Thursday, 10 December 2015

Why cannot people in Saudi Arabia stand in queue and wait for their turn?

When we learned the basic principles of how to read or write, it was something very new to us. We were too young to know whether what the services the elderly offered us would ever be of some use to us. That was then and this is now. Today, I can sense why reading and writing is so important. It helped me to educate myself, learn and increase my knowledge easily. This is an ongoing process that has no end. What I fail to understand however is why aren’t we offered the basic principles of discipline in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?

The answer is quite simple. We tend to prepare children how to run their lives once they grow up, but we fail to teach them the discipline of waiting for their turn. The topic of interest may seem to be very small, but it still makes a very good matter to talk about. Since we are the “responsible” of our society, it becomes our “responsibility” to teach the young ones of how they must appear when in society. Within the Kingdom, you will be bound to find offices, bus stops, shops, malls and other places crowded with people. You will be asked to make a queue so that everyone can have their turn, but you won’t find many following the principle.

Once at the Jeddah airport, there was a queue I had been in line for a long time along with a British middle aged man. That was the immigrations counter. I turned around to speak to my friend and out of nowhere, a woman fully covered in an abaya merged into the little space in front of me. Minutes ago she was long behind us with her teenage daughter. I tried to let the matter go, but my British friend found it unfair and exclaimed loudly in disapproval. That is when the woman and her daughter turned around to give us a stare and continued on eating their donuts.

Minutes later, they reached the counter and showed the passports that proved they were not for immigration. That’s when my British friend lost his control and demanded that they are switched to another counter since this wasn’t for them. That is when they asked the mother-daughter duo to switch to the next counter. What could be the reason that no one asks around if someone breaks a queue? Why it is that no one finds it important to maintain decorum? Perhaps the elementary schools within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia fail to offer their students how to wait and learn to share.

We cannot only blame the schools, but parents should be held equally responsible. This is a discipline that not only corrects society but will also prove beneficial for them. No matter how special your child may be to you, in the end he is just like the rest and should learn that. Once they can learn how to stand in lines and wait for their turn, they will know exactly how it feels to attain something they had learned to wait for. This is not about only Saudis, most of the expatriates living in Saudi Arabia are also part of this non discipline in culture.

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