- Kuwait Times Extra
In Germany, a man can approach authorities to report his friends for tax evasion.
In Kuwait, a citizen can find multiple ways to abuse public funds by avoiding payments of electricity, water and phone bills, in addition to traffic violations through wasta (unlawful mediation), as well as skipping work while receiving their pay in full at the end of the month.
*When someone decides to buy a small house for his family in the countryside away from the city noise, this man is most probably from Switzerland.
But if you find someone willing to pay double the price for a house located on a main road with an extension built illegally on state property that he later uses as a warehouse, that man is definitely Kuwaiti!
*A Korean citizen would never even eat Japanese food, because that would be considered treason due to the suffering his country was subjected to by Japan in World War II.
A Kuwaiti citizen, on the other hand, spends the entire day criticizing Iran and giving reasons why he believes Iran is his country’s mortal enemy, then heads the same night to the nearest Iranian restaurant to gulp down as much chelow kebab as he can possibly eat.
*A typical Malaysian man helps his wife with her issues so that both can enjoy a peaceful time of rest in their home.
A typical Kuwaiti man claims to know the best ways to resolve the problems of all women in the world, but shows frustration at his wife’s “endless problems” when she approaches him with a slight issue.
*A Tanzanian man would tell you that the person who understands him the most in life is his wife. A Kuwaiti man would tell you that his wife never understands him, then goes on with stories about how his wife isn’t at the same advanced intellectual level as he claims to be. Despite all that, we still love the Kuwaiti man.
*If you meet a man who believes in what he does and does only what he believes in, I’d figure this man is likely from Sweden.
If you meet someone who demands that his country is “cleaned from all impurities” that include alcohol, parties, and “suspicious mix-gender gatherings”, then spends the weekend in Dubai’s hotels, I’d figure he’s Kuwaiti.
*If you go to Luxemburg and share a conversation with one of its citizens explaining problems you noticed which need to be addressed, he’d thank you for your criticism.
If you come to Kuwait and complain to a citizen about the hot weather, he’d direct you to the airport and tell you to take a one-way ticket on the next flight out of the country.
*In England, football fans watch their country’s Premier League every week, and take great pride in the teams they follow and their history.
In Kuwait, football fans do watch the Premier League every week, in addition to the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A, and the German Bundesliga, and know every bit of detail about the scores, standings and players in each league.
*An Australian man would admit he isn’t an expert in everything, and would only speak about subjects he has enough knowledge about.
A Kuwaiti man needs to spew his knowledge in every topic, as he would argue with the car mechanic that his vehicle doesn’t need much repair, and with the doctor about what prescription is best for his condition.
*If an Indian boy asks his father about something, the man either explains the matter or simply says “I don’t know” if he isn’t well informed about it.
If a Kuwaiti boy asks his father, for example, “What’s secularism?” the man would confidently say “it means blasphemy” and end the conversation.
*”My father was a simple farmer who taught me the importance of hard work and respect. He died in the war while defending his village” – a story you’d hear from a Vietnamese man.
“My father taught me how to be a man, and my grandfather taught me all about courage. Without my father and grandfather, there wouldn’t be a country called Kuwait today” – a Kuwaiti man’s story about his ancestors.
By Jaafar Al-Rujaib
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