Suzanne Talhouk argues that today we have a greater responsibility towards our shared humanity.

Feb 21, 2021

In preparation for the night of the Great Conjunction, we chose years ago to rethink what was important and what was the most important, what could fulfill our soul and what could increase the void, what could open our hearts and what could make us more stubborn and arrogant. We represent a  small part, but we continue to grow closer and closer to one another every day. The night of the Great Conjunction is of great significance in our spiritual development, our path to acquiring knowledge and the reinforcement of our relationship with planet Earth and the universe as a whole. The latter can be considered a “bonus”, as it reminds us of the importance of evolving as individuals in a faster manner, as all gates and platforms to the skies are open.

We will talk more about that night shortly, but first I will tell you a quick anecdote that happened that day with my hairdresser. On the day of the Great Conjunction, Yahya was styling my hair; the way he talked seemed different and unusual. He mentioned that he woke up very early and felt very energetic. He sensed certain energy and did not know what it was. I asked him if he was aware that thousands of people across the world were waiting for that specific night to meditate, and that it was a very important night for the development of the soul and for boosting your energy. Yahya did not understand what I meant. 

When I tried to look up articles and resources on  Google search engines to show Yahya, I could only find content in English, and  Yahya could only understand Arabic. To my surprise, I did not manage to find content in Arabic that Yahya could read to understand the significance of that celestial phenomenon: the importance of meditating, sitting in silence or even reflecting and how it affects our development, our awareness and the path of humanity as a whole. Any of those steps could help him fathom the depths of his inner soul, communicate with the skies above, or even delve into the impact of that phenomenon on our lives. It may not change the course of Yahya’s life, but it would surely open his heart and mind. 

While websites are flooded with articles, guidance and analysis on the Great Conjunction in English, some taking a purely scientific approach where others look into it from a spiritual perspective or from a personal experience, how can we in the Arab world benefit from that event if there is no information or content available in Arabic?

Is it a mere coincidence that our Arab youth, who only speak or read in their native language, are deprived of this cosmic event, this knowledge and celestial opportunity that only occurs almost every 400 years?

Over a decade ago, I founded an organization called “Feil Amer”  in order to change the perception of our language by promoting innovation and creativity. The organization organized  several activities, conferences and festivals, including my TED Talk entitled “Don’t Kill Your Language.” Today, I consider that this matter does not only revolve around raising awareness about the beauty and importance of the Arabic language, identity, culture and so on but it has a bigger impact. Today, we have a much bigger responsibility towards humanity and human development, that requires us to ensure a large segment of our youth in the Arab world are not deprived of cosmic knowledge. It is a responsibility that requires us to think deeply about our cognitive future. The issue is no longer about the Arabic language not keeping pace with technology and scientific research, but in fact, it has turned into a case of cognitive deprivation; and this in itself is a major crime against humanity.

 All I hope for is that we are worthy of this land and this language, and as Jalal al-Din Rumi once said: “Never lose hope, my heart, miracles dwell in the invisible.”

Watch her TED Talk here:


About the Author

Suzanne Talhouk is an author, poet, and advocate for the Arabic language as a tool of power, pride, and unity. She holds a Master’s Degree in Physics but has built her career as a communications and public relations expert, writer, and speaker at TEDxBeirut as well as international forums such as Harvard, McGill, and others. Talhouk is a board member of the Women Leaders council of Lebanon (WLC), and the founder of a local organization called "Feil Amer" that aims to highlight the importance of the mother tongue in creativity, productivity, and preserving identity. Talhouk published two books of poetry.