Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Joe Cultural Crusader

We do it all here.....a little culture to fill your day.....heard this on Bill Bennett's radio show this morning

Poem, "When," by Wajeha al-Huwaider (who, btw is an Arab)-

When you cannot find a single garden in your city, but there is a mosque on every corner - you know that you are in an Arab country.

When you see people living in the past with all the trappings of modernity - do not be surprised, you are in an Arab country.

When religion has control over science - you can be sure that you are in an Arab country.

When clerics are referred to as "scholars" - don't be astonished, you are in an Arab country.

When you see the ruler transformed into a demigod who never dies or relinquishes his power, and nobody is permitted to criticize - do not be too upset, you are in an Arab country.

When you find that the large majority of people oppose freedom and find joy in slavery - do not be too distressed, you are in an Arab country.

When you hear the clerics saying that democracy is heresy, but seizing every opportunity provided by democracy to grab high positions - do not be surprised, you are in an Arab country. ...

When you discover that a woman is worth half of what a man is worth, or less - do not be surprised, you are in an Arab country. ...

When land is more important than human beings - you are in an Arab country. ...

When fear constantly lives in the eyes of the people - you can be certain you are in an Arab country."

5 Comments:

At 8:26 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Brilliant!....Thanks Joe..for remindin us how precious our freedoms are!!

 
At 10:45 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

This is a fantastic find, Joe, and TRUE!!!

 
At 11:23 AM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

Good to see you back. i enjoy your wit.

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger Joe Gringo said...

Thanks neighbors! That's gringo-speak for friends of the blogosphere. Bill Bennett has a great show, very smart man.

 
At 2:59 PM, Blogger Joe Gringo said...

Jungle Mom, looking forward to reading your post on your home in Venezuela when I get home!

 

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