Wednesday, September 13, 2006

A normal life

I spoke with a friend in England yesterday. It was nice to catch up. But then she said, "your emails are very political, can't you write something about normal life for a change". And it got me thinking; that statement about a so called 'normal life' …..

The tragedy of our humanity outside the region known as the Arab world at the moment, is that 'injustice', 'racism', 'intolerance' and 'bigotry' are accepted, overlooked, deemed inconsequential to every day notions of life. People don't seem to realize that it is not humanely possible to live here and not think about the suffering of the people of the Arab World from Palestine to Iraq to Lebanon to Afghanistan, and the impending catastrophe about to rain down on the heads of people in Iran and Syria. And all the while our friends far away sleep soundly in their beds. How can one not get frustrated, angry, mournful, and to feel your soul being torn to shreds by a situation you feel is beyond control?

That is normal!

It is also normal to empathise with a neighbour when his house is demolished by collective punishment, or when a neighbour cannot sleep at night for fear of a military raid, or when his country is deliberately reduced to rubble by foreign hegemony of a ruthless kind. Or when a neighbour's young son or daughter has become the umpteenth victim of a sniper's bullet, or a suicide bomber's death wish.

And so the rest of the washing up, the ironing, the cooking, the mothering and the occasional night out of social festivities, is the hope that keeps the pain at bay.

For the moment, I won't apportion blame until the next global general elections that will affect our destiny. It is only normal to hope that leaders who now govern with racist ideologies and absolute power that fill hearts and minds with fear, confusion, and very big lies of the 'us vs. them' kind, will soon be gone. Then I shall lead a normal life.

I suppose in the grand scheme of things I am lucky; I don't have to deal with that kind of mind control … I'm one step ahead, I only have to deal with the consequences … J

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14949.htm

"Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter": African proverb

7 Comments:

Blogger joladies said...

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006  
Blogger joladies said...

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=92662&page=1

Wednesday, September 13, 2006  
Blogger MommaBean said...

I tend to avoid political topics on my blog, mostly because the purpose of my blog is more for family to get a sense about what life is like here. And, yet, a couple of political-ish blogs have snuck their way in. It's unavoidable, as you said, living in this region. As a human, it's impossible to ignore...

Wednesday, September 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you notice that you replied to your friends query with yet another political reply.

hatem

Wednesday, September 13, 2006  
Blogger Huttonian said...

Keep up the politics. If you want to understand a society you need to follow political life

Wednesday, September 13, 2006  
Blogger joladies said...

Dear Anonymous Hatem - You are absolutely right of course - a kind of deliberate error that keeps popping up ... just me and my musings working overtime!

Thanks Huttonian - I shall try! But at times like these it's tough ... knowing when to switch off! I really believe the cliche that ignorance is bliss!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006  
Blogger joladies said...

Mommabean - that's the beauty of sharing a blog with five very different women - our families/friends get a dose of every angle of our lives - something for everyone plus a little extra!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006  

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