly topics, or the topics of the columns of our Arabic newspapers and magazines in general and the Libyan magazines in particular. Who remembers reading about the importance of pets, or flowers, in our homes over the past year? Or how the ideal relationship between a man and his wife should be, or what the eve conversations contribute to the intimacy between members of the same family, or the importance of relaxing trips to the sea or to reap the rewards in time!
Such topics can be completely missing in our daily, weekly or even quarterly press. Nothing but serious topics that do not lead to joy or smiles, topics that are often hostile to humor and fun. Its seriousness reaches the point of sadness and crying, not to mention the (gray) and (rejection) that its reading creates.
Let us not wander too far, we just need to flip through the title of the articles by opinion writers in any Libyan or Arabic newspaper or portal, and you will realize what I mean.
Let me remind you (Al-Mukhtar), the first edition of which was published, the American Readers Digest, in February 1922, and its Arabic translation was published in Cairo in September 1943, and has now been translated into more than 70 languages .
I’ve been a semi-regular follower of this magazine since I knew it in the mid sixties of the last century. I may be absent from it for a while, but I will not leave it if I get it. Now it is regularly published through electronic publication in English, but I do not know if it now has translations in other languages. In my estimation, the secret of the success of this international magazine is the nature of its topics.
Two or three nights ago I fell asleep, and I found myself in front of the shelves of my library. Old issues of Al-Hilal magazine met me, and among them I found a number of Al-Mukhtar, dating back to September 1982, which I picked up in the index of his topics, an article entitled: 5 Proofs or Falling in Love, the author who describes He himself is an expert in matters of married life, that he the strength of the relationship and the goodness of the companion for his companion, and of course he means the husband and wife with a simple test to measure the strength of this ratio. This is summarized in five pieces of evidence:
1- Freedom is a right for both parties to establish special friendships free from impurities, based on the words of Lebanese thinker Gibran Khalil Gibran: “Each party leaves spaces for the other to form with others in their common life! “
2- Self-denial, as if the husband comes to his wife and says to her: “I will take the two children to a place, and she can fix and decorate herself, and join them in a place she prefers to be with to share them. the pleasure of drinks or sandwiches! ” Or for his wife to ask him if it suits him to join her in a park near his work, as she longed to spend time with him away from the limitations and duties of home!
3- To apologize for a certain behavior or expression that upset one of them.
4- Love and sympathy for all the requirements of married life!
5- Their income and agree to spend it in a way that pleases both parties. Have we read such a topic in our daily press, weekly or monthly magazine?
As for the second topic in the issue of the same magazine, it tells us about the story of the cartoon kid (Heidi), whose drawings have been read and viewed all over the world, and how the town of the author of the story of this childish character has become a sanctuary for the nationalities of the whole world. To this day, millions of Japanese who follow the Heidi cartoon series flock to Switzerland annually and go directly to a village near Zurich to see the place and atmosphere portrayed by the author. of the story (Heidi).
Goat milk and mountain air, as portrayed by this curly-haired girl’s character, bring happiness wherever she goes. It did not occur to the author (Johanna Sperry) that people from different nationalities of the world would flock to see the place where Heidi lived with her grandfather and shepherd Peter, and when the series was shown in Europe in 1976, people started buying. her stories, dolls and T-shirts adorned with photos of Heidi, equivalent to the heights of the Alps mountains.
I remember another topic I read about a businesswoman, life treated her kindly and she succeeded in her job, and she always felt she was falling short in some behavior, and when she joined ‘ a friend close to her who was working with her complained about that feeling he suggested she pray to God, and because she did not know how to pray, he simplified the matter for her and told her to pray early in the morning. sit and reflect from her window the dawn, the beginning of life with the chirping. of birds and the calm breeze.
She says she continued all her life with that hour in the morning when she turned to God and thanked Him for His generosity and grace. Will I tell you that I experienced such a case when opportunities in my early awakening on the shore of a sea, that is, a sea, came to me! Satisfaction and gratitude to the Creator of the sea, his air and his breeze filled me with the boundary of happiness and happiness! Is there a connection between joy and the columns and topics of dailies?