The following interesting guest post was written by Mouad alias Emomo.
Finally Mouad!! Something in English since your blog is French. The rest of us can understand because some of us (me) only know bonjour, madam and croissant!
“I am strange one…in their standard!
I wish to thank my host Mona to give me a tribune to speak. So, my first (& I hope not the last) contribution is something personal about me (Such kind of egoism )
Question: what’s the fact that someone is considered as strange? Maybe he’s very brilliant for his ideas or a nutty guy. It depends on space & time and there’re a lot of people who were considered as crazy or avant-garde for their conterperaries & others whose madness made such a kind of mess. So, what’s my place in this topic?
Since my childhood, I had to face comments from people inside or outside family because of opinions, behavours or way of thinking. Positive opinions? I’m very smart, intelligent & naive. Negative ones? Crazy & too much cherished. Let’s be frank: I am the elder of my 2 brothers & my sister. So, in positive or negative, I’m the scout or laboratory white mouse, at least what I think.
While neighours’ kids were playing football or fireworks, I hardly went outside alone. My family thought it was a good method as it won’t influence badly on my behavour and my education. Result: even though I was good in scolarity, my social smartness wasn’t enough developed. Result: After passing from elementary studies in a private school to a public junior high school known in French “CollÃ¨ge” (Moroccan educational system is copied from French one), I had a real cultural shock with brutal students & slang, especially related to sex. So, during junior high school & later in high school where our class was boys only, I had to resist to moral & physical bullying while managing in my studies. Since then, I discovered that I’m living in such a dangerous social jungle :s Even now, my brothers & my sister are mocking of me due to my social lacking. Maybe that explain why I have no fiancÃ©e yet while colleagues of my business school or others already became parents.
Ok, I bet you’re saying:”So, what are things which make you different in a way you look like an alien from Europe or planet Krypton?” Well, here are some examples:
* Since I live alone in Agadir, I decided to begin a primary separation of garbage. It’s not easy especially with printer cartridges which many people throw it with domestic garbage or outside. Few people encouraged me in this initiative. “Hey, you’re in Morocco, not in Sweden!”.
* Many people think that money resolve anything, especially bribing. I remember one day I disliked the way a member of my family had done with a nurse to take care of my lost granmother when she was in a clinic & gave him some money as a way to take care of her. A young boy from maternal branch told me: “This is how people deal”. So you can say to hell transparency & civism.
* About religion: People, by the power satellite dishes & Internet, became experts of Islam. Practicing religion or not is a personal matter from my opinion. But sometimes some of them are exaggerating in some aspects: putting religious stickers in their car’s back glasses or switching to putting on channels broadcasting only koran (Now most TV stations became TV servers as we see just non-live programs!) or even wearing the…I won’t say Islamic wear!…It’s a mixture of Afghan wear with sneakers & long socks (!) I won’t say about some women wearing niqab hiding their face or not (Moroccans call them “Ninja” & me “Belphegor”). The funniest thing is that you can see a young couple walking together with these stuffs. Sometimes I ask myself whther they use it as disguise or really married. Although people show themselves religious, but some of them don’t some ethical aspects related to Islam as saying truth or avoiding gossips & hypocrisy. Not surprised if the problem is not religion but people. Thank you wahabbism & petrodollars!
And there many, many, many stuffs that make me very angry to despair!! Waiting for the day people will revise themselves & stop making silliness. Maybe they’ll do it one day: tomorrow or in 200 years”
Mona’s commentary to Mouad’s post:
1. I learned about sex in science class in middle school.
2. I lived a sheltered life as well, but I broke out of it when I realized that I am stubborn as a goat and not normal.
3. I don’t watch TV much. It’s all a bunch of crap censored or extremely exaggerated by the station’s owner.
4. I still watch cartoons because adults suck!