After several years dealing with the exquisite Arab culture of the Middle East, I have come to realize that it is currently the most noble and praiseworthy of cultures with which we can relate, mainly from the generations of our parents and grandparents, in order to learn from great mentors of our time, who forged nations no more than five decades ago.
Even though weeds exist everywhere, loyalty is an essential element for them; loyalty comes imprinted in their DNA, which deserves the respect of such a wealthy and cultured education that has preserved their legacy for generations until today.
Proof of this is religion. Beyond the fanaticisms existing in every one of the religions, the Koran always promotes peace, and respects and accepts whoever creates or follows any of the three books (Koran, Bible, and Torah).
For all those unfamiliar with Arab culture, would expressly ask readers to forget all kinds of stereotypes developed by authoritarian currents based on ignorance, which start from the objective of instilling in the population a culture of fear of the unknown or of what is a threat to its hegemony.
As readers may know, the Occidental World has been in perpetual crisis for years, very similar to the fall of the Roman Empire. In these times for Europe and America, the values have vanished, reaching the extreme point that when it comes valued between loyalty in family or friendship, in most cases, there is no option. It seems as if it were a matter of mixing oil and water to some individuals.
For this reason, in this diminishing Occidental society, loyalty tends to be destroyed in exchange for safeguarding the common good, tending to justify itself that it is for a greater good or a common benefit of the family the whole.
In this way, it is possible to see how children betray their parents, relegating them to oblivion, under the excuse of preserving the legacy of a company, to adapt it to the new times, reaching the extreme that mentors beg the attention of the trainees.
However, that common good is a pure fallacy. The common good in these cases is non-existent, the common good is solely the interest and personal ambition of each individual. In this way, the quote from Emiliano Zapata, who said that he preferred to die as a slave to principles, not to men, is understood to its full potential.
In this sense, each one of the beings who follow the apparent preservation of the common good forget and ignore the reason for their existence or their short history, taking the alien as their own, skipping the chain of command; or even throwing stones against his roof, despising and forgetting that any past time full of creativity was best.
The new business school culture is an excellent example of this. In schools and universities, new mind teachers (almost with no-founding experience) teach that leadership comes imposed, when in reality, leadership has to be earned.
Although all leadership may have lights and shadows, a leader is one who earns the respect of his subordinates, which imposes, but wisely, since he can do so by being the architect of an idea, the founder of a creation.
Today schools teach the new generations that from the beginning, they must show authority, making use of all titles and all that they are worth (or believe they are worth). What's more, the ridicule reaches the point that they offer themselves as better professionals than those who have founded a multinational or who have given them the job, even selling them to the enemy as incompetent founders.
However, all dogs know each other. That is what deserves to remember a phrase from the “Narcos” HBO series, where someone said that “the narcos always spoke of loyalty, except when they were in trouble.”
In contrast to Occidentalism, in countries of the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, or Jordan; dealing with leaders is usually very accessible and easy since loyalty and respect are paramount. The basis of education is to be noble and instill it in future generations.
The basis of Western education in these times is wrong. The first key is that a leader, a creator, is born, not made. He who lacks originality can never has to be compared to a Bill Gates, a Steve Jobs or an Amancio Ortega. Education – not necessarily university – only helps to empower leadership; leadership always based on loyalty.
The education of the right leader will always be based on loyalty and humility, two things born in the individual and that the ancestors help to preserve. As Paulo Coelho says, “loyalty can never be imposed by force, by fear, by insecurity or by intimidation. It is a choice that only strong spirits dare to make.”
The Arab culture, quite rightly affirms that any trust relationship needs years, born of humility and love, always hanging on the thread of loyalty. If loyalty is broken in a second, it will never be recovered. Of course, who is noble will never deny the greeting or despise the one who has failed him, simply will not give him any kind of appreciation or seek revenge.
Because the words of wise men are the best conclusion, it is needed to quote two great Europeans from another time. For those who are loyal at heart, encourage them by following the Spanish writer Ramón LLul (14th century) "who is loyal looks up with humility, and who is disloyal, with pride"; and for the disloyal to remind them that, as the 19th century Spanish Prime Minister Cánovas del Castillo said, “even the survival of a band of thieves needs reciprocal loyalty.”