I find it difficult clicking with, if not communicating with, people who have not lived outside Jordan for a period of time. People who have not had the experience of living in the Western hemisphere. Actually, any hemisphere will do. I don’t know why that is, but I feel anyone who missed out on such an experience is never on the same wavelength. I mean, you can watch all the American TV shows, listen to rock music and feign an accent; but that’s not what I’m talking about. Nor am I talking about a trip to Disney Land or a 2-week vacation in Paris.
Arabs who have lived abroad, specifically when younger, have a different way of thinking that is a bit refreshing. I also get the sense that they’re more grounded in terms of religious, political, nationality and cultural awareness in a way that our homegrown variety is not. I’m not totally convinced that it is the presence of foreign soil that transforms them as such, so much as it is the absence of home soil. It’s the difference between talking to a person who studies only mathematics his entire life, or a person who studied a variety of subjects their entire life. The difference between the children stuck in the allegorical cave watching the shadows dance on the wall, and the one kid who came out of the cave, grazed the hills, saw fire and crossed oceans.
I don’t know.
It’s just a fleeting thought.