The Simple Act Is Not So Simple

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

By the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Simple acts, according to my experience, are descriptive of a person’s inner thoughts, provided the right time and surroundings. I will try to prove it to you– as logically as possible.

     This may sound familiar if you ever read “the Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell.  I only read the chapter of “Broken Window Theory,” which was required for some class in college. I had a different experience, regarding this idea, than most of the students in the class, as well as the instructor. Combining the idea with my experience, I came to argue against the whole class that the theory suggests that people are intrinsically bad and evil, and they only want to find an escape. People liked the theory, but they hated what I said. What happened was what classically happens; the crowd of idiots wins. I had a difficulty explaining my position, partially because of I wasn’t given enough time to talk, but also because I developed this thought with very little words—mostly by relations and imaginary experiments. If I sound crazy for you already, don’t try to understand me; just, may be, try to understand what I say.

Capturing some of those unworded thoughts, I find it interesting how a human being can test himself against the odds of life before they ever happen. Even if they never happen, they can be passed on to next generations of thinkers. Standing in a neighborhood where a house with a broken window is found, a man is not “forced” to steal and break other windows. The man is solely liberated from the shackles of blame for doing something immoral. At that point it is the man’s choice what to do. There is no triggering of a behavior, as people say. It is actually a triggering of a quick thought and an examination of the surroundings. The man, afterwards, advances with whatever his person tells him to do.

The elements of the environment that triggers those quick thoughts and drops some of the shackles of moral obligations are not necessarily limited to broken windows. The amount of liberation is not also maximized every time. Those elements (or perhaps the states of those elements) can be cars, crowd motions, amount of people surrounding them, day of time, another human being and how they look, or even the amount of power in the man’s hand. The amount of liberation is can range from complete freedom to commit every single major sin in the book of Allah, Almighty,  to merely the use of your brother’s laptop without asking permission. Now that I think about it, the state of elements can also place extra shackles on the person experiencing them; like becoming shy, perhaps.

So far I have claimed that the theory is falsely attributed to triggering of a behavior not a triggering of a thought, that the severity of the behavioral change–that results from the thought– can be insignificant and can be extreme, and that the elements that trigger the thoughts can be any elements of any states in the environment. This is a generalization and abstraction of the theory, that allows me to transition to my point. What I have came to is that we can find indicators of a person’s inner thoughts based on their reaction of to certain event, or their observation of a certain elements. Those thoughts, as a result, can describe the person’s character, but not necessarily accurately. But they allow us to think about the human being as a thinker, not a reactor. People think, even if they are “unconscious” of their quick thoughts. I am not claiming anything. Thoughts can be very quick that, if you don’t take your time to question yourself, you might not know ever that you were actually thinking; hence not unconscious.

This thought is very interesting and useful. It aids me in many ways in understanding people around me, which is a thing that I do and I cannot help it. I should note that people’s eyes and bodies speak. I knew that, and I have used it. But some one put me in a very difficult situation that I came to wonder whether I am a sane person or actually completely out of my mind (I think I’m in the middle, if I may say).  That person drove me crazy. I fell in a sea of thoughts. Before I go insane (and get hemorrhoid from sitting all day), I decided to go out for a walk. It was 12:15 am. I got out of my building, and noticed an overcast of a woman (or a girl, if you will), walking on the curb, 300 feet away, through the dim light of the street. The light was dim; so, I could merely see a general morph and reminiscent of her. As a Muslim, you may know, I didn’t stare at her, either, because I am not allowed to. Anyways, I walked towards my car, to take some water out of the trunk. I looked back at her general direction, intending to walk at the direction she is coming from. When she came close to me, she looked at me, and scratched her head. This is a simple act, but the way she scratched her head and timing indicate that she is in trouble or scared from something; running from something. I almost asked, “what’s wrong?” But that wasn’t of my business. Beside, I might be really delusional as that person said or implied. So, I walk. At the corner of the street, I see a guy rushing left and right, with worry all over his face. I know it was him that she was running from. I stopped, before crossing the street. But he was quicker to ask me, “bro, did you see a skinny girl walking this way?” and pointed in the direction I came from. I stood their for good three seconds, then said, “yes.” I don’t know whether she stole something from him or if he is trying to kidnap her. But I don’t remember the guy’s face– nor the girl’s on that note. I thought for few seconds, and realized that he didn’t know where she was going. I tried to run after them, but they disappeared. Anyways; I was not delusional as I was told.
My theory really works. Thanks to Allah, who made me go through this incident. I am not delusional. I am smart enough to infer some unuttered things–not everything, but somethings. That person who called me delusional is wrong; and they know it.

I don’t mean to be arrogant, even if it comes like it. I welcome criticism and advice, anytime and all the time.

If made a mistake, then it is solely mine and the shaytan’s. If I said something correct, it is from the support and guidance of Allah.



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