If you have scrolled any of your social timelines for less than 3 seconds in the past month or so, you have probably witnessed a glimpse of this new rising phenomenon: the know-it-all online preacher that not only knows exactly what’s wrong with Lebanon but also how to fix it, except that he/she doesn’t live here anymore to apply that wisdom. Poor them, the “Lebanese residents” messed up their beloved country while they were away.
Every day there’s more than a handful of posts, tweets and the ever-too-glorious ‘velfies’ (yes, video selfies are now a thing – start gouging your eyeballs) on how we are lazy, useless and how we should be ashamed of ourselves for not doing anything regarding the bad situation we’re in. Normally, I would agree to these claims because they’re somehow true: The situation is usually a reflection of the people. But coming from someone who at a certain point decided that this place is no longer good enough for them, their ambitions or their family and buggered off..now that’s absurd.
Let me run a small reality check by you: Where are you, dude?
You were as lazy as any of us when you decided that you weren’t going to work for a better country, but for a better you. You’ll just move elsewhere where everything is already working like clockwork, and you’d just leech on that. Well, that is selfishness. We are all selfish at some level but at least no one is judging you for leaving, or even asking you why. Do whatever you want, no one cares.
But to judge us, call us names and blame us for the failure of this country! That is not acceptable. If you obviously know what should be done to fix the situation, why are you sitting in Paris, Qatar, Dubai or wherever in the world you are and assigning us tasks? Stop wasting your time preaching it on social media! Hop on a plane, get your butt here, fix everything then go back to living the dream (in that air-conditioned desert or wherever).
You were selfish enough to leave and now you want us to make the country a better place for you, so you and your over-sized kids can still come and spend the summer vacation here.. and put that selfie-stick to good use?
If you have so much enthusiasm in you, the sort you say we lack, why did you leave in the first place?
Now you know a thing or two on how things work in Europe or the States (not that we don’t), so you think you are more eligible to preach it to us? Since nothing really changed in Lebanon since the 70s, why didn’t you fix things before giving up and running away? It would have saved you from wasting so much time on useless Facebook posts. Or can it be true that: Those who can’t do, preach?
Maybe we are trying our best. Maybe we aren’t doing anything at all. Maybe we gave up like you did, but we are still here. Let’s get one thing clear, once and for all: You left the country. So you no longer have the right to blame us for what is going on. Unless, of course, you also send Obama emails on how to run his country, and publish medical theories on how women are cowards for crying while giving birth.
It might be true that our situation is the product of our actions, but giving up counts as an action too. An action that is much worse than actually staying and standing your ground trying to survive under foul conditions. It’s not just our fault, it’s also yours as much as it is ours, maybe even more.
So until you decide to come back and actually do something, spare us the trash talk and keep your condescending opinions to yourself. We might be sitting still, planning for a revolution or simply not caring anymore but who are you to judge us EH?