The Oman Daily Observer Features of
Sunday February 5th 2012.
Link to My Website – www.majidall.com –
Between Us Only!
Can You Buy Respect?
A BIG QUESTION!
I Respect You – Sir!
Respect Me – Or Not!
Supposed to be the most smart, brilliant and intelligent species on the face of the earth – human beings still never fail to amaze and shock you – shock and awe! People always accuse me of not being more trusting and optimistic (Be more positive man!) – – or that guy who always see that the glass is half empty (not half full!).
But if you are like me diabetic – whatever you want to call it – I will still need a refill – and that automatically destroys whatever label that you have put on the first glass! It is; therefore, better to bring in the glass full for me to appreciate the welcome! Just like in some Arab countries – when they serve you black coffee – it is always full in the small coffee cup – whilst that is an insult here in our Oman! See you always learn something from my column – even if it maybe trifle or small!
Respect Me or I’ll Whip you!
People like us who like to write need to be careful with our words – lest people misread us – or let ourselves be incriminated – or into serious and more troubles. People simply do not like to be told the truth – or be reminded of it. Even if deep down in their minds and conscience they know that the truth is being told – and even if not covered by a sugar coating – as I too am being accused of! Those of you who know me well (some too well!) would now be concluding – this is leading to somewhere – and there he goes off again – something has pissed him off (again?) – and set him off (again)! What is it this time??
Truthfully, I have seen a lot of things in my life – life’s ups and downs – and how human beings can let you down at the worst time of your life – at the most inopportune and inconvenient time – and by the same people that should know and behave better – and sometimes near you – and you have trusted too!
One time, I had an issue with one place and with one expatriate – powerful and influential there – but my Omani peer and CEO told me these words that I will never forget to the end of my life of human naiveness and stupidity – I can go to sleep and give that person my soul – and when I wake up – he will give it back to me! I do not have that very strong Religious affiliations and associations – because in my heart I wanted to tell him that you have just lost being a Believer – when you make men as soul keepers per se!
Not wanting to incriminate myself – or open myself to liable – what I will say next is best in parable and allegory format! Honestly and truthfully – I have never ever before been so shocked by this thing that I am now trying to describe to you!
Imagine this! You have a still practicing and using stuff drug addict who comes preaching to you – gathered together – about dangers and perils of taking drugs. Or a guy top drunk walks into a conference room where you are all gathered together – and sternly lectures you about dangers and perils of alcohol! Or even still – a drug enforcing (or other types) official on the take – lectures you about bribes and corruption! Now do you see where this is all leading to?
The question that I want to pose here is this!
What gives you this right to hoodwink, lie and cheat to people? Is it because you take people for granted and as bumbling crazed fools – and will take in everything thrown to them – hook, bait and sinker? That people are so naïve and gullible that they will believe everything thrown to them – especially when you give it an air of authencity and reality surroundings – so they will believe what you are throwing to them? Cannot you just afford to think for a minute that people are just ready to cover any news they can find – and some had no choice in the matter – but just to come in – and listen to you – telling lies, fibs and fabrications? Real Shame on you! Make your own house in order first – before going on to lecture on others!
It takes all kinds to make the world! I was watching this Arab Uprisings serials in Al Jazeera English – and this famous person now lost his position of fame, authority and power giving a lame does not hold water excuse – We all knew what type of person he really was – but we all supported him – not because we did not notice his flaws and weaknesses – but simply to maintain our area of influences – and what we can still get from him! You are saying that now – after all that has happened? How sickening and devilish human beings can get – I tell you!
By Majid Al Suleimany
v If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it. — Tennessee Williams
v I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them. — Anne Rice
v My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. — Anais Nin
v The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. — Gustave Flaubert
v There is creative reading as well as creative writing. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
v The desire to write grows with writing. — Desiderius Erasmus
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. — Isaac Asimov