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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Submissive Resilience

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Remember the "Egyptian Are Know For..." post that I did a couple of days ago? (I thought so: it is about querying google to know what people think that Egyptians are known for, basically)
Well, one trait that I found out turns to be quite, what should I say, amusing. It's the last one:
  • We Egyptians are known for our submissive resilience (here is the source. It is actually funny)
At first sight it doesn't sound very flattering. But at second sight, it seems even worse. Nothing puts it into perspective better than this comment by the ever insightful Ossoss:
Resilience: The property of a material that enables it to resume its original shape or position after being bent, stretched, or compressed.

That means that Submissive resilience is: The ability to recover from submission without enduring any harm. This leads to individuals who don't mind submission. In other words, the ability to submit an infinite number of times. An admirable trait :).

Umm...is it just me or does this really sounds like Egyptians.

Our whole modern discourse is sometimes criticized for the "sound bite"-culture (taking a sound bite out of its context and drawing conclusions depending on that; which is exactly what I did) But coming to think about it, this is not actually a very bad thing. What was once only a sentence in an article, had morphed, through abstraction, into a topic of discussion, which may end up helping us understand ourselves a little better. This, or me winning a Nobel prize, I still don't know.
Anyways, following this line of thinking, I think that we should wear those t-shirts during the ACN matches: "We lose with resolution!"

Moved on!

2 Comments:

Hi Toman!

I loved your original post, but I don't understand why you are frowning upon this last trait, which I think is the most impressive of them all:

"Resilience: The property of a material that enables it to resume its original shape or position after being bent, stretched, or compressed.

That means that Submissive resilience is: The ability to recover from submission without enduring any harm. This leads to individuals who don't mind submission. In other words, the ability to submit an infinite number of times. An admirable trait :)."

A stick that does not bend, breaks under the pressure. We, whatever else material we are made of, are capable of bending, stretching... and yet the key here is evolving, and assuming our original shape, flavour...culture, and what we hold dear (our sweet baklawa, for example:-).

You must admit that it is quite impressive that we managed to Egyptianize even Mcdonalds, this curiously funny symbol of "cultural imperialism" and capitalist globalization, according to many a deranged people... with our incorporation of our ta'meya and kofta sandwiches into their evilly imperialistic menu.

Don't let Ossoss' concluding impression mislead you, although I loved the original quote:-)

By Blogger Seneferu, at January 20, 2006 2:43 AM  

who said i am frowning upon this?. I think this the truest of all the traits. But you have to admit that as admirable as our resilience is, the submission part tends to overrule most of the time...which I dont think is that admirable

By Blogger Tomanbay, at January 20, 2006 10:56 AM  

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