Mind and muscles
Without going into anthropology, psychology, biology and all such sophisticated talk, let me talk about some real-life examples and specimens of people. Getting right to the point, anyone wishing to see young Indians or Filipinos living in GCC states can go to open yards in the early mornings on weekends and vacations to find Indians playing cricket and Filipinos playing basketball, although they are not tall enough. On the other hand, if you wish to see Arab youth from all Arab countries, you can go to cafes at night to find them cramming around shishas and floating in smoke.
I am writing about a real life example, and not opinions or views that can be manipulated and disagreed with. Sport seems too far from Arabs’ interest, and some of them might develop some passion for football only as a fan watching it on TV at home, diwaniyas or cafes. Whenever some of them decides taking up a sport, he would pick up the most lazy and sedentary ones, like playing cards or backgammon. I remember when I used to sail out to Kuwaiti islands in the early morning of a weekend, I only found Europeans and Westerners there. Kuwaitis never arrived before the sun was high up in the middle of the sky.
Is it possible that sport is one of the elements distinguishing Indians and Filipinos with skills, discipline, serious performance and productivity? Scientists have stressed the use of sports and its positive impact on physical intensity and mind abilities. Taking this mind-muscle link into consideration, can we, then, relate the retardation of Arab societies to lack of sports and physical activities?
Researchers at Illinois University in the US found that lack of sports activities was very harmful to brain neurotic cells and damages them, while physical activities protect the brain from deterioration.