Are We Socially Responsible?

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Never in Lebanon’s history was the situation as miserable as today.

We’re currently living with corruption, insecurity, violence, inactivity, homogony, instability, disorder, and fear while being sure to deny their existence.

Lebanon became like an exotic fruit, unique among other fruits, it gives the feeling of succulence, but in fact is core rotting, has been decaying for years and consumed by worms trying to stay inside and avoid being exposed.

With a public opinion divided between two main belligerents, and a third careless about the situation, each side considers the survival of Lebanon depends on the elimination of the other, seeing it an obstacle for development and prosperity.

But regardless of politics, how socially responsible are we to live in a prosperous country?

We tend to compare ourselves to developed societies by glorifying a Phoenician heritage we’re destroying, or by purchasing luxurious cars and wearing famous brands, or talking in a foreign language to level up our social class, we’re masters in praising western countries and satisfied by futile Guinness achievements or a video depicting Lebanon’s natural beauty and many other features that doesn’t make us better communal citizens.

On the contrary, we worship anarchy illustrated in rivalry, public negligence and self-opportunism. Our egoism pushed our common thinking to comply to any alternative, we’re always satisfied with what we’re given, but why should we care?

Who cares about the garbage crisis if it’s clean around our house?

What’s wrong in having two sources of electricity if we’re getting it anyway?

Why stand in line if others don’t?

Why complain about poorly paved roads if I end up reaching my destination?

What difference will it make if we litter on the streets?

How can we bypass the law to get more privileged services?

Why question a politician about bribery allegations if he paved the road around my house?

In fact, we always tend to justify our vices by blaming it on others, a pure common habit in Lebanon. Our mistakes are always someone else’s faults, regardless of the context, we always find someone or something to blame.

One is mistaken to believe that the abdication of a politician, party or movement can make Lebanon a better place. It’s always the people who make a difference, but when we imitate our leaders by seeking corruption, nepotism and immortality then we guarantee a succession of the same wicked thinking, but with different faces.


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