Even my dog is political.. conversations with myself

It’s hard for me to write about cakes and the therapeutic effect of cooking when I read and hear of the monstrosities that are taking place in Syria, fully aware that it has been going one for eighteen months http://qunfuz.com. So why mention it now?….Well Recently I started reading more about children being used  in order to silence families and communities. I am writing ‘being used’ deliberately to spare you the dreadful facts of what is being done to children, especially if you are like me, of a sensitive disposition. Although sometimes in life ugliness needs to be shown and witnessed to understand where we are on the human spectrum.

I am aware that this is not a political blog. And if you grew up in the Middle East, you learn early on that politics is a way of life. We sip it with our morning coffee, talk about it in the streets and get the latest analysis from taxi drivers. To fool myself into thinking I can live a life where I mustn’t discuss or write about the things that matter to me is ridiculous. I guess part of my silence about politics as well is due to the fact that we live in Dubai, a country known for its seclusion from politics. A society that gears itself towards work, money and pleasure. Even in Jordan the seclusion is present among friends and family of similar background to mine. To an extent it is clever to steer away from politics, especially in corrupt systems and countries where meddling with politics means government interference.

My grand father survived on this ethos. However my grandfather’s cousin Mohammad Izzat Darwaza took on different sets of values and ideas and was exiled as a result of that. I guess people choose different paths to take in life and that is acceptable. Even though the Arab Spring has taken a detour from its starting routes, it is still evolving and it would be interesting to see where this wave of change is taking us to in Jordan. Will corruption subside on all levels? When and into what? It seems like the answer people find in response to corruption is religion, which in our region is represented by the Moslem brotherhood movement: organised religious representatives with their own agendas and interests leading only further into corruption and away from secularism.

My father  panicked when I merely mentioned writing about corruption. He warned me not to get personal in mentioning certain persons. It is not worth getting into this sort of thing he said. And he is right, if you wish your life and interests to go into a certain path. His panic is an example of the state we live in and will continue to do so for a long time.

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    Magda
    September 28, 2012

    Greeks are the same way, we talk about politics all day, with whomever is willing to listen. With what’s being happening these last few years, it’s a painful subject.

    I understand your need to acknowledge what is going on in your country and the Middle East in general, Lara. It’s completely understandable. Especially when atrocities happen. The more people stay silent, the more things stay the same.

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    ghassan
    September 28, 2012

    Great articlee.. despite the overtly optimistic tone of your last paragraph..

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    chocolates1974
    September 28, 2012

    Thanks Magda. I know how similar we are to the greeks. it is so nice of you to support that It ok to acknowledge events here, sometimes support comes from unexpected kind places and friends we have not met.

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    Kathy
    September 29, 2012

    there is a whole generation of parents/grandparents in the Middle East that has been advising their children and grandchildren to “stay out of politics” because they saw and paid the price themselves in past decades …but there is also a high price for skirting the subjects that have an impact on quality of life and future prospects for everyone and leaving politics to those who don’t mind getting their hands dirty…talking/sharing concerns is the start of making change – it’s what to do next that is complicated — because there are so few mechanisms for making change without violent disruption. keep up the conversations…

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    mohd
    October 1, 2012

    Lara i admire your analysis with your beautiful syle and well picked words.i agree one has to be fully aware of what is going on .political awareness is very essential to correct the direction of the country.as far as your analysis of jordaninan situation i agree to what u mentioned.we need awraeness which is available but we also need to know some important facts that need is there to fight corruptin and look more deeply at the economic facts .esp like jobless people,poverty,.as far as jordan is concerned we are very lucky that the head of our country is a civilized human being with a great message ,based on respect of the citizen and focussingon economic and social develoment of the country,as well as political reforms.if we want to protect the future of jordan and be aware for the future we have to fully support him and come close to him and give him the right advice.

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    chocolates1974
    October 1, 2012

    Moh’d You always give a rosy image of things. Be brave. If as humans we cant express our ideas and beliefs FREELY then we have nothing! Corruption is very contagious if you know what I mean. And it has to be eradicated at all level What is the use of political awareness if people have no say in things. Maybe you feel lucky.. but others don’t. They are hungry and angry. A lethal combination…. Vive Le Resistance.

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