28 years old, copywriter in an advertising agency

What do you like about Lebanon?
Lebanon is where I was born. This is where I grew up. All my memories are in this country
so I am attached. Here I have my family, my friends. I love its Mediterranean climate.

What do you hate about Lebanon?
The culture or rather the kind of formless Borsht that we call culture and that is an amalgam of the most superficial elements of various cultures. The society. Although I managed to find real friends here, 
I often feel that I do not to belong in my own country. I feel an almost visceral irritation when I'm faced with the vanity, superficiality or even sheer stupidity that I find too often in Lebanese society. As for politics, I suppose that the policy 
of a country is only the reflection of its society. For me it is not even politics, these are mafia stories that hide an absolute lack 
of a true independent thought in this country. As long as there will be no true liberal movement, politics here will be 
a masquerade, a dance between vultures to see who will allocate the largest share of the carcass.

Are you involved in an association or a movement?
Not at all, for the simple reason that no movement represents me fully. I prefer to use my voice to stimulate debate, 
and occasionally my vote. I am also very individualistic and I do not like the idea of becoming a member of any organization. I should really find a movement that perfectly reflects my ideals for me to join them.

How do you see the future of your country?
It's hard to pretend to predict the future. Maybe the status quo will perpetuate but I must admit that I feel a little pessimistic. 
It seems to me that the upheaval which is happening in the region bears great risks and extremism appears to be reinvigorated. The so-called "clash of civilizations" will not disappear by the simple desire of self-righteous. 
I feel that things are speeding up to the threshold where the confrontation between the open and closed society will be inevitable. And this confrontation will not take place simply between nations, but especially within nations. 
And I am not talking just of Lebanon.

If you had to leave Lebanon, where would you want to live?
I have always wanted to live in the United States. San Francisco is the city of my dreams. In fact, it would be either France or the United States because they are cultures in which I find myself the most.

A dream?
I aspire to become a great writer. If I am not at the caliber of Tolkien and Hugo, respectively my favorite poet and writer, I hope to compete with a Barjavel or a King. This is certainly a great project, but a dream is something in what you believe despite
the apparent improbability of the monstrous task.

That’s Lebanon I love
Charles Malik represents for me all that could and should be a Lebanese man. 
It is a sacred image of a glorious past. 
He was a great writer who was involved in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 
along with Eleanor Roosevelt, a great thinker, and few remain.

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