Saturday, May 19, 2007

Is That All There Is, My Friend...?


...If that's all there is, then let's keep dancing...
With all of the money being thrown into mall-building in Kuwait, it makes me wonder about motive. I mean, I am not a paranoid person, but you know the ol' shell trick? The magician occupies the audiences attention while he switches the coin under the shell. I just wonder why do Kuwaitis need to occupy themselves by buying? I know we do it here in the States too, but there are many other diversions and pursuits too. And after all, doesn't consumerism leave people empty and ultimately depressed? Wouldn't money be better spent building better schools, libraries, parks, museums, auditoriums, etc.? And so, I wonder whom all of this benefits? To whom is it important that people are continuously engaged in a shopping frenzy? And why?

8 comments:

slartybartfarst said...

Your comments are absolutely on the nail, Carly. And I think your assessment is correct, most (if not all) Kuwaitis are pretty empty, aimless. Their driving epitomises lack of purpose, lck of destination. They don't know where they are going. It would be a pleasure to give you any help I can, feel free to contact me whenever.

Stinni said...

Yes, let's build gigantic malls while people don't even have streets in their neighborhoods.

I was just talking about this the other day. Malls are a wonderful diversion, yes, but where are the parks? How about indoor miniature golf? Indoor skiing? Something other than feeding the pockets of the greedy few would be nice.

It would nice to have streets and a park or two in my neighborhood. The dust we have here due to lack of streets is aweful. My children have to take liquid Zyrtec most nights. We also are living off of septic tanks, water tanks and not all of us even have phone lines.

Government schools and hospitals are in a sad state.... I could go on but you'll get to see what I'm talking about when you get here.

P.S. Are you going to be living with the in-laws or getting a place of your own?

Carly said...

Hey slarty,
Thanks for the comment. That is a sad statement though. I would allow that many Americans also live similar lives of 'quiet desperation'. Do you have a blog? Your profile is turned to off.

Stinni,
Good to 'see' you again. What you said is frightening; although, I have heard similar recounts from others. There has to be some hope somewhere??? But, alas, perhaps it is *not* like the US in that if there is enough public outcry, things would change?

We are not going to be with the in-laws. We tried that once, when I was there many moons ago for several months...not-so-good! :) I emailed you. Did you get it?

slartybartfarst said...

Hi again, I don't know why my profile is off, I'll check it out. I am Life in a Duststorm and my URL is booj.blogspot.com.
The breast feeding thing was published in one of the local English language newspapers as well as some Arabic ones. The Fatwa was issued by Dr Ezet Attiyah of Al Azhar University.

Carly said...

Oh, ok, Slarty, sorry. I would love to talk to you about schools. Should I just ask on your comments section?

slartybartfarst said...

go ahead, grill me, but email me on slartybartfarst@gmail.com

Desert Girl said...

The owners of Showbiz were about to create a big new indoor entertainment complex and yet again, the government managed to squash it. The Asousi family has owned Showbiz forever - way before one of the brothers became a minister. Some people do want to do good things for the country - and then they get slammed down.

Welcome to Nairobi, Kuwait. Committees have been formed to study committees which have been formed to fight corruption.

Carly said...

Thanks, DG. It sounds like something out of a novel, doesn't it? You know, somehow I don't think "Insha'Allah" was meant for how it's used over there. I will try to remain hopeful. I will try to remain hopeful. I will try to remain hopeful...