news, any kind of news. The sickness gets worsened among those who do not travel overseas, orseldom leave the Saudi soil. If you have ever befriended any of them, you should know what Imean. Back home, the condition of their men-folks is a bit better. That is, Now. Just 50 years back, theywere in no better condition. They suffered from Information Anxiety in almost the same degree asthe women-folks. As compensation, every evening they would gather and gossip over the smokefrom their shisha. * * * Arabia then and Arabia now.....Not that there has been no change whatsoever, things have changed, but at a very low pace. Thisis particularly true with the part of Arabia controlled by the royal family of King Saud, the Saudis -Saudi Arabia. Anxiety is a Psychological Disorder. Normally, we do not detect it until it takes the form ofsickness. A person suffering from Anxiety Disorder may take 6 months or even years, dependingon his or her body defenses and immune system, to show medically detectable physicalsymptoms. Until then, he suffers mentally and emotionally. Those of us striving to transfer the culture and customs of Arabia to Indonesia - must understandthat with their culture and customs, we shall be importing their sicknesses. Indeed, in ourignorance we may have done that already. There are districts where Arabic culture and customs,language and dress-code have been introduced and enforced with the consent of the localauthorities and blessings of political parties in power. Ignorance of our leaders and blindness ofour people, alas, may result in the destruction of entire society. Destruction of the society begins with conflict in the minds of people. And, this conflict can alreadybe seen by the people with eyes to see. This conflict can already be smelled and sensed by themore sensible people of our society. These are the people who must now "raise" their voices. Justspeaking about it in the seminars will not do. Discussions with people of similar mind-frame will notsolve any problem. By raising the voice, I mean that they must go down the streets and sweat abit. Talk to the commoners whose minds have already been poisoned. If the Society must grow and progress, than the free flow of information cannot be stopped. Itshould rather be directed wisely in order to bring about transformation and change for thebetterment of the society. We have certain cultural values which are universal, which are stillrelevant. While holding on to them, we must also welcome modernity. Norms, customs, andtraditions, especially the foreign ones which were in the past forced upon us in the name ofreligion, and hindering our present growth and progress must be given up. High time we leave "Apa Kabar" in favour of our own "Rahayu" meaning Peace and Prosperity, orwhatever form of greeting that is more in line with our natural texture. Shunning "apa kabar" infavour of our own form of greeting, is not just shunning of a greeting. It is the shunning of all andeverything that is not in line with our nature which is already sublime and divine. It is the shunningof a disease.