My Kind Of Revolution

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Having been born and raised amid continuous wars, trying to have a normal childhood in bunks or while my parents kept moving us from North to South – depending on the source of the bombs – I grew up with a complete and utter aversion to politics and religion (not faith, mind you).

However, throughout my life, I kept witnessing in frustration how every protest in Lebanon is based on politics and/or religion or is driven by them. That led me to the disenchanting realization that people, especially the young generations, are so eager to die following a political and religious leader but aren’t even willing to try and seek change in our backwards society and defunct legal system. Unless you’re someone who’s been directly affected by the absurdity of our laws, no one even cares. Even for a simple essential element such as drinking water or a basic need such as electricity, people wouldn’t budge, but when their leader wants more power, they’re all full of energy and zeal to get out and converge on the streets.

Looking at what’s happening in Egypt right now, it feels as if it’s happening there too. It seems as if the greedy politically ambitious few are going to use the people’s effort, solidarity and honest revolution toward social change for their own personal gain. And I hope I’m wrong.

As a Lebanese citizen, I dream of a revolution that would tumble all the haters, segregators, hypocritical liars. I dream of a revolution that would wake the masses so that they’d seek social justice and equality for all: An all-in-one revolution for human rights, equal rights for all of us based on our humanity.

So simple, yet so outrageous to most. I wish people would realize how ridiculous it is to hide behind religion and the lame excuse of “maintaining balance” to deny people their rights because of their gender, sexual orientations, color and race…

It’s beyond my comprehension how, with all the technological progress and evolution we’ve made, the human mind is still as narrow and stupid as ever: waging wars in the name of God or for the sake of wealth and lands, concealed either behind tribal fanaticism or some grandiloquent elaborate ideology.

I dream of a human revolution with John Lennon’s Imagine as its motto:

Imagine there’s no Heaven

It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people

Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people

Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people

Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will live as one

So simple and yet so hard to accomplish due to the prevalence of greed, but I’ll keep dreaming of that revolution.

In the meantime, I guess baby steps would have to do by working toward small changes during those rare truces we get over here, even if I don’t get the chance to witness them in my lifetime.

Dum spiro spero (while I breathe, I hope).

- Contributed by Claudine

Guest Contributor

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