Friday, June 15, 2007

A Step Back

Maybe just maybe it's about time everyone took a step back and re-evaluted where they stand. I, for one, do it constantly. I'm rarely wrong, but sometimes I miss something since I only have one good eye so that limits my peripheral vision and depth perception. Maybe that handicap forces me to think about things I see that I wouldn't otherwise had I had two eyes confirming the same view. Someone, not sure who and I don't feel like googling it now, said, "Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see." In my case make it quarter of what I see.

The problem is that I need to know. I read a lot, I talk to people, I observe , I ask, and at the end it turns out that some third generation Lebanese dude/dudette in Wyoming who happens to own an uncracked copy of Gibran's Prophet (and also might happen to blog about Lebanon) knows all the beyond the shadow of doubt truths about what's going on here and I don't. I envy them and cab drivers, the two sides of the infallible knowledge coin.

Then again, this region brought to you Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. So people have been having blind faith (or is faith intrinsically blind) in what they've been told by their chosen men for thousands of years, don't expect that to change this summer. So just hunker down, and beware the "others".

12 comments:

A non-blogger from Washington who shares your sentiments said...

I don't know exactly what prompted you to write this entry, but it resonated very well with some of my impressions as well about bloggers, religion, and short-sighted opinions.

take care

hypocrates said...

ditto...

laila said...

thank you!

hilal said...

personally ya jamal, I am not ok anymore with how the blogosphere looks like since 1 year ago till now.That is why I have been avoiding political posts.

It is getting more simplistic, and I hate simplicity.

Questioning anything is turning to "Are you an aouni, prosyrian,...?"

Every body knows everything. It is turning into a package. u must select it all or leave it all.
there is "3rifna meen inta". there is "inta ma3on". Questioning the identity of the murderers is turning into "u r with the syrian regime" . Even saying that Lebanon is a playground for intelligent forces (syrian, american israeli...) is becoming nonsense for somepeople except for the syrian part.

but no. our political readings do not miss it. man. what are you talking about?

Excluding numerous blogs, It is not worth it anymore. It is just a reflection of lebanese media filth. I can watch 7 to 9 news on tv stations. I do not need to read again posts similarto the party announcements and the big guy ideas and details on tv.

I think it would be better to leave it for a while and work on something else, and it is not a bad neither a sad choice.

BOB said...

Jamal

the quote is by rafik Hariri, made on a student graduation in the falll of 2003, at the Hariri Canedian Universty. ( I know because i was there it was my Gf's graduation...)

أمل said...

:D

ni7ki walla balash?

hilal said...
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hilal said...

The quote is not "by" rafic hariri. It is a known quote before. (check internet) It was only "used by" hariri.

Kodder said...

"Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear."
Dinah Mulock Craik.

BOB said...

i stand corrected, i should have said used, or checked it...

Ibn Bint Jbeil said...

speaking of chosen men whom I follow blindly, Ali bin Abi Talib said:

"The difference between truth and falsehood is four fingers," as he placed his four fingers between the gap that spans the distance between his eye and ear.

Khawwta said...

2awiyi hayy