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Judgmental country

I know I might be repeating myself once again, since my previous post “Lebanese Ego”, and “Bbm vs Whatsapp” treat on the same subject. Even though this one will be different, the point of judging others’ choices and ways of expression is the main subject.

As most of you know by now, actor Paul Walker has died in a car crash, killing him and his friend Roger Rodas instantly.
Now most people might ask who is this Roger guy? Well he’s the guy that was driving the car with Paul; unfortunately he is not famous, so mentioning him in most posts was forgotten.
Human beings tend to recognize famous people and names more than that of those that were injured or killed with no suffix to their name like: actor, singer, politician etc.

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We always see that happening in everyday life, take for example the Hariri assassination on February 14 2005; most people only recognize the death of Rafic Hariri himself, but rare are those that remember the names of Bassel Fleihan; and shame on me for not being able to name one of the 21 poor souls that were in his guard, or around the area at the time of explosion.

But it’s always the little people that get forgotten.

Now of course I will wish both their souls to rest in peace, and many other people will, whether they be Paul Walker’s fans, or parents, family, friends, or even someone who already lost a dear person to car accidents. We all tend to, nonetheless, wish the person’s soul to rest in peace.
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We each have different ways to mourn, and we each have the choice to mourn or not. Unfortunately we are Lebanese, we enjoy judging, and expect everyone to act and react the same way as us. Our ego overwhelms us on every turn.

So we post stuff like this:
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Of course, us being Lebanese once again, we also come up with jokes and clever ways to show our annoyance. Our jokes are general; they just depict truth and wonders of Lebanese society.

This first picture being a simple reply to some judgmental comments:
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While some hit a nerve that is present in our everyday life yet we choose to ignore.
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I’m not sure how to react to each, to tell you honestly I don’t really care about P.W, or his friend R.R; they were speeding, shit happens; people make mistakes, and some mistakes are deadly; after all we are simply humans.

But seeing signs like these:
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(Translation: Careful! Danger of snipers) being put up on streets an hour away from where I am right now, in the same country as me, and hearing echoes of shootings and bombings; seeing my country flame itself up killing hundreds of civilians a week, men, women, and children is what saddens me most.
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(Translation: Shame on us to keep our mouth shut! )

Fortunately for my health, I don’t personally know these people, but I pray for them every day and hope no family members or acquaintances, or any more people get killed in the process. But that doesn’t mean that because they are not famous they should be forgotten, or that because of I remembered one means I don’t remember the other; but if the whole world was to grieve for every lost soul, our mourning would never end, and our grief would kill us slowly.

It’s up to our personal choices to decide who we want to mention in our grieving and who we don’t want to. Trying to make people follow you, or judging their choices simply makes you sound and look stupid and ugly; I’m not sure which word fits better, but the degree of idiocy is too high to ignore.

When will we stop judging each other and just accept our differences? I’m not sure, but I hope soon.

T.

What is horror?

Roaming through my Facebook newsfeed a couple of days ago, I came across this article that has been going around in Lebanon.
The article was written by a fellow Lebanese, expressing his disgust and the inhumanity of what has been going on in Tripoli.

The article named: “Tripoli: Horror after Horror” click here to readdoes not, however, talk about the issue going on; when I saw this title I thought someone is finally pointing out the micro war taking place in our country. To my surprise it wasn’t; it is simply about the issues of slaying stray dogs all over Tripoli.

Don’t get me wrong I fully agree that it is a crime indeed to slay stray dogs randomly just for fun, but at the same time I think the writer missed the point by quite a margin when talking about horror.

Horror is seeing neighbors shoot at and kill each other for pathetic excuses, horror is suicide bombings in civilian neighborhoods, horror is seeing children slain on the sides of the road from an explosive car, horror is human beings killing other human beings.

This is true horror.

Horror is what we Lebanese see and live with on a daily basis, and for the past two years Syria has been going though the same horror.  

Here is the status of a friend on Facebook that describes part of this horror we have survived through: (S.L)

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Some of the bombings and killings weren’t mentioned or the list would have taken up at least 10 pages; and in each assassination, bombing, and attack hundreds of civilians were killed (not mentioned either).
The catchphrase at the end of the list says: “Vote for the same idiots (donkeys) you idiots then blame the country”; quite an interesting perspective on things, don’t you agree?
A bit off subject, as you all know the Lebanese people are famous for making jokes out of each situation, so here’s an image that’s being sent through Whatsapp groups as well as Facebook; this picture made me laugh at first, agree next, and finally tore me up:

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I’m honestly worrying about the people’s views when it comes to horror, disasters, wars, bombings, killings, and natural tragedies.

Take for example what happened in the Philippines, a natural tragedy, killing hundreds of people, destroying their homes and belongings; people run to help them (including me), we run to their rescue, send money, food, and medical supplies. We pity them = it’s horror.

But put that story in perspective with what’s happening in Syria; it’s a war, there are bombings, killings, thousands of people dying everyday, survivors loosing their homes, having to hunt stray dogs for food, drinking water off the streets in order to survive: so how do we react? We judge, we don’t pity; we say it’s on them, it’s their own fault; we don’t help cause we don’t want them to think that we are okay with what is happening = it’s not horror, it’s shameful.

I see them in a different way, first to be clear on a few things I would help both countries, I would pity both, one for having been subjected to a natural disaster (at least that’s what we call it when nature overrides and destroys humans, but after all it is a simple hurt reaction for what we humans have been subjecting it to – that would be another post by itself), the other for having been subjected to forceful harming ways, inflicted to them by other human beings: this is the true horror (in my point of view).

Imagine yourself walking down a street with your friend when a sniper blasts your friend’s brain on you, or driving down a street, you notice a guy speeding, hear a loud explosion, then notice that if that poor soul hadn’t been in a hurry he would have survived the bomb explosion like you have.

This is inhumane.

It was veteran’s day a couple of weeks ago, when all Americans praised their soldiers; I’m not saying they should be criminalized for killing other humans, after all they enlisted freely and decided to fight; but what about these poor children in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, these kids that should be in school standing on the roads, getting killed with no hope of fighting back, with no hope of protection, no ammunition or shelter; I doubt they chose war, and doubt they ever would.

It’s a sad note for Lebanon once again, but I’m keeping my hopes up, because if we give up, how can we wish our children a bright future when we let darkness settle on our grounds.

Open your eyes, this is horror.

T.

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