Ghathanfar Al‐Kindi, 73, a soft‐spoken part‐time Arabic instructor at WCC, sits in a small cubicle in the part‐time faculty commons. When asked these questions, Al‐Kindi shares his thoughtful responses.
Q: What is your favorite type of music and why?
A: Arabic music and classical music. I don’t like noise.
Q: What, in your opinion, is your most interesting hobby?
A: Reading, writing, and sports, especially soccer (like Real Madrid and Barcelona).
Q: What advice would you give your younger self?
A: Look to the future optimistically, because you are going to build the future.
Q: What questions would you ask your older self?
A: Are you satisfied? And my answer would be yes.
Q: If you had a chance to, what famous figure, living or dead, would you want to sit down and have lunch with?
A: Nelson Mandela, because he’s a man of peace and reconciliation.
Q: What is your motivation to get through the day? What gets you out of bed in the morning?
A: To feel that I’m still alive, still living. After leaving my bed, I’d like to do something other than still sitting.
Q: What is the most rewarding experience of your life?
A: Respect with the people I know. I respect the people I know, and people I know respect me.
Q: What is the highest item on your bucket list?
A: To make any contribution I am able to that makes this world better and better. To achieve, as far as possible, that people will live with love.
Q: What was the best meal you ever had and where?
A: In my country, Iraq, I love to eat tashreeb. I used to eat it when my mother cooked it, before she passed. I love her so much, she was a great woman.
Q: What would you say to people who seem to worship celebrities?
A: They are free to do so