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Without filter...

By Fr. Dr. Rif’at Bader

His Majesty King Abdullah II’s interview with three young Jordanians indicates that media is no longer confined to certain departments or personalities--with respect to all of our local agencies or in our country--as the opportunity offered to female university students is not the “last one” which will have several ramifications designed to develop a new media approach in our country based on openness, honesty and sincerity as in the case of "without filter".

The term "without filter" was used by His Majesty the King in the context of the sublime discourse, in response to the question by student Arwa Sarhan who said, “Did anyone ever tell you that we do not imagine that ‘the King is a normal person who lives like us’?" His Majesty said that he hears questions like this a lot, especially from children who think that his life as King is different from anyone else’s. Children are innocent and say things from the heart ‘’without filter’’.

I referred to the dictionary, and found out that “filtration” is the act of passing a liquid or gas through a piece of equipment in order to remove solid pieces or other substances. In this sense, His Majesty the King meant that children talk implies innocence and establishing human relations free from impurities as well as from the difficulties and calamities based on opportunistic relations.

The impurities in human relations have become numerous and complex. They include showing off especially through social media; as well as commercial, political or personal interests in social life; and the desire to maintain "a high standard" including sectarianism and tribal interests, dishonesty and hypocrisy, which the King said are cowardly traits that he cannot stand.

The interview and the term, “without filter”, is a new approach in dealing between the leadership and the people, and I do not think anyone would object that after the Royal meeting the citizens grew closer to His Majesty. Furthermore, there is a call to eliminate filters in our social relations. Let us try to practice spontaneous human relations without filters, namely send your brother a message of love without compliments, talk to your friend on the phone in a cordial atmosphere, post views on social media websites free from showing off or angering others. These are morning exercises that will undoubtedly help establish sound, healthy and constructive relationships.

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