Lebanese Jester

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Half a century…… almost!

Half a century almost; and STILL I am in search of answers.
Half a century almost; and I am STILL being forced to deal with forced changes.
Half a century almost; and my future STILL seems insecure.
Half a century almost; and my disdain is STILL ever growing.
Half a century almost; And STILL I can’t claim to be part of ONE nation and ONE people.
Half a century almost; and I STILL have my gun close by in my night stand.

The above is nothing but a mere ‘lucarne’ to the soul of those Lebanese born into the early 60’s, and still believe in the land of the Cedars (and for those less romantic you can call it LEBANON).
From Bechara Al Khoury, Majid Arslan, Kamal Junblat, Camille Chamoun, Fouad Chehab, Antoun Saadeh, to Maarouf Saad, Etienne Sakr, , Saad Haddad, Ibrahim Kulaylat..etc ending with the likes of Henry Kissinger, Jimmy Carter, Mouammar Al Kaddafi, Yasser Arafat… and many more; we should have realized a long time ago that we are (according to the “then and now” prevailing powers) “disposable”, not even as a nation or people; just plain DISPOSABLE. And we still are.
Over 180,000 shed blood for their different vision of the motherland; and here we are today standing (gun in hand) at square one. Two generations (and the third is in the making) since our so called independence and the divide is growing deeper. The fear of one (OK only a couple) of the 18 different religious sects trying to take over and change the face of Lebanon, is a notion I never would have even entertained, but has now became ‘food for thought’. On one hand we have a Divine protector who pledges allegiance to Wilayat al Fakih backed by a demented general, and on the other hand we have a new born Christian allied to the very religious sect, who not long ago wanted to push him to the sea and create a Palestinian state within our borders.
And this new generation of ours (the second generation, our hope for a better future) has jumped on the “revolution” bandwagon, and demonstrates almost every Sunday for a secular state. “iskat al nizam” they shout out proudly; but what “nizam” I ask? The same “nizam” which allows you to ride your moped and wreak havoc within safe neighborhood? Or the very same “nizam” which allows you to have darkened windshields on your car, a license to carry arms, to fire RPG rocket in jubilation, to have your dad on the government payroll whilst holding another more lucrative job?
Lebanon is not Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya… or even Sierra Leon. Lebanon is the only country within the Middle East whereby a Christian can have a say and not be persecuted for his beliefs, and his places of worship not burned to the ground (like Egypt even after the January revolution). Lebanon is a Biblical land, and Lebanon is the only safe haven for Christians.
Having said that; yes I am for a secular state. A STRONG state which will provide for ALL its people equally.
The state of Lebanon, where any citizen will not have to notice the difference between any millimeters of the 10452km2.
The State of Lebanon where one can take his camera and take pictures of mountains, valleys, churches, mosques, synagogues, …etc without being told that he couldn’t.
The state of Lebanon, where a mother has the right to pass on the Lebanese nationality to her children.
The state of Lebanon, where “ahwal al shakhsiya” are the same for all its citizens regardless of religion.
The state of Lebanon, where religious figures take care of their flock and do not dwell in politics.
The state of Lebanon, where one religious sect is NO LONGER ALLOWED to impose its way of life within its area of influence.
The state of Lebanon, held accountable towards its people regardless.
The state of Lebanon, capable of providing basic necessities and security to all its citizens.
The state of Lebanon……. The list is long.
But mainly, THE STATE OF LEBANON SHOULD BE WILLING TO INVEST INTO EDUCATING THIS 3RD GENERATION IMPREGNATED WITH FANATICISM AND HATE PASSED DOWN, IF EVER THERE IS TO BE HOPE FOR A BETTER FUTURE.
Are you going to demonstrate next Sunday? And if you are, for what? 24 hours electricity, decent public transport, health care, clean environment, impartial judicial system, unified history book dealing with the period stretching from 1975 to 1990, spousal abuse law, child labor, demarcation of land and sea frontiers, armed militias, counterfeit food and medicinal products, civil liberties…etc? Or the more pressing issue, according to you, a SECULAR state????

April 1, 2011 Posted by | Arslan, Bashir Gemayel, Christian, Dawlat Al Faqih, Hassan Nasrallah, Independence, Kamal Jumblat, Mourabiton, Palestinians, Religion, Yasser Arafat | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prayer

Prayers for Peace A selection of prayers from various religious traditions.

A Native American Prayer for PeaceO Great Spirit of our Ancestors… Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect, and to be kind toeach other so that they may grow with peace in mind.Let us learn to share all the good things that you providefor us on this Earth.

A Christian Prayer for PeaceBut I say to you that hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons and daughters of G-d.

A Muslim Prayer for PeaceIn the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful.Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has createdus and made us into tribes and nations that we mayknow each other, not that we may despise each other.

A Jewish Prayer for PeaceCome let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that wemay walk the paths of the Most High. And we shall beatour swords into plowshares, and our spears into pruninghooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation.Neither shall they learn war anymore. And none shall be afraid.

A Buddhist Prayer for PeaceMay all beings everywhere plagued with sufferingsof body and mind quickly be freed from their illness.May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may thosebound be free. May the powerless find power, andmay people think of befriending one another.A Hindu Prayer for PeaceO God, lead us from the unreal to the Real.O God, lead us from darkness to light.O God, lead us from death to immortality.Shanti, Shanti,Shanti unto all.A Jainist Prayer for PeaceDo not injure any living being. This is the eternal,perennial, and unalterable way of spiritual life. Forgive do I creatures all, and let all creatures forgive me.Unto all have I amity, and unto none enmity.

A Baha’i Prayer for PeaceBe generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity…be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness and a hometo the stranger. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding lightunto the feet of the erring. Be a breath of life to the bodyof humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, anda fruit upon the tree of humility.

A Sikh Prayer for PeaceWe attain God when we love, and only that victoryendures in consequences of which no one is defeated.A Zoroastrian Prayer for PeaceWe pray to God to eradicate all the misery in the world:that understanding triumph over ignorance, thatgenerosity triumph over indifference, that trust triumphover contempt, and that truth triumph over falsehood.

A Shinto Prayer for PeaceAlthough the people living across the ocean surroundingus, I believe all are our brothers and sisters, Why arethere constant troubles in this world? Why do winds andwaves rise in the oceans surrounding us? I only earnestlywish that the wind will soon puff away all the cloudswhich are hanging over the tops of mountains.

Pick any one of these or even better borrrow one that is not of your faith and say it out loud, not once a day, but whenever you feel like it.

Peace to all

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