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.
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.
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.
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