Friday, May 23, 2008
Pulling Us Up by our Earlobes
One of my clients near Kever Benjamin is having trouble to receive the Municipality's permit to move in into his newly built house. The permit, called Form 4, synthetizes an infinite number of specific lesser permits, such as the fire fighters, the civil defense, the water and sewage department, the traffic department, the environmental union, and so on. One of this specific permits is unachievable. The owner is running after it for the last six months but the relevant department is unmovable. He asked me to help. The department is peopled by Russian immigrants, barely speaking Hebrew but with an encyclopedic knowledge of Israeli building regulations, and they are actually taking all that crap very seriously and demanding full compliance. They are yet unaffected by the Israeli mentality of "being reasonable". I talked to the Russians and they are not ready to lower or flexibilize their standards. No way. Throw down the building and build it anew according to the regulations. Simple as saying NYET. NYET.
In a way, they are admirable. They have pure and hard hearts, and demand reality comply with the high standards established in the rules. They are pulling us up by our earlobes to their lofty standards of perfection, they have accepted that their mission on Earth is to improve and perfect us Levantine natives, sure, sure, but who wants to be improved?