A huge disaster awaits our generation as Lebanese. It will have nothing to do with the civil war that ended twenty years ago; will have nothing to do with corruption; nothing to do with debt and nothing to do with civil rights. That problem is the ever growing intellectual and cultural gap between the different “classes” of our society.
These classes are not determined by income or social standing, but ideology.
Because, while a big part of the population has learned its lessons from the days where vengeance and hatred fuelled the souls of our fathers; another portion wants to cut off the hands of the “American demon”. Because, at the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century, some still believe that weapons can be “divine”. Because in a country that cannot take care of its own borders, some cheer to the thought of liberating another country.
It was those people who, this week, decided that it was okay to end an international photo exhibition in the now fully rebuilt and magical Beirut Souks. Why? Because one set of the award winning pictures were taken by an Israeli photographer.
Now if you felt offended by the fact that an Israeli shot a bunch of pictures (beautiful amazing pieces of art might I add) you are at the other side of this widening gap.
On my side, I see a future where my kids are well educated, peaceful human beings. I see kids who grow up to stand up for their rights but who do not blow things up. I see kids who seek peace. I see kids who want to coexist with their neighbors. I see kids who bring back the colors to Lebanon. I see kids who grow up to be artists and philosophers, designers and dancers.
How will my side deal with the side that has a set of divine taboos and a goal that ensures wars and agony?
Lebanon Is a marriage of cultures that has gone bad. Divorce is not an option, and living together is slowly, no longer an option too…
To see the official statement of the world press photo organizers, go to this link: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2274&Itemid=50