Herdle Aggression in Amman
Actually, I am not sure that this word even exists! And no I am not talking about animals behaving freakishly all of a sudden in Amman… I am talking about cars acting all freakishly!
I happen to hate aggressive people… they just make me angry, and I specifically hate people who inflict uncalled aggression for no reason at all. I can’t remember how many argument I got in during my Jahiliyat years (… non-driving years. So my personal calendar is divided in BD, AD… different from Anno Domini… for me it is Before Driving and After Driving) with people I was riding with, because they shouted at other people while driving. Today I realize the error of my ways. I sincerely want to apologize to all these people… one specifically… with whom I had countless arguments for aggressive comments while driving. You people were right… driving in Amman calls for aggressive language.
The truth is, in Amman driving can be easily considered an animal act. Vehicles act exactly like animals that are fighting instinctively for scarce resources… this could be time, street space, or green light… whatever resources are at that specific moment. The nonverbal signs are based on aggression, competition and jungle rules…
It is kind of difficult for me to understand that these vehicles are driven by people with sense and humanity… how do these people (including myself, I am learning how to become aggressive fairly quickly) transform from logical beings into illogical beings, just by getting into their cars? At which point does the switch happen? Is it the moment we turn the key? Is it when the wheels start driving? Is when we come in contact with the first car? When?
The point is I find myself shouting at people, and practicing an amazing willpower in order not to give at least three people the finger, every time I get into my car!
Ohh something else, I now think that the utmost act of hypocrisy is when someone with slogans such as لا اله الا الله ( There is no God except Allah) all over their cars, roll down their windows and calmly toss their garbage in the street, as if the streets are a big trash can that have been developed for them to toss their garbage…. I just feel like shouting النظافة من الإيمان (Cleanliness is part of faith) from my window…. Obviously it is needless to explain that throwing garbabge is not acceptable from anyone… when I see a perfectly coiffed and made up woman throwing things from her window, I always get this mental image of her throwing banana on the floor of her living room… ( it is always a banana!) I wonder if this is indeed the case… why people in our culture who are so big on pickiness feel it is perfectly ok to throw things from their windows?
On a different note, I was just introduced to a Jazz singer called Diana Krall…. This woman has the sexiest voice ever… she really is cool.