I live in a place that makes no sense even to itself… yet I love it.
Instead anchoring the Lebanese sense of civism, people speak and act based on which religious community they belong to. They also don’t think much of themselves as they rely on external parties to get things done.
People live in place where there is a majority of a certain religion, they go to its related schools, stores..talking about living with diversity.
Leaders build speeches based on their personal experiences and vision, not the people’s.
People follow leaders blindly.
Leaders are nearly viewed as unreachable gods instead of humans who make mistakes.
People get bought and sold depending on the politicians projects.
People don’t stand for their own ideas. The only common point between the leader and the people who follow him is his religion and few ideas, not the whole program (if there was any).
Men and women are believed to be different. If a woman marries to a non-Lebanese, she looses citizenship and can’t give her nationality to her children. The family of the husband has more rights on the children than the mother. Permission of the husband or the husband’s family in case he is deceased is needed in many cases including traveling.
Civil marriage doesn’t exist.
Nowadays, politicians are writing laws that says we have the right to our rights. And don’t let me get started about the people who made those laws..
Students learn things, and don’t find related jobs later.
You have to prove to the bank that you don’t need the money if you are applying for a loan.
To get to the hospital, you need to make a reservation before you get sick, even if it’s an emergency. If you are not covered, or can’t afford to pay, no one will come to your rescue.
Security is breached to a level, that anyone can commit the craziest acts on anyone, anywhere at any time of the day and get away with it.
Lebanese are more linked by blood and death than anything else. I barely know families who do not have beloved ones who have been murdered…
There is so much to say..but I will stop here, the purpose is not to list all the negative things that this country is suffering from…but an alarm to the necessity of being positively neutral.
Being unbiased, distinguishing the wrong from the right and actively doing something about it based on public interest. Please think about the being a Lebanese civilian..just for once!
Please take into consideration the tiny dimension of this country (10452 km2) while reading the following shocking numbers:
17 religious communities
40 daily newspapers
Over 100 banks
70% of the students are in private schools
35% of the Lebanese people are Christians (this is the highest % in all the Arab countries)
There’s 1 doctor / 10 people (in Europe & America there’s 1 doctor / 100 people)
The name LEBANON appears 75 times in the Old Testament
The name CEDAR appears 75 times too in the Old Testament!!
Beirut was destroyed and rebuilt 7 times (This is why it’s compared to the phoenix)
There’s 3.500.000 Lebanese in Lebanon
There’s 5.630.000 Lebanese outside Lebanon!!
Other interesting facts:
Lebanon was occupied by over 17 countries: (Syrians – Egyptians – Hittites – Assyrians – Babylonians – Persians – Alexander the great – The Roman Empire – Byzantine – The Arabian Peninsula – The Crusaders – The Ottoman Empire – Britain – France – Israel)
Byblos is the oldest city in the world
Lebanon’s name has been around for 4.000 years non-stop (it’s the oldest nation’s name in the world!)
There are 15 rivers in Lebanon (All of them coming from its mountains)
Lebanon is one of the most populated countries in its archeological sites in the world
The only temple of Jupiter (The Main Greek God) is in Baalbeck (The city of the sun)
Lebanon is the country that has the most books written about it
Lebanon is the only non-doctoral country in the Arab world
Jesus Christ made his 1st miracle in Lebanon
The Phoenicians created the 1st boat ever
The 1st alphabet was created by Cadmus in Byblos
The Dye was created in Lebanon
Phoenicians reached America long before Christopher Columbus
The 1st law school was built in Lebanon
People say that the cedars were planted by God’s own hands (this is why they’re called god’s trees)