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.
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?
When it comes to religion, atheism, or agnosticism, it seems there is a wide majority of people who do not understand basic concepts that some would take for granted or as common sense. Here’s a few of those misunderstood ideas that occurred to me as I was watching recently a TV show on Atheism.
And yet there has always been this connection to the mountains, and this fantasy of living there and being in sync. But like all untested fantasies, one always runs the risk of reality not living up to the fantasy.
I have always struggled with the question of “Where is Home?” People have offered various answers along the way, but I have finally developed my own answer, which I will be testing very soon. Here is what I think.
An afternoon at the Roumieh prison: A couple of times I caught the eye of one of the performers, a pleasant looking guy in his 20s. He held my gaze for a few seconds each time, in which I felt we were two sides of a random coin flip. “It is me but it could have been you…it is you but it could have been me…after this is over I walking out of here…after this is over I am going back to my cell!”
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