- 14 Mar 2002
I've personally met and socialized with a number of arabs as well as persians and kurds. I think the communication possible with these people is highly limited to everyday, harmless things. Very superficial relationships. I don't see how any serious dialogue is possible other than talking about the weather and football.
It seems the only thing you have no aversion to are generalizations...
First of all, the people you have come across in Sweden are likely to be economic migrants. Have you ever asked yourself about their educational background? If they were all "lawyers and doctors" they wouldn't have to enjoy the courtesy of European hospitality. I was fortunate to have spent 14 years in the ME. Arab and Persian societies are fascinating and amazingly multifaceted. And as "superficial" as any other society.
Also, the topics of football, the weather, and family, to name just a few, are conversational icebreakers all over the globe. The weather is definitely the most common starter here in Japan. How often do you discuss Hegel and Schopenhauer with someone you have just met in a bar or on the train?
On a side note, I don't even like football. I consider it as a recreational pleasure for the spiritual lower classes of the industrialized world, and a way of life for those without dreams.
I am sure as part of the spiritual upper class you would indulge in golf, polo, and tennis at best, wouldn't you?
You are sitting on a very high horse, but I'm afraid what you leave behind here on the forum is nothing but condescending and intolerant horsecr*p.