A conversation at work today:
Some dude at work: What are you reading?
Me: Learning Hebrew.
Dude: Oh, I want to learn too. Can you photocopy them for me?
Dude: Can I see it?
I hand him the papers. Since there is no book on modern Hebrew at any of the libraries I have checked, I had to rely on print-outs from the net in Arabic, prepared by a Lebanese teacher of Hebrew. The print-outs had at the top of each unit an opener sentence like “In the name of Allah”.
Dude [looking at the papers] : What’s this?
Me: What’s what?
Dude: This. [pointing at the opener sentence]
Me: Oh, that. Yes, the guy happens to be Muslim.
Dude: Take it, I don’t want it. I will find another source.
Me: ?? What???!
Dude: Khalas it’s OK.
Add him to the 100,000 idiots I had to “fight” on the roads today. Why do people in this country drive as if they don’t have to reach a destination?? Or do I have a severe chronic case of road rage??!
And excuse me, but I would like our resident Marxist or Trotskyist or communist or Palestinian or Lebanese or or or… to clarify this: how does one reconcile proletarianism with owning mobile phones while more than half the country is below the poverty line and cannot put food on the table? Or better yet, how does one reconcile proletarianism and communism with capitalism and imperialism, one symbol of which is … yup, Pepsi?
Give it to Lebanese proletarianists or Marxists or Trotskyists or or or… to put a special touch on things and call it “intellectualism”.
I guess I will now be accused of inciting and encouraging civil war. That’s pretty much the battle-cry of silencers these days (a revamped version of the bookburners of Al-Azhar, if you ask me). But come to think of it, I am now part of the “nationalistic power struggle”. Oh, I did not know Marxists tended to denounce nationalism, and the whole concept of “self-determination” for national groups. Guess that’s part of the remodeling of Marxism, since it was a dismal failure after how many years (perhaps our resident Marxist/pseudo-intellectual can clarify) of totalitarian (that’s what hierarchy ALWAYS ends up doing) rule?
Idol-worshippers accusing others of worshipping idols. Enjoy your proletarianISTs (different from proletarian) and Islamophobes. Enjoy your silencers who accuse those who wish to end the silence imposed upon opposing voices, of “siding with one side against the second”, or of disrespecting the dead (tell me what’s more disrespectful than freeing a war criminal with the blood of thousands on his hand, or never even jailing another criminal [and there is an abundance of those in this country] who bragged about his civilian kills of the day?). Enjoy your idol-worshippers who think sipping a cuppa coffee with Amory Starr increases their value. Oh, the workings of the ego…