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Archive for September 8th, 2012

Supposed to be relieved: From buying emergency items, one at a time

It is an inconsequential event, at least in what it concerns me.

Irrelevant little events have a habit to snowball. They snowball into mythical stories, to be relayed from generation to generation.

Mother used to remember of a missing items while cooking: The item was an emergency happening, and I was dispatched to fetch it from my aunt’s shop, a small distance away…These emergency items, one at a time because mother forgets, forced me to descend several times a day.

I used to believe that a misery item to purchase shouldn’t take that long. Wrong.

My aunt, as she saw me coming, would open up a topic for discussion, and her husband (both over their 80’s) would take the hint, pick up on the thread and rewind a long broken record of customers they despise, they cannot suffer…long time animosities that never healed and couldn’t be forgotten…George would never miss a comma, a well-oiled and memorized broken record

Stories of angst, anger, displeasure with countless former clients would roll down uninterrupted…

I learned to be patient, calm down and let the inevitable story to fizzle out…And I knew that sooner or later, I will be the next target to add in their long list of people to “wipe the ground with“.

Consequently, I refrained from participating and giving my opinion: Any opinion not to their favor was a basis to list me as the enemy, even temporary…

This time around, my opinion was to turn to a longer-term animosity. What? They are not getting enough customers to buy all their fruits and vegetables on display before they go bad?

I fear this redundant event has all the elements to grow into a tribal animosity: No one from the family or the extended family members came by to visit and ask for clarification and to talk…My aunts visited mother twice and never talked to me or brought up the subject with me: Children (of over 60 in age) are still out to be involved in serious topics…

There were a few established customs, by the force of repetition.

My aunt used to visit mother a few times per week, preferably in the morning to have her blood sugar content checked, have her blood pressure taken…and to spend an hour chit chatting…Sort of venting out their body aches, recalling who died lately, who is in emergency treatment, and reminiscing of old stories…

Mother used to visit on Sunday afternoon, about 3 pm. Sort of getting out and socializing: Not many people visit us…

A community of archaic mentality that enjoy toying with irrelevant events, and weaving great stories of inconsequential little events, adding lies and large handful of spices for better taste to foul tongues and memorable listening evenings…

I am supposed to be relieved: From buying emergency items, one items at a time, going down to the shop several time a day… I am not relieved yet, on two counts:

1. I still have to go up three floors, several times a day, to fetch emergency items from my sister’s apartment

2. I am not that relieved: It is supposed to be a personal matter between George and me. Why the extended family has to feel directly concerned and shun from saluting and having small talks? Particularly the young members…

In any case, everyone know that George should be on tranquilizers to cool down his nerves on edge at all times. George is battling with his shadows when no one is around him…A small medication can go a long way to restoring the peace in these countless mini civil wars…

What direct advantages “Arab Spring” infused in the region? Part 2

In the previous post I focus on the first and biggest advantage that the “Arab Spring” infused in the Arab/Islamic States: It is the serious pitting of the three other Sunni sects (Chafi3i (Egypt), Maliki (North Africa), and Hanafi (Syria)) against the radical, salafist, and obscurantist Wahhabi sect called Hambali (7ambali) in Saudi Arabia.

Before the Arab uprising, Saudi Arabia had undertaking a vast campaign since 1980 of exporting its obscurantist brand of religious sect (Wahhabi Hanbali) to all the Arabic and Islamic States, infusing billion of dollars, constructing mosques, hiring its brand of clerics to preach on Friday prayers and obtaining the monopoly of printing its version of the Koran, by the million, and distributing the book for free…https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/what-direct-advantages-arab-spring-infused-in-the-region-part-1/

The second biggest advantage is the “Qadhafi’s body in the nude” syndrome. After Qadhafi’s body was shamefully displayed on internet and TV cables, one of the normal women exclaimed “He is so little. I was under the impression that Qaddafi was immense…

This new spirit is what I call: “Regaining this dignity of confronting authority figures“.

People in power have lost their shimmering sacred aura, power figures who were supposed to “Know it all”, that could not be approached, touched, or discussed with…

The little people with good reflecting minds are entitled to ask the pertinent questions, and they want to know the why and how, and they want an answer, a pragmatic action reply…

Demonstrations in public Squares are feasible, pretty well oiled and tuned up at an instant notice and the little people are ready to demand convincing practical decisions and actions from those supposed to shouldering public responsibilities…

Little people have experienced making decisions, organizing, and managing million of demonstrating people, and they realize that they are as good as the sons and extended family members of the people in power…

One of the cartoons shows a simple citizens feeling terrible as the policeman looks at him before the revolution. After the revolution, it is the policeman getting worried as a citizen looks at him in the eyes..

The third advantage is that religious political parties in power can no longer fool the people with abstract notions: They are in power now, and they are expected to start providing pragmatic answers to problems.

As for resuming outright fraudulent elections, it would be difficult for many years to come…


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