Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The First Cut is the Deepest

Arabs keep reminding me with monkeys, and I don't mean that in a bad way.

Many years ago a Russian psychologist made a brilliant experiment where he placed a group of monkeys in a cage. In the beginning the monkeys kept jumping and fighting trying to escape from the cage. As time passed by they realzied that they've been locked up and got really depressed, and got used to their new life in prison.


To everyone's surprise, when he opened the cage, the monkeys felt too depressed and too defeated to even leave the cage.

Actor Duraid Lahham said in one of his plays ....
اول كف هو بس اللي بوجع، بعدين لو تاكل مية كف ما راح تحس فيهم
(meaning that the first slap on the cheek would hurt but the next 100 slaps won't)

We were slapped the first time long time ago, and since then we've been behaving like those monkeys in the cage, so pathetically helpless and too tired to move.

We consider a day without casualities in Palestine a happy day, a day in Iraq without civilians being slaughtered a miracle.

If , these days, Iraq stayed united without a civil war that would be a victory, while a couple of decades back the fact that borders existed between Arab countries was considered shameful.

We are so numb now that I'm afraid if someone came by and opened the cage, nobody would leave.

8 comments:

Abu 7amarneh said...

yes!! we were talking the other day about the same concept,,, y3ni,, what if israel openned the broders for all palestinians to come back ,,, who will do it?? i bet that less than 5% of them will go back!!

manar said...

7akyak bewaje3!

Dozz said...

yeah yeah yeah...thats y im a trouble maker who never accepts anything she doesnt agree with!!!it might change me forever...

bilotee said...

"We are so numb now that I'm afraid if someone came by and opened the cage, nobody would leave."

most probably that would be the case. unfortunately.

NAR said...

This might be right, and depressing; however, if the monkeys stay in the cage it shows that it is part of (human) nature to behave this way and that is ok - don't blame yourself for being tired or afraid and numb. If the cage stays open long enough, the monkeys will eventually learn to go out again. It takes time to do things and decades to incrementally change nations. How many years did it take for the Middle East to dekay form the glory days? - 1000 years perhaps. One cannot expect to reverse our situation in one or two generations. We have to do our part and teach our kids to do their's.

hamede said...

Sad but true.

wedad said...

for me if they open the cage door i will run away directly :)
but you are right, if we used about it we cant leave it!!

Tamim said...

I don't share your pessimistic point of view.History proved that cages can be smashed and humans are more difficult to tame than apes.