Knowledge like vaccination stimulates the mind and helps man reach advancement. Swindlers, modern or old, can easily deceive a superficial mind.
Kazim, an Afghan, is a good example of 21st century vandalism. Presently, he is a refugee, hiding in the niches of a small construction site with zero identity documents to escape extortion or deportation.
He, 33/34, claims to have at least a wife back home. He has a 6-year old son whom Kazim seems to miss. In his clandestine trip to Afghanistan, his second child was born. He seems not to miss this child, because it is a female. He does not know what her name is. He contacts his father via cell phones, but not his wife, a taboo!
His recollection of life in Afghanistan conveys mixed feelings and messages. His father, according to him, a petty well-to-do person, owns several tracks of land, of course, with insufficient irrigation water. Moreover, the father owns orchards and cattle.
He says Taliban, in groups of 20 on motorbikes, frequent his village. While in Afghanistan, once Taliban visited their home. Taliban after arrival split in two and half quickly left the house for another destination! Somehow NATO forces in Afghanistan were tipped off and they promptly air raided the house while Taliban were staying there. Kazim, the refugee, says they had a very aggressive big dog that scared everybody to death. However, when the raid began, the dog disappeared for several days, hiding in a deep hole, due to stunning effects of bombs and shells. Taliban were totally wiped out. Kazim did not refer to any family causality.
In defense of Taliban, he refers to their abstaining from extortion or forcing their desire on females of the house. When asked if Taliban's visit to the house was avoidable, the reply was negative. Additionally, he said they demanded his father to let his son, Kazim, join Taliban! His father refused. After the father's refusal, Taliban demand the father to buy and deliver an assault rife for Taliban, instead. To Kazim these demands were not extortion.
Kazim's first job, after becoming a refugee, was to serve tea at the house of a religious VIP in the neighboring country. He says the palace, or rather the guesthouse, lacked any TV, local or satellite. The only piece of modern technology in the house was a transistor radio, probably to listen to BBC, as they owe a lot to this broadcaster in 1978-9! Kazim says many so-called educated people, or rather the corrupt exploiters who practically have usurped power, crowded the house to receive his guidelines.
Lastly, Kazim backed up his view by saying once earth was flat like a piece of paper, constantly moving round and round, until God decided to fix the problem. He drove mountains like nails into the earth. When prompted God needed another hard surface to drive nails to, Kazim showed a sign of fatigue, but, anyway, continued, "Don know! 'tis God's Power".