Lebanese supporters of Hezbollah hand out Baklava (sweets) in celebration of Hezbollah’s victory in Qasir.
The victory is being lauded as the “fall of Qasir”, but personally, I find that this photo captures nothing other than the fall of morality (political and otherwise).
Yesterday, Nabih Berri announced that the parliament will meet tomorrow, Friday, May 31st to vote for the extension of the current parliamentary session. The MPs (gentle reminder: the ones we voted for) are set to stay in parliament an extra year and 5 months. (Until Nov. 2014)
I had been somewhat tolerating the political situation until yesterday; avoiding the news, dismissing stories, using humor to distract from the severe deterioration of the political situation.
I looked to international news, to news of scientific discoveries, of gay marriage legalization, of Fashion weeks and TED talks, of White House Correspondents and Greek economies, English discontent and the Mcdonaldization of Italy.
But yesterday…yesterday was different. Yesterday, things changed. Yesterday, I went back 7 years in emotion, anger, and preoccupation with local politics.
It wasn’t unexpected. We all knew the political figures are intent on extension of parliament. It didn’t hit us out of the blue. But it enraged some of us as if it were indeed a surprise.
Personally, it continues to shock me when I see the politicians’ blatant disregard for popular choice and opinion. And it’s not naivety, in fact, it is the total absurdity of this political dynamic that keeps surprising us. Can it be that bad? That ridiculous? Apparently, yes, it can.
Did you know that extending the parliamentary session is the single most undemocratic thing that your representatives can do?
Did you know that you are being stripped of your very basic right to choose who represents you (and for how long they do)?
Did you know that every single day you are being ridiculed and undermined by the very same people YOU put in power?
Did you know that if there was ever an opportunity to act, it is now?
It’s good to know.
Full story here: https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/lebanonnews/lebanese-parliament-set-to-extend-own-term-on-friday
Below, a link to a TED talk from May 2013 that serves as wake up call to all the 20somethings who think they’ve “still got time.”
This video manages the impossible feat of being both anxiety inducing and comforting all at once. Meg Jay (the psychologist in the vid) has put in fancier words (and with a slightly annoying Southern drawl) what my momma has been telling me for years: No such thing as being with someone even though you’re definitely not getting married / don’t get stuck in a “temporary fix” career / your body and your fertility are serious things to consider.
But Jay doesn’t just draw from her life experiences like our mommas do, she’s got the science to back it up.
By 35, we’ve done 8/10 of the most “important steps” of our lives. YIKES. That means by 30, we should already be in that framework.
In a nutshell: ”As a culture we have trivialized what is actually THE defining decade.”
(Well actually, that New York Times article did a lot to strengthen that argument. The article that elicited all those “That’s so true! This.Is.Me.” Facebook statuses.)
The video got me thinking – How many years have we already “wasted” on the not-perfect job, partner, friends, country, hobbies? Why do we wait so long to do what is both good for us in the long run and the short run? Why are we so ready to believe the 30s are the new 20s?
How did we get to a place where we were “allowed” 10 whole years to mess up, mess around – that the big things will find a way to fix themselves, later? Are we all just collectively procrastinating?