Many Ammanies lack loyalty in a macro way , their motto in life is ‘The old king is dead… Long live the new king’. They are more loyal to the tribe, the immediate family than their loyalty to a nation or an ideology. For example if X has a factory and advertised his need for a CEO or a General Manager, two applicants are screened Y is a Harvard graduate with 10+ years of experience who is not related to X. Z is X’s brother; a high school drop out ‘ bi3rash Allah wain 7a6o’. Logically X must choose Y, but he chooses Z why??? Because a Jordanian can’t say NO to his brother even at the expense of a financial loss, and no ‘outsider’ can control or get access to the family’s ‘assets’. PURE BS but unfortunately true.
Ammanies constantly say ‘only if I could be in power for a day or week and i’ll fix everything’. The second his sweaty ass touches ‘the chair’ all visions of ‘change, modernization, better future for our children’ jumps out the window, and stealing what’s left of ‘resources’ starts at the speed of light. There are decent officials or ones who stole less than others, but they are invisible in the forest of greed. It’s sad that couple of mansafs are capable of buying one’s dignity.
‘ My grandpa was the 1st person to purchase a Mercedes Benz, or he was offered Jabal Amman for 5 jds in 1920′. I’ve heard those two statements on numerous occasions from totally different Ammanies; from various walks of life. I guess the only way to settle this dilemma is to check the land registration department and the licensing directorate, because it’s impossible that Jabal Amman or Weibdeh was ‘showed’ to ‘kol shyoo5 o ahil il urdon’.
Once an old lady of 75 years old told me her theory about the Jordanian Mentality and embezzlement. She said ” I think its related to the Bedouin way of life; where the concept of private property doesn’t exist. The land is all yours and you have a duty toward your tribe and cattle to find an area with water and grass for the cattle, and your duty is to attack/fight other tribes and loot their properties while defending yours.” This theory could be true, the lack of a sense of private property is a major problem in one’s psyche. ‘ ili ma beeji shab3an min bait ahlo…. massari il dinya ma bitshab30’.
– To be continued-