Never Forget!. . .(light cream, no sugar)
As a result, Dubai Eye TV news special reports, student PowerPoint presentations, the ubiquitous heritage villages are constantly going on about preserving the past which seems in comparison to my culture, a distant almost Biblical past--that just so happens to be in relatively recent memory.
And the symbol of that heritage, the emblem of their communal, collective consciousness, that tie that binds. . . is coffee.
We have our flag and it represents the first thirteen colonies--a generation going back many, many, many generations to those who had big brass balls, told their King to sod off then went on to forge our civilization by the sweat of their brows, the shedding of blood-theirs and whose ever got in their way.
Gulf Arabs, a fiercely proud, loose confederation of bedouin tribes have their "Never Forget" eternal flame. It's the coffee pot. The coffee pot is their Fleur de Lis, their Liberty Bell, their Lion and Unicorn. They erect monuments to it throughout every city in every souvereign oil rich state. It seems to be proclaiming: Lest we forget, by the grace of God, we bear witness that coffee is the absolute representation of this dominion, and no other beverage ought to be of any consequence within this sacred realm.