A friend asked me if start listing the Lebanese problems so we could tackle issues separately. I thought it was interesting and started to list… At problem 37 i threw the paper… It was leading nowhere, as would have any Lebanese political discussion… Obviously I was looking in the wrong place, I was looking elsewhere.
Reconsidering the issue, what if the issue was not properly looked at? it meant that at least part of that problem was my perception of this issue therefore I had part of the solution.. What if the reality that is drawn for me to see as my comfortable zone and drawn to the basis of my need to belong, is… fake.
Here is a scenario: we’re on voting day, you step up to cast your ballot, encouraged by your surrounding and your pragmatic political reading as portrayed. Would you dare to defy it by a change of opinion? Would you dare to vote other than what you think you should? If you simply won’t at least once, that means you simply can’t.
I know the counter arguments… the arguments that keep us “safe” and “protected” because we “Belong” to a group… The arguments like “why should I?” Or “what difference will it make?” Or “will they do it to?” or “who should I vote for?” and worst is the hate argument “I’ll vote for these because I hate those”. Well reality says you’re right, you shouldn’t, it will make no difference, no they won’t vote otherwise, there is no one to vote for, and yes, we’ll be doomed if they win.
Fact is: Reality Is the shortest path to mediocrity, and in the middle of this mediocrity, we stand with a collectively induced fake pride.
I mean: why not? Why not for a change, put a pause, for four years only, to a never-ending cause? What if we vote elsewhere just because we’re told we shouldn’t; what if we vote for an average human being or for no one, and what if it makes a difference? One thing is for sure, we’re doomed every day we continue the way we are.
Here’s my understanding of our problem: We’re players in a game of pulling cables, the game where the strongest wins by pulling the other towards the mud pit…. what if we let go?… What if we let go simply because we were told to play that game, and we think: maybe we’ve been playing the wrong stressful game? Maybe we’d like to sit and watch.
I think being free is about daring to take, not the winning the choice, but the right one. And being “politically right” is not about showing off with a blind trust in a choice, but instead about keeping that choice always being questioned on every move they make on our behalf. Solving all other issues thereof becomes a consequence.
So here you are again in that voting booth: would you vote as you did last year and nag about it for the next four years or will you pause, think, and innovate?