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The Father: Truth Teller, The Mother: Aya granny, Daughter 1: Najma, Daughter 2: HNK.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

A unique personality or a Psychopath. ??

Hassan in his first post write about some strange structure of iraqi personality. It is hard to confess that he was write about most of what he said. I have to add that iraq personality is somehow differ from others.
Some called it double personality, not like schizophrenia, they did that intentionally, propably the causes is related to their cultural and educational as well as environmental backgrounds.

There is some thing unique to the Iraqi people, and that they like challenges and don't accept to loose, but they will not accept to win without opposition.
simple example; few days ago, there were a severe shortage of fuel, kerosine and gasoline, there is a long line on the gas stations , the cars arranged in 3-4 lines, only one line is enter the station, so at the enterance there were a mess, every one wants to enter first, some time they fight with guns for that, but if you were in line and stoped to let the one beside you to enter first, he will refuse and insist that you will enter first. This behaviour will be applied to different aspect of daily life. Between the good guys he is the best, between the bad he is the worst.
They do silly things and they know for sure that those things are wrong.

Other thing, is that the people here, accept any thing they heard, especially if this thing meets their wishes, or close to their believes.

I remember a funy story happened about fifty years ago,
at that time the peoples were very simple, there were no TV, even the radio set was new and only limited persons have radios in their houses, I was a child at that time and I remeber the story very clearly.

I was with my father in his place of wark in the downtown, we noticed a lot of peoples go in hurry toward the main police station (called at that time the general police center, because it contains all the divisions of police even the traffic police), some people are comming back with strange expression on their faces, a woman stopped near us and started to explain what happened, "there is a man changed to a donkey, the police took him (the donkey) to the general center, I saw him sitting on a chair there" the woman said in confidence !!.
off coarse no body beleive her but the people still going to that direction in waves.
My father asked me to go there and look what is the matter. I saw a hundreds of people in front of the general center, the police men pushing them back, there was an officer told the peoples that there were nothing, it is only a rumer. But they still there looking for mor news.
Later we heard the real story.
A police man trying to arrest a man who was guiding a donkey behind him, the man escaped leaving the donkey, the police man took the donkey to the police center, people in the way asked him " why you arrested this donkey" he answer joking with them "this is not a donkey, this a man changet into a donkey !"
The simple poor people believed him at once and started to distribute this news. Every body want to witness this miracle.


Now aday the people are more educated and by the virtue of TV and other media, they knew what is going o around them. but still some strange stories are believed by some peolples.

6 Comments:

Blogger praktike said...

hey, that's one of the only arabic words I know! Hemaaroon!

3/09/2005 12:54:00 PM

 
Blogger Joe said...

We call them rumors, those untrue stories that pass from person to person across the town. They happen in our town too! --Joe

3/10/2005 06:15:00 AM

 
Blogger Gryfen said...

I wouldn't say that people are educated by any virtue of the TV.

A TV is only as good as the programming paced on it. We have good, informative shows...like lots of interesting things about history and science.....and lots of trash like Seinfeld.

There’s the same problem with the news agencies. Often they tell such different versions, you have difficulty recognizing that they are discussing the same event.

Garbage in, Garbage out. If you have no other source of information, or no way to check the facts, how can you know if the story on the news is any better than a man-donkey being arrested?

3/10/2005 09:19:00 AM

 
Blogger Mad Canuck said...

I just read on the news about a suicide bombing in Mosul at the funeral for a Mosul university professor. Are all of you okay?

Shawn.

3/10/2005 09:36:00 AM

 
Blogger Truth teller said...

Shawn.
Thank you for your concern.
We are all okay, the explosion was faraway from our places, although the sound was terribly loud every where.

3/10/2005 10:03:00 AM

 
Blogger liminal said...

I'm very glad to hear you're okay. I was about to email to see.

I wanted to say how right you are about the Iraqi personality! Sometimes I would deny it because the conotations of it are negative if people label you as a psychopath. What an apt and concise description! I wonder if the world will ever figure this out.

I sure hope so.

Thank you so much for starting this blog. It means a lot to me.

Liminal

3/10/2005 02:12:00 PM

 

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