Important Notice

It is not my intention to denigrate Saudi Arabia or its people. It’s like everywhere else, there is good and there is bad. I would rather focus on the unusual and the humourous. Offence is not intended.

Politics
“The country is not perfect. The media cannot be trusted, mistreatment of religious minorities is common and there are some that live in fear.” You can decide for yourself whether that statement is about Saudi Arabia, the UK, or any country for that matter.
Religion

To quote the Joker, “Why can’t we all just get along?”

khalas.
That is all I will say about either subject.

Saturday, 14 July 2007

Brainwashed Saudis

I caught this clip from a Lebanese TV debate regarding women on Saudi television from Alien Memoirs.
The wonderfully articulate woman and the increasingly uncomfortable looking man make gratifying viewing. What was interesting was her claim that Saudis are brainwashed. Of course they are. The vast majority of Saudis are practically zombies. Automatons. Drones.
But so are the rest of us.
The English are brainwashed into believing that Britain is "great", the British Empire was a good thing, God will save the Queen
, Christianity is the way, and that innocents are dying for "democracy" rather than to make the rich even richer.
We have a noble and heroic spirit. Never was so much owed by so many to so few.

Americans are brainwashed into believing that America is "beautiful", the American Empire is a good thing, God will bless America, Christianity is the way, and that innocents are dying for "democracy" rather than to make the rich even richer.
They have a noble and heroic spirit. Remember the Alamo.

This is all nonsense.
Our schools don't teach us how to think, they teach us one version of events as fact. They want us to be patriotic, cause no trouble and pay our taxes. Free thinkers don't make good citizens nor good employees.
If you want to learn how to think for yourself you're on your own.
Brainwashed Saudis, brainwashed English, brainwashed everyone, I wish you luck.

13 comments:

Desert Flower said...

Very well put...great post~!

أبو سنان said...

Brilliant. I think that is what makes people who have traveled a lot and have open minds very different from the rest.

I am an American, but I dont think America is the best, I am completely aware of America's history and shortcomings.

I feel 100% willing and able to pull from and adapt the best from every culture that I encounter and leave the rest behind. I long ago forgot the idea that the way things are done back home is best.

My life is better for it.

Solomon2 said...

They have a noble and heroic spirit...It's all nonsense.

Do you think you would recognize nobility and heroism if you saw it?

eshda3wa said...

very true

but to realise that ur being brainwashed, its the first step to unwashing ur brain dont u think?

Feroz said...

Well said.

@eshda3wa - But how many people realise they are brainwashed? One here and one there, sadly, is not going to make a difference.

Anonymous said...

Brainwashing by choice and a complete societal brainwashing are two different things! Don't be so cynical.

Lilliy said...

I really like your post..
its every where and every country.. this is the way the governments of different countries protect their interest and their power over the people by making them believe its the ONLY way to live and anyone tells you other wise then THEY WANT TO BRAIN WASH YOU AGAINST OUR WAY OR LIFE AND OUR VALUES ( which of-course HAS to be the only way of life as they advocate it and try to brainwash with)
I believe in every country there is good values and traditions that has to be valued and kept to keep the society identity different from others.. thats the inner need in us to be individual and unique than others.. but times and generations change and what was accepted before might be working against our progress now and has to be changed and its part of the cycle of life that some things become only history and now no longer exist but we cant keep history and ancient forced on today any more.. we have to let go of some things that are proving to be working against the progress of a society..

karim said...

beautiful post.

-karim,India

Amy said...

I had a conversation like that with my dad, about how "government schools" are brainwashing children. It ended something like this...

But America is "beautiful", the American Empire is a good thing, God will bless America, Christianity is the way, and innocents are dying for "democracy" rather than to make the rich even richer.

Then: Why do you hate America so much? (dumbfounded)

desertexpert said...

Excellent analysis.

IF every person who travelled to a different country adapted to the culture of that country for even a short period of time, we would all be the better for it.

And, yes we are all brainwashed, until we choose to seek the truth, remove ourselves from the box.

Nice post. :)

Anonymous said...

Its funny how some people are still searching for the BEST PLACE aka THE PERFECT WORLD...

tehehehehe

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