The Lebanese people have an inferiority complex: They pick up everything trashy about western culture and make it their own. Now that the West has begun throwning away the idea and consumption of smoking, soda, diet soda drinks, chips laced with all kinds of chemicals, etc... the Lebanese now master the consumption of these items. They are a backward people because they do not see or understand the intrinsic value of things, whether bad or good. They just do what they think will make them "look good". Appearances, looking good, imitating others.... are highly regarded values in the minds of the Lebanese brutes. So, maids, cars, cool clothing, etc... are all priorities. Even my own brother who is bankrupt and whose lazy wife has never worked in her life has a maid. He borrows money from his family to survive, but he will never let go of the three cars and the maid...
Because the environment is not a commodity that the imbecile Lebanese can exploit to his social "looking good" advantages, it is the least of his problems.
TRASH, TRASH, and then some more TRASH in this trashy, superficial, extremely religious and backward country called Lebanon. When will it end?
Every morning, around 5:00 am, as I look down toward Beirut and the Mediterranean, the air is relatively clear and the view acceptable. But within a couple of hours, as traffic picks up on the coastal highway and up and down the main roads between the mountain and the city, a heavy smog lifts and blankets the city and the view...
As you drive anywhere in Lebanon, trucks, busses, and all large utility vehicles spew a heavy black smoke from their exhausts. In this land of cronyism and corruption, the lobbies behind these vehicles (all companies and institutions owned by the politicians) prevent the ban of cheap highly toxic diesel fuels. The drivers of these vehicles claim they will lose their livelihoods if they are forced to use cleaner gasoline, and they demonstrate and block roads whenever someone honest tries to impose such a ban. What they do not know, or choose to ignore, is that as they make their livelihoods with dirty toxic diesel fuels, they are poisoning the air for themselves, for their children and their fellow Lebanese, and all of them stand to grown cancers and other diseases... I told you: The Lebanese are so stupid in their pursuit of the immediate buck, that they would sell their mothers and their health for a quick buck. They have no sense of the future, let alone a sense of community.
This behavior by the Lebanese reminds me of the philosopher who once studied intelligence by performing the following test on a chicken, a dog, and a monkey, and in the analysis, I find the Lebanese to be the most stupid, just like the chicken, because he has no brain or chooses not to use it. He is too obsessed with the immediate urge that he just cannot do the smart thing.
Faced with a fence that stands as an obstacle between the animal and a piece of food:
- The chicken will keep butting its head against the fence to reach for the food, but never gets it.
- The dog will butt his head a couple of times against the fnece, but then will at some point run back, away from the food temporarily, and around the fence and gets the food.
- The monkey does even better. If you place a couple of boxes anywhere in the area, the monkey will stack the boxes on top of one another, climb over them, and jump over the fence to get to the food. He knows how to make tools to get to his objective.
The dog and the monkey are by far smarter than the average Lebanese who does not see the benefit of waiting, deferring the immediate gain in order to secure a longer term gain. Just like the chicken. Stupid. The Lebanese does not see that by cleaning their country, by stopping its pollution, by no longer trashing it with plastic bottles and bags, by respecting their physical environment like they respect the inside of their homes, they will make a lot more money with successful tourism, they will preserve their country for future generations and benefits, they will live happier and healtheir lives.... etc. All lessons that decent civilzied countries around the world haver long known and practiced.
In France, Paris in particular, the sidewalks are larger than the street. Which is why it is such a beautiful city to walk and enjoy. The city is designed FIRST FOR THE HUMAN ELEMENT, then for the cars. The streets of Beirut, on the other hand, have no sidewalks to speak of. When there is a sidewalk, it is very small, crumbling, taken over by electric poles and by cars parked everywhere. But generally there is not even a sidewalk. BEIRUT is a city where the HUMAN ELEMENT IS THE LAST CONCERN. And the Lebanese have the gall to call their shitty capital, with its trash, its pollution, its congestion, its lack of any decent structure for human beings.... the Paris of the Middle East. IT IS NOT.
In Paris, the Seine River is worshipped. It is maintained and the nicest boulevards and bridges run around it and across it.
In Beirut, the Beirut River, which once ran down from the mountains to enter Beirut near the ancient Jisr El-Basha Roman bridge, a more beautiful sight I could not remember from my childhood, is now a dirty, dried up, concrete-bound canal, laced with heaps of plastic trash. Why? BEcause the LEbanese people are a mindless bunch of neanderthals worried more about the fucking show-off high-priced dinners they will have in some dirty, vulgar restaurant - only to brag about the high life they have - than about rivers, trees, and a decent environment in which to raise their children.
No wonder that the children continue to leave the country, and when they discover the decent civilized peoples and countries around the world, they will never want to return to the big garbage dump called Lebanon. Out in the "Ightiraab" (Diaspora), the Lebanese cling to the images of a once beautiful Lebanon, and tell their friends about how beautiful their country is... but deep inside they know they are lying. They know that Lebanon is not what they say it is. In fact, they are ashamed of saying they are from Lebanon...If they open restaurants, they call them "MEditerranean" or "MIddle Eastern"... They are ashamed of calling them "Lebanese"....
Shame on this country. Shame on its people for trashing their country. Shame on its people for electing politicians and worshipping stupid Gods and religions who treat them like cattle and, together with them, continue the rape of Lebanon.