Over the past few years I've read a particular Syrian blog which espouses a philosophy of some sort, "Hayawic Logic". I don't really know if anybody else reads it, but it is absolutely thrilling. There is absolutely nothing on it which is coherent or has anything related to philosophy. Like many Syrian blogs that try to discuss politics, philosophy or current affairs in English, it is a manifestation of the utter nonsense which some Syrians consider "intellectual". It is tragic to say this but there are no original Syrian thinkers I can think of today, only cheap imitations and sychophants.
A while back I had a confused exchange with its owner about Platonic forms. I don't normally do this, but the latest post amused me to no end. It is a quote from the comments section of Syria Comment and it is labelled " 'Hayawic Logic' theory is simply excellent, reference for almost everything political and religious." Wow, I can't remember I heard of any theory being referred to as 'excellent' in philosophy simply because it has a reference for almost anything political and religious.
The quote goes on, Dr Raiek al Nakari is "the only Syrian philosopher who has his own school of philosophy registered with the West". Yes, because the last time I checked philosophy schools need to be registered, and in the West no less. I mean, do they give him a certificate for that to hang on the wall? Besides, has anybody actually ever heard of this Dr al Nakari? And is there one person on God's green earth who could nicely sum up what it is this man is talking about and what makes it so great?
The final sentence in the post is probably the funniest [Emphasis added]:
I agree that it is a bit difficult to understand and to get involved in the dialog but just reading it and going through the articles they produce and the rich debate they create is fulfilling and make you feel smarter.
A bit difficult to understand is an overstatement. It is incoherent and just because I happen to have been born Syrian that does not mean I will subscribe to it slavishly with the pseudo-jingoism that other Syrian bloggers have whenever they hear our silly national anthem or wave around the flag on their websites.