I take great joy in beautiful art, well designed architecture, smart design, in addition to luxurious pampering services such as 4-handed full body massages with essential oils that I think should be a human right :) But when does it all get to be unacceptable? Is it ok to be getting a massage, let alone a luxury car, when someone cannot afford a meal next door? There is a difference between reasonable luxury and tasteless ostentatious decadence.
In a recent casual discussion involving a number of young Lebanese adults, the question of whether they think a peace treaty with Israel is a good idea came up. Here is a summary of what they thought.
Want a relaxed vacation in an unspoilt island with amazing beaches and great food? Here's what to do in 5 days in Astypalaia.
Travelling alone, even if occasionally, is the most precious gift you can give yourself. Most people won't even consider the thought, and yet are unaware of the enormous benefits. Unless people find their own company very boring, in which case, that is and even bigger reason to do it :)
This project was a good opportunity for me not only to get to know the target beneficiaries up close, but to also get my own answer to the question of how much tension was there really between Syrians and their Lebanese host communities. Is it an exaggerated story amplified as an excuse to receiving funding and implementing development projects? Or is it real?
I am looking for a convincing answer to the question of "Why are the Lebanese so apathetic?". Anyone?