I read once that our society is a complex matrix that englobes the full rainbow of politics. I’ve learned instead that it is made of different groups, each with one aspect of radical conservatism, all identical in their sociopolitical behaviour, all limited and bounded by a selection of pride and shame about connections, and all separated by what is made to believe as a holy transcendence of their identity.
I have also learned that this foolishness is easily overcome in a soccer or basketball game where Lebanon is playing against any other country. We all become confession and political blind toward our players and cheering fans.
So rather than a balanced distribution of rainbow political colours, we are left with a one-sided conservative parties to choose from, distributed at the edges of that same spectrum. No wonder we are stuck in this self-generating vicious circle. Conservatives by nature share little and accept tolerance less. I like how Wikipedia places it: “… conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others oppose modernism and seek a return to the way things were…”
So while we hear today about “Centrists” or “Independents” as a political positioning in our single sided spectrum, the callers of these movement can merely establish themselves, not because of the seemingly strong existing powers, but rather because of the lack of vision that directs the behavioural and cultural emphasis of such positioning: the “what we believe in” instead of “where we want to stand”.
Below are some sociopolitical thoughts, in random order. These are issues we face in our society but always seem to lack the will to implement. For the parties we choose to represent us simply do not believe in changing a status that suits them, a status where equality is not collective but selective.
Each of these points are a major debate holder, with a huge operational implementation, and has a long lead for establishment, but what concerns me most, is the neglect and hypocrisy our politicians and representatives have in dealing with the majority of these issues. This only reflect the conservatism and separatism of their parties, they do not dare to change. So here we go:
- Acknowledgement of who we nationally are.
- Place the Lebanese Citizen as the source of all political power and the end (aim) of it.
- Provide best and free education to all residents of Lebanon.
- Independence of the Judicial system.
- Defend the right of expression and respect of our differences.
- Implementing referendums.
- Enforcing the obligation to vote to all Lebanese and providing systems to insure doing so.
- Protection and Security of every Lebanese Citizen and every Resident of Lebanon.
- Accepting that constitutions and laws should change with experience.
- Competence as the only selective mean.
- Civil marriage as a rightful choice.
- Gender equality in all aspects of society.
- Choice of selection between Civil or Clerical management of personal rights.
- Abortion as a right.
- Homosexuality as equal in rights.
- Lebanese nationality to foreign residents after ensuring lawful and cultural integration.
- Establishing the Republic as a mix of competitive minorities rather than a rule of majority.
- Residents of Lebanon are cherish all Lebanese rights except voting.
We have different feelings towards each of these issues. They need not be taken as a whole, nor canceled because of any. They need to be adopted as a general behaviour and attitude, an attitude that starts with every one of us. An attitude aspiring towards to what could be, rather than fatalistically accepting what is.
So to make a difference, one needs to think different, believe different, and act different from what is surrounding him. To be different one need to free himself from established clichés, challenge his status quo, and you know what? it all boils down to a single, simple choice: your vote.
So, are you a liberal?… or are you like they want you to be?