Recently a friend recommended that I look into the Lebanon situation.
Lebanon has been all over the mainstream news lately.
Since the Beirut explosion last year, Lebanon has suffered an economic crisis, water crisis, and energy crisis.
The Lebanese pound has dropped down to the bottom of the barrel.
This is the result of a corrupt political system that leeches on the pockets of it’s citizens without giving anything back.
Now Lebanon has a lot of rich people, so it’s going to take a while before the country stoops down to the levels of Afghanistan and Iraq.
But how long can the rich survive in a country where everyone else is poor?
The Middle class citizens have been plunged into poverty.
So Lebanon effectively has only 2 classes of citizens: The rich, and the poor.
I watched one doctor giving an interview say that she had to perform intense mathematical calculations before making a purchase decision at the grocery store.
Nah, I’m just kidding.
Instead of filling her shopping cart with a bunch of food to last a whole week (like I do), she looked around and picked a bottle of mayonnaise because that was the most affordable item to prepare a meal for her family.
The only optimistic view about the whole situation, is that at least her family turned into vegetarians!
Seriously, if the Lebanese people now have to ration their food to stay alive, it’s only a matter of time before they become the next Zimbabwe.
Electricity is now a luxury in Lebanon. Think about it!
My Aussie friend never turns off his laptop. If his ass were in Lebanon, he’d suffer from massive depression and PTSD by the end of the first day.
If electricity is a luxury, then internet must be manna from heaven. And Lebanon doesn’t get any manna!
No fans or AC in Beirut. Imagine the stench of sweat in people’s rooms.
People have to line up for hours to get gas. It’s only a matter of time before everyone walks. That’s a good thing, right? Perhaps they’d like to invest in bicycles. Oh! I almost forgot! They hardly got enough money to buy food, how the hell are they going to buy bikes?
Walking it is then. Perhaps the next track & field gold medalists will all be Lebanese!
There are no medicines. Pharmacies have run out of stock. They don’t even have the basic painkillers and drugs.
Many people are dying unnecessarily due to this.
And through all this, there still have been no lootings, robberies, thefts or murders. Is the world taking notes? Tsk tsk! No lootings one year after the country has plunged down the poverty well. I think a lot of people should be taking notes right now. A lot of people need a lesson in humanity and civilization.
Well, I can tell you right now, that the citizens of Lebanon are the most civilized people I’ve seen in my life.
There is nothing left to do but watch hopelessly, as the country eventually spirals out of control.
I have faith in the Lebanese people, that deep inside their pious hearts, there’s an angry beast just waiting to be unleashed. When the shackles come off, it will be the survival of the fittest.