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Idiosyncrasies: Introspection (chapter 19)

I lived in the USA for over 20 years and it was on the last year that someone told me that, in the US, men who don’t shave their chest hair are considered homosexuals.  I had the opposite idiosyncrasy and I am no longer surprised of the wrong impression that I projected. 

I always hated my hairy chest and I would have shaven it if I knew the idiosyncrasies in the US; especially, that the graying hairs started to overshadow the black streaks.  When I came definitively to Lebanon I started shaving my chest and the dominant idiosyncrasy was reversed.

I guess that I would be under suspicion, no matter where I am!

Speaking of missed communication and wasted opportunities.

Another example of idiosyncrasy comes to mind. Dad keeps the nail of his left little finger long, mainly for nose work, I guess. I kept mine long for teeth jobs.  Again, on the last year in the USA, my Real Estates partner warned me that long nails of the little finger projects addiction to cocaine or some hard substances; like sniffing?  Without realizing it, I was fenced in to failure.

Another example: on my first weeks to the US, on a university campus, I noticed American students walking barefoot in summertime and stepping in classrooms barefoot too.  Usually, they wear their sandals over their shoulders.  

Girls do that all the time in the US to save their new shoes, or maybe they are more of hot-blooded down there than young men.  I emulated American students going barefoot for the first time in my life.  The ugly woman teacher kicked me out of the classroom on the ground that foreigners are not to behave in the same manners as Americans.  

This was racism in reverse:  The teacher was trying to convey the implicit meaning: “You guys have a few remaining good behaviors of respecting teachers and family .  Do not ruin what is good with alternative bad behaviors.”  I think that is how I would like to interpret the wrath of the teacher.

Early exposure to the facets of living is the key to diminishing man’s problems; and sex education and exposure come first in the list.  I do believe that “primitive” communities are far more developed socially for raising their progenitors.




January 2023

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