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I Give You a Man’s Word (QSAY PIAW BE)

Many philosophers believe that man is the best creation on earth because of his ability to speak, communicate, and express himself, while other philosophers say that it's because of his ability to think that makes man different than any other creation on Planet Earth. Therefore, thinking and articulating speech put us humans on top of all other animals.

In fact, thinking and talking are our best ways of communicating with each other. We are in charge of whatever comes out of our mouths. It's important to balance our words and deliver them with care and caution. It is said that we own words until we utter them, then the listeners will own them. Talking is easy, but taking it back is not. The only way to avoid words that you may regret later is to speak only the truth in the right time to the right people. The value of our word is how much we keep it, and this value is worth our self-esteem.

In Kurdish culture, when someone wants to confirm his word and honesty, he will say, "Qsay Piaw Be," which means, I give you a man's word. The word that is true will be honored, but empty promises won’t be. This proverb goes back to a time when the majority of people were illiterate. They had no documentation to keep records of agreements and contracts. People loaned each other money and exchanged goods, and made peace and alliances with each other, through word of mouth only. In my culture, the one who doesn't honor his promise and doesn't keep his word is not considered a real man, because a real man is someone who sticks to his word and keeps his promise.

Notably, in the time of this proverb there was no such thing as the women’s movement or activists, yet it's obvious that all things pertaining to men also included women. Historically, Kurdish women in the Middle East worked out of their homes and participated in every social framework more than non-Kurdish women in the area. This is because of the nature of the Kurdish environment, which allowed for both men and women to be farmers. In fact, the Kurdish women lived a peshmerga's way of life. Their beauty was always in their manners and hard work instead of in their external appearance.

10/06/2010