Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Descarte's "Cogito Ergo Sum" (I think therefore I am) has been finally deleted from historical philosophical books. After a victorious win against their enemy, Lebanese citizens decided to confront each other, in the ugliest narcisstic way. "I am what my personal religious sect affiliation is" took over. When you witness a bitter war of words between young adults, each defending selfishly their religious fanatic affiliation, a shock of low self esteem feeling conquers whatever left of your soul. And you begin to question yourself. The perception of being isolated disarms your will. There is no place for you in this small universe, no place for those who naively still believe in the forces of good. It is with upmost disgust that I will try to portray a scene played by young actors, which we call the future generation.
  • Young Woman 1: Yaaay, I hate LBC, it reflects the Christian side with no regards for those who are dying.
  • Young Man 1: You are right. All what they think about is dancing and getting drunk.
  • Young Woman 2: We have the right to do whatever we want. It was not our war, anyway.
  • Young Woman 1: It is not your victory either.
  • Young Man 2: I don't know if this is what you call victory, with all the deaths and the destruction.
  • Young Man 1: At least we are not occupied by the Israelis nor by the Americans.
  • Young Man 2: You are right, we are occupied by the Syrians and the Iranians. I prefer to be an American state instead of being the loyal subject of those fanatics.
  • Young Woman 1: Anyway, we are the winners.
  • Young Man 1: And we should ban all TV stations except for Al Manar.
  • Young Woman 1: And especially LBC and Future.
  • Young Man 2: Yaaneh, all Christians and Sunnis?
  • Young Woman 1: Not all the Christians, you still have Michel Aoun to give you an inch of patriotism.
  • Young Man 1: And the Druze too, they are part of the "14th of March".
  • Young Woman 2: The "14th of March" freed the country from the Syrians.
  • Young Man 1: And Hezbollah freed the country from Israel.

I listened to them debating for half an hour... Then I left.

10 Comments:

Blogger ohcanada said...

A little of that "me against my brother, me and my brother against my cousin, me and my brother and my cousin against the stranger" eh? I know how you feel. I spent hours last night reading the comments on "Lebanese Bloggers" and I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. How can so many people not see the repercussions of sectarianism and racism? Humiliation so quickly grows into hatred.

2:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we don't want this "victory", we don't want syrian or iranian control of our country, we never asked for this war. It's simple as that. If people of a certain religious sect in Lebanon have the desire to commit themselves to martyrdom and the ummah, they can go do this without putting an entire people, an entire state in jeopardy. Go to Sudan, go to Iraq...but stay out of our country...they are not patriots, they are pawns of fanatics and fascist states.

3:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear anonymous
I think that we should be more responsible of our words, in these difficult moments.
I am against Hizbullah, in its actual status, but I respect them as they are fighting for their beliefs. You dont have the moral right to label them like this, and it is definitely not your country or theirs, it is ours,all of us includind every single person who do disagree with you. So they won't go to Iraq and Sudan, because first of all, they are LEBANESE, and it is their Land too.
Jean-Pierre Zahar

12:18 PM  
Blogger Colette said...

So, as a Lebanese-born Christian, I should stay away from Lebanon?

I've been reading a lot of Lebanon bloggers, and I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

I wish Lebanon would just stop all this sectarian crap and work towards getting all the foreigners out of there. All of them. They seem to be surrounding Lebanon like vultures.

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