Carte Blanche

Lost in Hash­tag


With ev­ery protest gone by, I be­come more per­suaded of our na­tion’s need to ‘re­brand’ its pseudo rev­o­lu­tion.

And since none of us seems to be ready for a change of mind­set at the mo­ment, we might want to start with a change of hash­tag.

#Youreek? Yes. But #Wereek too and the least we can do is em­brace this re­al­ity.

We, the Le­banese peo­ple, stink as much as our politi­cians be­cause they wouldn't be where they are now if it weren't for us. It is us, and us only, who have long per­pet­u­ated the de­fec­tive cul­ture of idol­is­ing po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and their pro­tégés.

We could go on for days and days com­plain­ing about our ‘sit­u­a­tion’ but we’ve hardly ever lifted a fin­ger to help build our na­tion. Even when we ul­ti­mately de­cided to take our dis­con­tent to the streets, we shame­lessly rushed to make it all about our­selves, jump­ing at ev­ery oc­ca­sion to grace a TV reporter with a bunch of repet­i­tive slo­gans that never trans­late into a co­her­ent ra­tio­nale.

Just like a pubescent drama queen, we’ve grown ac­cus­tomed to mak­ing a huge fuss about every­thing and any­thing. Our ex­ces­sively melo­dra­matic ten­den­cies have al­ways led us into un­e­d­u­cated de­ci­sions that are of­ten rooted in a toxic amal­gam of anger and pride.

We are an over-hyped, in­her­ently para­noiac peo­ple that does not de­serve change, and will prob­a­bly never come close to un­der­stand­ing the essence of a rev­o­lu­tion. And with ev­ery new in­ci­dent, comes a new set of witty jokes that keep us en­ter­tained as we reck­lessly wait for the next. #Wereek. Lit­tle hope is left for our hisp­ster-na­tion. A na­tion that rushes to fol­low the lat­est cul­tural and po­lit­i­cal trends, but al­ways ends up with a chaos of dis­parate fash­ions. A na­tion that con­stantly strives to move away from the main­stream, but some­how fin­ishes off puk­ing the same speeches and re­peat­ing the same mis­takes and over and over.

Maybe it’s time we rebel against our own rot­ten val­ues. We may be in­ca­pable of a sus­tained cul­tural rev­o­lu­tion, but it’s never too late for a slight cul­tural makeover.

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