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Thomas; A Message by Dr Hadi Eltonsi


Tue 28 May 2024 | 11:01 PM
By Dr. Hadi Eltonsi, Former Ambassador And Medical Doctor

A German man came two years ago to a Hungarian village where I live, after one of his compatriots brought him in to do construction and handicraft work in his home, even though he is a university student and a teacher in his country for general and technical training and is in his forties. 

He liked living in the village and did similar work for a number of its residents, including me, as well as teaching his language to refugees in Austria. 

I noticed in him a friendliness and curiosity for socializing and talking about Egypt, where he had previously spent a week, specifically in Hurghada. He even started asking me about the possibility of working in German schools and in one of the agricultural societies that an Egyptian had founded after his return from Austria.

One day, I had questions about his motivation for moving and doing multiple jobs in several countries, and the reason for his seeking to work in Egypt, so we talked at length.

In his twenties he traveled to several European countries, but in addition to Egypt, he felt that he wanted to benefit from the tourism of the East, so he visited Malaysia and Singapore, and befriended Chinese as well, and noticed their diligence and passion for work and learning, their integrity, and their tendency to have fun in general . . After talking politically about our two countries, the Arab region, and the world, I decided to investigate the reason for this tendency toward the East and his choice of this volatile life while he was in middle age. 

I found that his maternal I found that his maternal grandfather had the same human tendency to search for a new alternative, which affected his mother, whose only Son was my friend, had the same human tendency to search for a new alternative, which affected his mother, whose only friend was my friend, so he had similar tendency, especially since his father was strict and did not express his feelings. He became independent from his family after high school, and worked to support his university education before working in general and technical teaching. It seemed to me that his passion toward the East was an extension of the tenderness and care that his mother gave him, away from traditional German strictness, and that he was searching in the East for himself to gain the feelings that he missed in his independence from his family.

Thomas is a product of his upbringing, but our world, which is becoming increasingly materialistic, intolerant, cruel and polarized, is in need of those who build bridges. 

Those who are open to the different other, to learn, serve and benefit, build a peace that we lack, restore a humanity that has been hidden, and enrich themselves and those who associate with them. Our world needs more humility and compassion, to love without arrogance, to give with humbleness , to mutual learning , and this is what he does even at the expense of his job and livelihood stability. It does not matter if his work is educational or manual, but rather what is important is that he does what he wants, and be himself, and that the journey of life be one of self-discovery, continuous learning, and peace with oneself and others. Thomas is a son of this world.

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