"To the impartial eye, the world not only seems an unlikely one-off phenomenon, but a constant strain on reason. If reason exists, that is, if a neutral reason exists. So speaks the voice from within. So speaks Joker's voice." - Jostein Gaarder

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Pity The Nation

Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.

Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does not harvest, and drinks a wine that flows not from its own wine-press.

Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero, and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.

Pity a nation that despises a passion in its dream, yet submits in its awakening.

Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except among its ruins, and will rebel not save when its neck is laid between the sword and the block.

Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking.

Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting, and farewells him with hooting, only to welcome another with trumpeting again.

Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years and whose strong men are yet in the cradle.

Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.


Pity us, Pity Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Palestine... The Middle East. The World.

18 Comments:

Blogger Omar said...

you know.. this is totally unrelated to your post, but I just read your Woody Allen quote on your blog intro.. this is just so real, and so un-preachingly down to earth depiction of reality.. I love it.. I really really love it.

now.. back to your post..
:)

December 05, 2006 11:23 PM

 
Blogger Abu Takla said...

It's a long, long way,
and we will get there in time,
who said it was easy?
One thing about the previous post, so we should not forget that we used to oppose the person who built downtown, but does this mean any one should have the right to kill him?
I did not quite understand her point!!
cheer up mate, the truer the cause, the harder the path. no pain, no gain.

December 06, 2006 1:36 AM

 
Blogger Yazan said...

Abu Takla,

The point was that Hariri is now only a mockery, a charade they use to gather up people... The tribunal is there, there's an investigation going, but dont make him a saint. I mean comon Abu takla, u know what am talking about...
Junblatt has the guts to actually praise someone like Khaddam. dont u think thats a slap in the face of every syrian who wrote for lebanon...
The post is filled with bitterness a lot of us syrians feel... a lot of syrians lost their lives over the lebanon issue among others, because they were against syria's ivolvment.

Michel Kilo is still in jail because of the Damascus-Beirut declaration, but NO ONE in beirut raised a finger, Annahar is now closed off syrian opposition writers. Samir Kassir was the person who used to publish them, now it's a far off land...

Abu takla, I still love the country, I stand right at the same spot when it comes to democracy and freedom for beirut and damascus. but I dont respect ur leaders. 14, 8 march alike, none of them is worth being called a leader.

December 06, 2006 1:55 AM

 
Blogger Abu Takla said...

Well that, I definitely understand.
The leaders though, are not the issue, and one should not mix the cause the people are after with the leaders that are speaking in their names just because they are still in power.
Fear that the tribunal will be hindered, for example, makes a lot of us join in the 14 March efforts to support the government although it is not the ideal government in a stable country. The alternative is Hizb and Aoun blocking everything we worked for in 2005. Day-to-day politics sucks, but the struggle must go on.
I am saying this although I know what you are talking about, and these are fears that haunt me, and the seculars among us as well.
sorry for the long comment.
A.T.

December 06, 2006 5:36 AM

 
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Blogger Restless in Dubai said...

Totally off the record, but what the hell are you doing in Japan?

I guess it is written here somehwere, but I am just too lazy to look it up.. lol. I liked some of your posts by the way,

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