Lebanon: Change Should Come From Within

Let me start off by stating that I am Not a supporter of either the 8th or 14th political parties…

This is Lebanon.
With all due respect, This is NOT Algeria, NOT Egypt, NOT Tunisia, NOT Yemen, NOT Iran. I stand in awe and respect in front of what the fellow Arab and non-Arab youth is doing. The long overdue revolutions are a much needed ray of light that has been cutting through the dim and dark regimes. These dictators and their systems have held back the potential of their people for so many years. Until one fateful morning in Tunisia where the masses decided that enough is enough and took things into their own hands. The rest will be for the history books to write and for the coming generations to read, learn and aspire to.
But…
This is Lebanon. The Arab revolutions’ model would NEVER be applied to this beloved country. Yes we have problems. Yes we suffer from obnoxious politicians but then what? It’s not me surrendering to the reality we are in. This is me saying that change in Lebanon must come from within. Not within the country in general, but from within each individual person. Be the change you want to see around you and spread that energy, more like live/eat/breathe that energy… We don’t need bloody streets or charred buildings and cars. We don’t need to look at Beirut from far away to see black pillars of smoke dominating its skyline.

A view of Beirut's seaside - Still under development

Hell, I know I enjoy seeing the lights on those rooftops every night during summer a lot more! Here in Lebanon, we’ve seen it all. Even me who’s only 25 years old, I’ve seen and experienced things first hand that I NEVER would have imagined seeing or experiencing. Scenes that echo those stories we heard so many times  about the 1970’s and the 1980’s. But then what? So what? Do I need to add to those scenes and images? Or should I work every day to distant this country from the stereotype we’ve been stuck in since the dreaded civil war years. Wake up people. In Lebanon there is no dictatorship we can overthrow. There is a state of mind of a nation. We don’t have one ideology that’s ruling and many others lagging behind. We have an ultra dynamic, sometimes violent wheel of constant changes. This is the least we can expect with the diversity of the building blocks of the Lebanese society.

Image from Beirut Central District - Via AGEEL on Flickr

As a people, we never got anything substantial out of following this or that politician or their so-called “political parties”. So just go on with your lives. You want to make a change, start by yourselves and with those around you and set an example so good that others would want to follow your footsteps of change.
In Lebanon, if it’s something good, the rest will follow… Sooner or later!
So cheers to Lebanon and to all the people of Lebanon for doing what they do best: Surviving with a big fat smile on their faces!

To conclude, here’s something inspiring for your entertainment

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10 Responses to Lebanon: Change Should Come From Within

  1. With all dues respect.. i understand your sentiment, but we cant assume people will change themselves without a changing force, because people aren’t all initiators, people in masses are followers and if they find a force that can lead them to change they will follow.. just like they follow now.. this is the normal structure of societies a few lead and many follow.
    people have tried hard to tell people that change comes from within, but its not enough.
    Also, assuming that a revolution in Lebanon will lead to blood on the streets? Tunis, Egypt? who spilled that blood… not the people.. the thugs.
    in lebanon we cant fear a few hundred thugs.. because in reality every household owns a gun, if not more. and therefore, the decision must be made to let go of our powers and differences and march in Peace for the end of this political charade we call a government.

    • fadyroumieh says:

      Due to how the Lebanese society is put together, there will always be a large number of people who are unhappy with the way things are going. whether it is from the ruling parties or the opposition at the time, or the minority of neutral crowds…
      We cannot keep dragging this country into stand-stills every couple of days.
      People should be focusing on what matters more in their practical lives. Focus on themselves, personal development, work, family, friends, life… We all live in Lebanon and we all know the amazing opportunities this country has to offer despite of all the turmoil and even in its darkest times.
      Why not put our effort into leveraging the potential we have as a people?
      If the new generation is one of proactive entrepreneurs and leading minds, then after a while, the ruling “elite” will find that more and more people are turning their backs to their empty promises and medieval-aged policies.
      This is the time for Lebanon to go past those conflicts and this is the time for us, the Lebanese youth, to show the so called “leaders” in this country that no one really cares about what you all do/say and that we have other, better things to worry about.
      After all the years of street marches and protests and sit-ins, I am absolutely AGAINST any movements that take place on the streets. This country’s had enough paralysis.
      Start a political party… a 3rd player in the game that is Lebanese politics.. build on the aspiration to change and gather followers… Find a true leader who can take over the responsibility…
      Then EVERYONE would be behind such a movement… After all, who wouldn’t want to see a drastic change in the way things are done in Lebanon?
      Until then… !!

  2. Ramzi says:

    Fady, I do understand where you are coming from, but thats more nostalgic than the method you are criticizing:) you just demonstrated the most chronic problems in Lebanese: Lack of interest in collective work and overestimating the impact of individualism to change the world.

    I agree with you, we can’t clone others because Lebanon IS a different country. BUT we cant work as individuals hoping to beat collective domination. Guess what!We’ve been doing so for decades so far!

    I will have more saying about it today and pass it your way:)

    • fadyroumieh says:

      Ramzi, I also understand your point of view…
      But the fact is that in Lebanon we don’t have a single dominant idea we need to beat. we have a good dozen!
      Any collective action will leave at least half of the population on the side and those not taking part of the collective action will feel targeted by it.
      Even if the collective action claims neutrality and is motivated by a fresh vision and aspiration to a much better future.
      I wouldn’t be opposed to collective action, but ONLY if it’s not in the streets of Beirut. How is that possible? Refer to my reply to the previous comment right before yours!
      Will be waiting for more from you as you said!
      And thank for coming to my blog!

  3. Wow! Its pleasantly surprising how someone in another part of the world holds the exact same views as me for his country as I do for mine!

    I too, am incredibly proud of what our Arab brothers and sisters have done and wholly support them but I believe with that, many countries have just perceived this notion that a revolution is the only solution for the problems they face too and that includes my nation.

    While there may be commonalities of some of the prediacments between our nations and of Tunis and Egypt, I reiterate surface similarities are not ground realities!
    There is much contrast between the state of our countries and of those two valiant Arab nations.

    I’ve always written on my blog and would write here also, the change must stem from within!
    As individuals, we must all strive to work with sheer dedication and honesty for the betterment of our homelands and with these individual efforts – the result will be a country-wide change and that would be a revolution for us!

    Glad to have stumbled upon your blog, great posts!

    Much regards and respect from Pakistan (:

    • fadyroumieh says:

      Hafsa thank you for your kind words!
      I believe that with persistence, motivation, peace and exceptionally good quality efforts, any change is possible!

      Thank you again for coming to my Blog!

  4. Danielle says:

    “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi

    I live by the quote every single day. Great post Fady.

  5. Jo says:

    I heart your craftiness in wording your bleugg!

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