The Arabs and Hierarchy
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The Arabs and Hierarchy 

Someday I went to a dental clinic to have my upper wisdom tooth extracted. Prior to the operation, the dentist asked my permission to allow four of his undergraduates, who were waiting outside in the waiting room, to attend the operation. I welcomed the idea. The undergraduates joined us and stood around me while the operation began.
The anesthetic somehow took effet. The dentist widened the socket around my tooth using a couple of dental tools and tried to extract the tooth. However, the process looked more complex than expected, so he had to cut further through the gums. He struggled hard and was able to extract my tooth after breaking it to pieces and closed my wound with a couple of stitches. There is no words can describe the pain I felt throughout that unusual operation which took about 40 minutes or so
Almost four our years later I relocated to another city. Oneday I had to see a local dentist. He welcomed me warmly on my first visit and immediately said that he had met me before. He was one of the undergraduates who attended my tooth operation prior to his graduation a few years ago. It was such a coincidence to meet again. Then he added that something went wrong in my operation. My ex-dentist used the dental tool in a wrong manner while he was trying to extract my tooth. Hence the operation was painful. The dentist revelation of what went wrong was more painful than the actual pain I had been through. I sarcastically said “a dental tool was wrongly used in front of four undergraduates and none of you was able to intervene to correct the error and stop the pain”. The dentist apologetically said “it was such an embarrassing situation and we did not want to tell our university lecturer that he was wrong………”
This incident may look silly, but speaks volumes. People across the Arabic-speaking societies have a great deal of respect to people in the hierarchy. A respect, whether it is genuine or fake, reaches the stage of fear. People are brought up to listen, to obey, to follow orders, and to comply with traditional social and religous values. People fear to intervene or to challenge those who make false deeds or cause human’ sufferings or violate Human Rights. Any type of criticism or a challenge could be a sin.
Such a way of life is not only undermining people's capacities and aspirations, but also endangering and harming their lives as individuals and societies alike. And, when people get rid of their fear and transform themselves from a silent crowd to people who could speak up, then sadly enough, anarchy spreads or a horrible civil war may break out. That is due to existance of despotism, monopoly, protection, favoritism, bias, inequality, oppression, and the absence of Human Rights in the Arabic-speaking societies with uneven percentage from one country to another.
Time and again, we are the Arabic-Speaking Peoples, Arabs and non-Arabs, we will never have an end to our ongoing sufferings, setbaks, and defeats, or have a place to occupy alongside other nations of the world or win their respect unless we have changed. A change does not necessarily lead to anarchy, killing destruction, displacing and terrorizing people or vengeane and violating Human Rights. The Soviet Union has been fundamentally changed in 1991 through implementing radical reforms within six years. It was a peaceful end after very a complex period of time in the world history.
It is high time we enforced and sanctified Human Rights. It is high time we reconsidered our educational systems in order to enable us to bring up free men, women and children. It is high time we valued parliaments and developed our old constitutions in order to meet the demands of the evolving modern age. It high time we got rid of the complex of “I'm right, you're wrong”
It is high we realized that we should never surrender our children and our future generations to an unchallengeable dentist or whoever…..
Bassam Eleiwi

 


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