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Categorizing love expressions and words; (June 18, 2009)


            So far there are at least over 60 words of expressing love feelings in Arabic. The same goes to the language of Eskimos describing snow conditions. It would be interesting to attach a one-to-one correspondence for each snow condition to love feelings; that would result in a mild weather condition for people using this coded language in their love comunications.

            I decided to try my hand at categorizing these Arabic love expressions.  You might try sorting these words according to the five groups such as: divine love once you are successful at the unity with God; intellectual love; spiritual love of the elites, natural love; and bestial love.  There is another way of grouping the love expressions resulting of their effects on the physical and mental outcomes; it is this alternative that I will attempt my categorization.  You may try to use the matrix of both taxonomies.


1)      Physical effects and suffering: Insomnia (araq and sohod); chronic pains ( danak and wasb); burning (harak); consumption (jawa); painful (la3ej); fiery (laze3); shooting pain (law3a); avidity (lahaf); feverish (rassiss, ma7rour), apathy (tabalat); suffocating (kamad).


2)      Psychoilogical ailments such as: torment (balabel); grieving (shajan); sadness (7oson and shajou); no respite in affection (da2 moukhamer); melancholy ( ekti2ab); madness (jounoun); trying (kalaf); confusing (khabal); shocking (sadam); unreasonable (tabareeh); stupor (walah and tadliah).


3)      Emotional consequences such as: desire (shaghaf); nostalgia (shawk and haneen); disorientation (foutoun); overflowing (ghamarat); passionate (gharam and 3oshok); falling in love (hawa); carried away (houyam); appeasing (istikanat); bewitched (khalabat); adoration (ta3abod); ecstatic (tatayom); frightened (wahal); vehemence (wajad); platonic (3ozri).


4)      Natural feelings such as: friendship (khelat); to have an affair (3ilakat); to be linked to (kholm); minimal transgression (lumam); steadiness (mahabat); attachment (mokt); feelings (sababat); liking young girls (sabwat); delicat love (wod); having intercourse (nakaha); foreplay (talamous, tala3ob); kissing (kobolat).


A lady said “As a kid luxury meant fur coat; after acquiring education luxury meant intellectual challenges; as I matured luxury is falling constantly in love”  She failed to precise what consequences she was not willing to endure.

“Instantaneous Expediencies” (April 30, 2009)


            We are experiencing a form of policies in the developed nations that is emulating the urges of its citizens for Instantaneous Expediencies related to desires, wishes, demands, acquisition, communication, gathering of intelligence, information, orders, and delivery around the world.  Our current development is characterized by accelerated paces in sciences, technologies, and communication, and delivery of our wishes either through the net, the phone, or airplanes within days if not seconds. If we understand that human history progressed in major three phases of change and dissemination of intelligence of the changes in science, technologies, social and political organization, traditions, and cultures then we might grasp our current problems and how to find common denominators for resolutions.


            There was a time when dissemination of information among the tribes was very slow and the changes taking place among tribes were even slower so that the world was at peace of rivalries and greed.  The next phase of settled communities in urban and agricultural regions experienced accelerated changes in many ways of progress but the dissemination of this intelligence was very slow and the identities of each region developed through traditions, customs, and myths.  By the 16th century and as the Portuguese and Spanish circumnavigated the oceans and discovered many maritime routes for trade and exploitation and met with various ethic groups then the third phase of human development occurred.  This third phase was characterized by the dissemination of ideas, sciences, and know-how progressed at a higher pace than the actual social and political changes in the European nations and thus, the world communities exhibited some kind of generalized uniformity in dwelling designs and forms of political and social organizations and structure.


            The world is faced with a bunch of catastrophic problems from financial and economical difficulties, to environmental disasters that will not spare the next generation, to the emergence of potential superpowers with larger middle classes that can afford and demand all the consumer goods that the west has enjoyed for over a century, and to extremism in religions and nationalism to name just a few.  All these cataclysmic problems require global resolutions but solutions and decisions are done on national basis as Amine Maluf stated in “A World Adrift”


            After the disintegration of the communist Soviet Union in 1989 Europe and particularly the US realized that they could dominate the World economically and militarily.  By 2001, the US Bush Junior administration of neo-conservatives could no longer resist to test the notion of Instantaneous Expediencies.  The US administration had the urge to put in practice its power of perceived world police force.  In no times, the administration delivered its summons to the European Union and the UN to adhere to the US plans of invading Iraq.  The material potentials were there but the moral value and culture of the US administration were fidgeted in another era of staunch nationalism and religious zealotry.


William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) wrote “Man has survived because he was too ignorant to know how to realize his wishes (desires).  Now that he can realize his wishes, then he must either change them or perish”.




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