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What’s the difference between guilt and shame?

I would like to direct you to this simple article on the difference between guilt and shame.

An excerpt:

You would be better off being friends with a guilt-prone person than a shame-prone person. Trusting someone who is incapable of feeling guilt is a recipe for disaster. For a person to feel shame, they have to be caught; a person who can’t bear the feeling of being disgraced in another person’s eyes isn’t going to be forthcoming with the truth. You might think that shame-prone people would come around faster once they were caught, but you’d be wrong. Guilt is relieved by addressing the problem and asking for forgiveness. Shame makes people withdraw, run away, fly into a rage, or try to change the story. They don’t want to own up to the problem and correct it, because their first priority is pretending it never happened in the first place.

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In just a few paragraphs, it perfectly illustrates the underlying problem of Jordan.

A culture of 3eib.



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Stop Yourself from Referring to the Abdali Project as “Downtown”. It Is Not Downtown.

The Abdali project will be opening its doors tonight, after a decade of work. Even if it turns out to be the coolest thing in the world (and it might), try to make a conscious effort to not refer to the new Abdali project as “downtown”. That’s a marketing game, and the winners are the marketeers and the Saudi/Lebanese investors.

You know who the loser would be? You, I, and the heritage of our city.

We already have an amazing downtown Amman (elbalad) thats been inhabited from around 6,500 B.C.

Money can never create anything as beautiful and meaningful as the citadel in downtown Amman. It’s one of the oldest continuously-inhabited spots in the world, representing significant civilizations that stretched across continents and prospered for centuries, as one empire gave rise to the next. It is a part of the heritage of mankind.

The most high-tech stage will never compare to the 2000-year-old Roman amphitheater in downtown Amman, the most obvious and impressive remnant of Philadelphia. It’s ancient history playing out right in front of your eyes.

And no matter how delicious it is, no restaurant will ever be able to compete with the charms of the restaurants in downtown Amman, like Hashem, Habiba, Balat Al-Rashid, Central, and Al-Quds.

It’s not that I mind the Abdali project. On the contrary: I am actually quite excited, especially for open-air shopping and perhaps one or two new places to go out to.

But I have major issues with the attitude of foreign investors arrogantly marketing their project as “the new downtown” when we already have a gorgeous downtown.

Make a conscious effort to refer to the Abdali project as what it is: the Abdali project, مشروع العبدلي, the Abdali Boulevard, or whatever else.

We already have a downtown Amman, البلد, and thank you very much, we don’t want a new one.



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The Logo Evolution of AlQuds: “Village Style” to American Diner to Gaming Center

Another chapter in the hilarious rebrandings of Falafel Al-Quds, which now looks like a gaming center:

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Take a look at the history here

Via BeAmman



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Farewell, Seventh Circle, for now

I can’t say I’ll miss you.

But that doesn’t matter. This is Amman, after all.

In 15 years or so, the government will probably build you up again, like they did with the Fourth Circle.

It’s a story of taking apart and rebuilding our circles in this city anyhow.



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Support JoBedu!

The GENIUS JoBedu is up on Eureeca with a call for crowd funding.

Go ahead, support the awesome tribe: http://eureeca.com/Crowd-funding-pages/FrontEnd/Pitch/crowd-investment-pitch.aspx?PID=10018&utm_source=JoBedu&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=130326JBFB

YALLA! Do it :)



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Adopt a Pet This Saturday

Do you want to adopt a cute little dog or charming kitten? Now is your chance…

Come adopt a pet in need this Saturday at the Pet Adoption Day. Here’s more info and the location:

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