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.