What shall I do with a torn nation? Stitch it back together with careful words of truth.
This article is now a life-long project as I have decided to journal my thoughts about my country here. The first part will serve to explain what was mentioned in the title.
And all subsequent updates, will be some reflections on whatever is happening at the time of the writing.
Tunisia matters. Not just for me, but almost certainly for anyone reading this article even if they have never heard of this, arguably “Petit pays”. Why? That question requires an entirely dedicated article.
Tunisia is the only functioning Arab democracy in the aftermath of the Arab spring. With enemies from the inside, enemies from abroad, regional disasters and social pressure, it is not an exaggeration to state that what we are living today in Tunisia is nothing short of a miracle.
Alas, most people here fail to see the sheer marvel of our recent victories. The primary reason for this is that nothing seemsto have changed since 2011, the year in which the former president Ben Ali was ousted. In reality, a lot has changed. Not the least of which, an immeasurably precious freedom of speech which I define as
The right by which one can defend other rights. I.e: The most fundamental right.
The right for work, freedom and national dignity were the core three demands of the 2011 protests. Almost 9 years later, we have our freedom. The other two, not so much.
The reasons behind this vary widely. I cannot claim to know them all. Usually, the blame is placed on corruption, incompetent politicians and foreign interventions. While there’s a lot of truth to that. It simply cannot be the whole truth. The equation lacks two crucial variables: The Tunisian citizen and the Tunisian culture.
By culture, I do not intend the artistic, historic and moral values shared by a society. Culture in this context rather means the prevailing mindset, the citizen’s perspective of life and the relation that links the whole of Tunisian society to their land.
I believe that Jordan Peterson’s insight that Heaven and hell are places that can be reached collectively, but first have to be reached individually is of paramount importance.
His messages have struck me as an instrument of change we can utilize to try to bring about the true Revolution we need. A revolution of that which lays within, before that which lays without.
Cynicism, pessimism, and resentment :
It is often difficult not to drown in the poisonous mentality of the crowd, even for an authentic free thinker. When almost everyone is being cynical about almost everything, who am I to oppose to them? The sheer weight of the popular opinion can break the resolve of the most robust, toughest and brightest minds, let alone the minds of the masses. The average person cannot simply resist this darkness. Multiply that average person by the thousands and millions and you have a nation of dispirited, dejected and low energy individuals who eventually begin to harbor resentment towards their homeland because certainly, they are perfect individuals who deserve to live in a utopia and have everything they always wanted and needed.
While some have failed because of Tunisian bureaucracy or other Tunisian-related issues, I would argue that most have benefited from being born on this land. Yet, most are ungrateful.
In this sense, Jordan Peterson says in his book 12 Rules for life:
What shall I do when I despise what I have? Remember those who have nothing and strive to be grateful.
If someone fails at anything, the phrase “This country kills ambitions” is what they recourse to as a means of justifying their failure. Worse, if someone intends to build something of value, he or she would usually be met with that very same phrase. The level of cynicism is unheard of.
As the Doctor mentioned in his book:
“Did what I want happen? No. Then my aim or my methods were wrong. I still have something to learn.” That is the voice of authenticity.
“Did what I want happen? No. Then the world is unfair. People are jealous, and too stupid to understand. It is the fault of something or someone else.” That is the voice of inauthenticity.
The cynic, as I have interacted with so many of them, tend to have a dark and negative worldview of their surroundings. Where others see flowers, they see none. And if we are to improve, we must discard this worldview.
Those of you who still see the light at the end of the tunnel should:
Adopt as your ambition the creation of a world in which those who work against you see the light and wake up and succeed, so that the better at which you are aiming can encompass them, too.
And know you and your likes, will have to sacrifice and do whatever it takes not to succumb to the darkness of the tunnel:
Thus, the person who wishes to alleviate suffering — who wishes to rectify the flaws in Being; who wants to bring about the best of all possible futures; who wants to create Heaven on Earth — will make the greatest of sacrifices, of self and child, of everything that is loved, to live a life aimed at the Good.
But most importantly, speak your light so that the enlightened voice of truth may vanquish the screeching screams of cynicism.
How shall I educate my people? Share with them those things I regard as truly important.
What shall I do when the great crowd beckons? Stand tall and utter my broken truths.
For those of you who do not see the light at the end of the tunnel and blame it completely on their country:
Don’t blame capitalism, the radical left, or the iniquity of your enemies. Don’t reorganize the state until you have ordered your own experience. Have some humility. If you cannot bring peace to your household, how dare you try to rule a city? Let your own soul guide you.
Consider the murderousness of your own spirit before you dare accuse others, and before you attempt to repair the fabric of the world. Maybe it’s not the world that’s at fault. Maybe it’s you. You’ve failed to make the mark. You’ve missed the target. You’ve fallen short of the glory of God. You’ve sinned. And all of that is your contribution to the insufficiency and evil of the world. And, above all, don’t lie. Don’t lie about anything, ever. Lying leads to Hell. It was the great and the small lies of the Nazi and Communist states that produced the deaths of millions of people.
Drop the weight of the sapping darkness, your country needs your light:
It is my firm belief that the best way to fix the world — a handyman’s dream, if ever there was one — is to fix yourself, your specific personal faults detrimentally affect the world. Your conscious, voluntary sins (because no other word really works) makes things worse than they have to be. Your inaction, inertia and cynicism removes from the world that part of you that could learn to quell suffering and make peace. That’s not good.
Consider then that the alleviation of unnecessary pain and suffering is a good. Make that an axiom: to the best of my ability I will act in a manner that leads to the alleviation of unnecessary pain and suffering.
Instead of wallowing in resentment for being born in this country, confront the truths that you have always known but chose to turn a blind eye to:
If your life is not what it could be, try telling the truth. If you cling desperately to an ideology, or wallow in nihilism, try telling the truth. If you feel weak and rejected, and desperate, and confused, try telling the truth. In Paradise, everyone speaks the truth. That is what makes it Paradise.
Tell the truth. Or, at least, don’t lie.
Perhaps that is true prayer: the question, “What have I done wrong, and what can I do now to set things at least a little bit more right?” But your heart must be open to the terrible truth. You must be receptive to that which you do not want to hear. When you decide to learn about your faults, so that they can be rectified, you open a line of communication with the source of all revelatory thought. Maybe that’s the same thing as consulting your conscience. Maybe that’s the same thing, in some manner, as a discussion with God.
The fate of future generations rests on you:
After all, the fate of the world rests on each new infant — tiny, fragile and threatened but, in time, capable of uttering the words and doing the deeds that maintain the eternal, delicate balance between chaos and order.
What if you placed making this country a better one on the highest pedestal of your values:
Once you have placed “make the world better” at the top of your value hierarchy, you experience ever-deepening meaning. It’s not bliss. It’s not happiness. It is something more like atonement for the criminal fact of your fractured and damaged Being. It’s payment of the debt you owe for the insane and horrible miracle of your existence. It’s how you remember the Holocaust. It’s how you make amends for the pathology of history. It’s adoption of the responsibility for being a potential denizen of Hell. It is willingness to serve as an angel of Paradise.
And consider this:
What if it was the case that the world revealed whatever goodness it contains in precise proportion to your desire for the best?
Meaning or comfort and happiness:
Europe exerts its allure mercilessly upon all the denizens of the Earth. One can only imagine its ironclad hold on the Tunisian minds. Given the option of leaving for a European country, most would, unfortunately, forgo their families, erase their past and open the proverbial blank page. Engineers, doctors, citizens of different classes and professions are immigrating to Europe in unprecedented numbers. Generation after generation, they part, some harboring immense hatred to the very hand that fed them and taught them; their country.
To be explicitly clear, leaving to strengthen one’s knowledge and skills and expand one’s chances of having a good life is something anyone has the right to strive for and achieve. (Although, it is entirely doable in one’s home unlike the widespread narrative about the impossibility of having a good life in Tunisia). However, in doing so, no one has the right to utter hateful and resentful words towards the very thing that allowed it to be where he is. Am I the only one seeing the irony of this?
One thing I cannot tolerate and that is ingratitude.
Also, I believe that Tunisians see life through a prism that is skewing what life is truly aboout:
Dostoyevsky famously said:
…give [man] economic prosperity, such that he should have nothing else to do but sleep, eat cakes and busy himself with the continuation of his species, and even then out of sheer ingratitude, sheer spite, man would play you some nasty trick. He would even risk his cakes and would deliberately desire the most fatal rubbish, the most uneconomical absurdity, simply to introduce into all this positive good sense his fatal fantastic element.
In other words, what we humans truly crave is a sense of meaning in our lives. Pleasure and comfort are mistaken for meaning. Although these two are rather enjoyable, they do not have that life satisfactory element to them.
As a gentle reminder, I am not against leaving for Europe. I am simply arguing that the reasons behind this massive fleeing may simply be based on a mirage of foundations.
The idea that being in Europe(or anywhere else for that matter), will bring true happiness and life satisfaction needs to be revised.
Far from being delusional, I am very aware that Europe provides incomparably better wages, transportation systems one can only dream of, and overall a very comfortable life and perhaps even, dare I say, a better culture(as I defined earlier)and more respect for humanitarian values.
Such an image doesn’t necessarily contrast starkly with our current status quo. They are far ahead of us, but not as far as the Tunisian imagination constantly entertains. And furthermore, Europeans haven’t always been the paragon of human progress. Lest we forget, less than a century ago, they were plunged in wars that Humanity has never witnessed and hopefully never will have to again. Hence, historically speaking, it is entirely possible for us to have a future worthy of the glories we have known throughout the ages.
The question we should ask ourselves here:
Is comfort, what we truly need to have a satisfying life?
Dr. Peterson says :
To have meaning in your life is better than to have what you want, because you may neither know what you want, nor what you truly need.
What if each person aimed at the betterment of this country so that collectively we have one shared meaningful existence. I would argue that we will experience even higher life satisfaction than what we would if we were in Europe. I can already hear the mockery in so many of those who are reading this. For a second, I ask them to turn-off their cynical and selfish voice and listen openly.
Meaning is the ultimate balance between, on the one hand, the chaos of transformation and possibility and on the other, the discipline of pristine order, whose purpose is to produce out of the attendant chaos a new order that will be even more immaculate, and capable of bringing forth a still more balanced and productive chaos and order. Meaning is the Way, the path of life more abundant, the place you live when you are guided by Love and speaking Truth and when nothing you want or could possibly want takes any precedence over precisely that.
Fortunately, post-Arab Spring Tunisia hasn’t sunken too deep into chaos and managed to reestablish a relatively stable order. However, there is still chaos. Corruption hasn’t been subdued. Work ethics are perhaps even worse after the revolution. Our educational and health care systems, our crown jewels, are dwindling. Group mentality has been strengthening its roots. Selfishness is rampant. Lying for one’s best interests is becoming the norm across all different classes of society. The environment is being tortured on a daily basis.
Where a cynic sees reasons to flee, I see reasons to stay. Even the worst side of Tunisia is compelling me to stay. There’s simply so much we can do and we have to do. And by choosing ‘doing’to bring forth a better reality for our grandchildren, I also choose to imbue my life with meaning.
And nothing trumps meaning.
You can visit every country on this vast and generous earth, you can wallow in the comforts of the most civilized nation, you can gratify and shower your senses with all the pleasures in existence, there will always be that hole inside of you that screams for meaning.
If my first argument of being grateful to the hand that taught you hasn’t convinced you, I have just presented you with a selfish one that is capable of rendering your life a tenfold more satisfying.
Instead of seeing the dark side of Tunisia as an excuse to leave, what if we saw it as a challenge to be overcome; Everyone would benefit from such a paradigm shift. You will see yourself growing into a kinder human being and your light, born thanks to your newly acquired world view, will invite others to follow your path. Future generations will be thankful and you will pay back the debt you owe to your country.
As Dr. Jordan Peterson says:
How could the nature of man ever reach its full potential without challenge and danger? How dull and contemptible would we become if there was no longer reason to pay attention? Maybe God thought His new creation would be able to handle the serpent, and considered its presence the lesser of two evils.
Freedom of speech:
While it is true that freedom of speech cannot fill your stomach, it does allow you to defend your right of having enough to eat. For me, freedom of speech is the fundamental right by which we can defend all other rights. I.e, we have no rights without freedom of speech. It should be regarded not as a right but as a sacred right.
Tunisians can rightfully boast their hard-earned freedom of speech. In a region that is engulfed in massacres and widespread oppression by totalitarian regimes, Tunisia stands proudly tall.
However, skepticism about the value of this rather strange right has been gaining more ground in the Tunisian minds. Partly, because the costs of living have risen compared to Ben Ali’s era. And I cannot blame them.
It isn’t clear why should Tunisians care so much about having freedom of speech. At least, it wasn’t for me until I have started learning about Dr. Peterson’s ideas
I think the most brilliant discovery human beings ever made is that chaos is transformed into order by the word and you are all speakers of the word and if you want chaos to be transformed into hell then lie if you want chaos to be transformed into heaven then tell the truth.
Chaos, as I have mentioned earlier can be transformed into order only by the power of the word. And the word cannot exert its power without the freedom of speech. Our problems cannot be solved without us actually speaking their solutions in the first place. Thinking that we could do away with the freedom of speech if we are under the rule of a benevolent dictator is delusional.
Dictators have too much power in their hands to be benevolent. On the surface, they will have you believe that they are serving their countries to the best of their abilities. A mere scratch of that surface will reveal horrors no single human imagination can conceive.
A totalitarian never asks, “What if my current ambition is in error?” He treats it, instead, as the Absolute. It becomes his God, for all intents and purposes. It constitutes his highest value. It regulates his emotions and motivational states, and determines his thoughts. All people serve their ambition. In that matter, there are no atheists. There are only people who know, and don’t know, what God they serve.
It seems to me that the only way forward is by speaking the truth. Herein lies the value of freedom of speech.
If you say no to your boss, or your spouse, or your mother, when it needs to be said, then you transform yourself into someone who can say no when it needs to be said. If you say yes when no needs to be said, however, you transform yourself into someone who can only say yes, even when it is very clearly time to say no. If you ever wonder how perfectly ordinary, decent people could find themselves doing the terrible things the gulag camp guards did, you now have your answer. By the time no seriously needed to be said, there was no one left capable of saying it.
What shall I do with a torn nation? Stitch it back together with careful words of truth
And let’s not forget that only a few years ago:
People sacrificed immensely to bring about what we have now. In many cases, they literally died for it — and we should act with some respect for that fact.
Rights and Responsibilities:
For a few years after the revolution, strikes, and demonstrations demanding several rights, mostly financial ones, have seen a staggering increase. Almost not a single day passes without someone or some union body is somewhere doing something to ask for rights. And almost no one, anywhere, is doing anything to talk about responsibilities.
Rights and responsibilities are inherent to each other. You cannot have one without having the other.
This is perhaps the central message in Jordan Peterson’s, should I say, sermons.
You can’t have the conversation about rights without the conversation about responsibility because your rights are my responsibility that’s what they are technically so you just can’t have only half of that discussion and we’re only having half that discussion and the question is well what the hell are you leaving out if you only have that half of the discussion and the answer is what you’re leaving out responsibility and then the question is well what are you leaving out if you’re leaving out responsibility and the answer might be well maybe you’re leaving out the meaning of life.
If you’ll take something with you from this article, make it that last quote from the Doctor.
This particular lesson from Dr. Jordan hit a nerve and changed my perspective on how terrible corruption can be for each one of us and how eradicating it should be our top priority.
I think we know what makes cultures rich, trust. What makes trust possible, honesty. You know, you want natural resources? There’s nothing more valuable than trust and honesty. Why is the world poor?
Corruption. That’s why almost all the poor countries are corrupt. A part of the reason they’re poor is because they’re corrupt! Now, you know you might say well, are the Western countries so uncorrupt? It’s like well, they’ve got their problems but generally, the answer is they’re not corrupt.
I do believe that in the West the default is you won’t screw me now and that means that I can trust your persona. If the default is you will screw me then I’m a barrel of snakes and you’re a barrel of snakes and we will never get anywhere.
What pains me about the corruption phenomena is that it seems that it’s a problem that I can do nothing about. However, I owe Dr. Peterson the shift I experienced in the way I saw it.
Corruption is fundamentally lying. It is a monster that feeds on lies. they may even be innocuous small lies. But, there are so many of us. And these lies add-up. We end up living in a society that is built on lies; a corrupt society.
The bright side of this is that we are responsible for this destructive force, that is corruption. It cannot be projected on external forces so that we can rest helpless in complacency. We cannot blame it on someone or something else. And we are not helpless. We are responsible for it and we can change it.
Each time, one of us chooses to speak the truth, the monster of corruption starves a little bit more. Can we starve it to death? Probably not. But we can reduce its size so that no more major social harms are incurred because of it.
Truth is the antidote to corruption.
It’s also not for the best that all human corruption is uncritically laid at society’s feet. That conclusion merely displaces the problem, back in time. It explains nothing and solves no problems. If society is corrupt, but not the individuals within it, then where did the corruption originate? How is it propagated? It’s a one-sided, deeply ideological theory.
Making things better:
I would say to people, select the domain in which you can act. Straighten it up first and that’ll transform things a bit. You put your house in order then you can start to put your town in order or maybe your street or maybe your neighborhood. Fix up what you can fix up and see what happens.
Not a single person can solve all the issues we are facing. But, all of us can. If each one of us, focuses on where he can bring change, stop telling lies and blaming his country for all the evils has gone through, we will inevitably improve as a society.
There’s often something that you would fix start there, fix it and try again, try to see if there’s something else you can fix. You have to start with what you can do and you start locally like right locally and you can tell it’s the right amount of local because it bugs you, you could fix it and you will fix it. It’s perfect. That’s your problem that’s exactly your problem right there. Fix it, well then everything shifts a little bit. The balance between chaos and order is a little better.
Neither you nor I, or anyone else, can singlehandedly tract the boat out of the mud. But, if we act in unison we all can. We may even be able to fix the holes in the boat. We may even be able to build a boat we cannot even imagine right now.
There is too much to be done and too little time in which to do it. But we don’t have to strive alone, and there is nothing but good in distributing the responsibilities, cooperating in the efforts, and sharing credit for the productive and meaningful work thereby undertaken.
We can make things infinitely better.
“Better? Perhaps that means better for me, and my family, and my friends — even for my enemies. But that’s not all it means. It means better today, in a manner that makes everything better tomorrow, and next week, and next year, and a decade from now, and a hundred years from now. And a thousand years from now. And forever.”
Standing-up for our homeland:
Building a nation that one can be proud of is a burden, but a very worthwhile one. Thousands of people have died so that you may have access to free basic and higher education and all the other privileges.
If they have died so that you may live, you should live so that future generations may live excellently.
It’s easier not to shoulder a burden. It’s easier not to think, and not to do, and not to care. It’s easier to put off until tomorrow what needs to be done today, and drown the upcoming months and years in today’s cheap pleasures. As the infamous father of the Simpson clan puts it, immediately prior to downing a jar of mayonnaise and vodka, “That’s a problem for Future Homer. Man, I don’t envy that guy!”
The following is a quote from 12 rules for life. It has in it all the wisdom we need to have an adequate worldview and perspective and thus a better nation.
To stand up straight with your shoulders back means building the ark that protects the world from the flood, guiding your people through the desert after they have escaped tyranny, making your way away from comfortable home and country, and speaking the prophetic word to those who ignore the widows and children. It means shouldering the cross that marks the X, the place where you and Being intersect so terribly. It means casting dead, rigid and too tyrannical order back into the chaos in which it was generated; it means withstanding the ensuing uncertainty, and establishing, in consequence, a better, more meaningful and more productive order.
Beyond these hopeful words, I am not delusional. I am very aware that serious problems may arise at any time. To think about the hurdles that are facing us and can face us before we can develop a nation worthy of our history is dizzying.
However, dwelling on such thoughts is of no use. What I suggest is we equip ourselves with the right mental models of this world we are living in so that we may have the courage to rebuild again and again whatever the time may wear-down or erase.
What shall I do in the next dire moment? Focus my attention on the next right move.
Saturday, the 5th of December, 2020 :
Things have been dark lately. A patriotic doctor passed away in a horrible accident, the parliament is a circus, cynicism is dominating public discourse and the most of hopeful of us are starting to doubt their convictions of a better future.
I do believe in a better future, but not because I am hopeful, it’s because my perspective on what’s happening is wider and my philosophy of life accounts for such tragic events. This may explain, why I am still clutching to this land.
My pen couldn’t help but bleed these words:
We owe it to previous and future generations to stay and fight. Those who died for us and those who are yet to be born. If I am where I am, it’s because of the sacrifices of those who came before me. I’m in their debt, and I have to pay back. If you want to leave, leave but be humble enough to show gratitude or at least be decent enough to let those who chose to stay be, they do not need your cynicism.
We owe it to the beautiful soul of the doctor, to stay and fight. His death must not go in vain. Giving-up will only make it all the more tragic. We can’t let history tell that he died for nothing. We owe it to every soul who left us too soon.
There’s not one single person can change everything, and definitely not overnight. But, we all can, individually, incrementally and each according to his ability.
In dark times like this, it helps to understand, nothing is set in stone. Things can change. We just have to choose either to let them degenerate further or take matters into our own hands, and disentangle this land from the tentacles of corruption, rusty minds, and traitors.
Friday, the 11th of December, 2020
I think our best and only bet for a better future is for everyone to focus on their specific area where they can bring actual change. It’s no use obsessing over news, and amplifying the social media mania and hysteria.
There’s probably nothing you can do about 99.99% of what you see and hear. And that’s okay. You don’t have to. All you have to do is to make your little corner as good as possible and hope there’s enough people who will do the same, so that collectively things can get decent enough.
Staying informed is something, and torturing yourself because of what you’re being informed about is something else. It may seem unethical not to spend time thinking about the tragedies we keep on hearing about. But, it’s not. You literally can’t do anything about them. At least not directly.
I believe what’s truly unethical is being capable of making things even a tiny bit better, and choosing instead to wallow in desperation and spread your cynicism to everyone else.
Our time is limited. All we can do is to choose action where we know, it’ll push things slightly in the right direction. Everything else is a waste of time and a recipe for anxiety, hopelesnnes and mournful fatalism.
Tuesday, the 29th of December, 2020
Yet, another young soul passes away in a mysterious car accident. It’s not completely clear how it took place. However, based on what we know so far, there seems to be a culprit; absence of work ethic, or should I say plain absence of ethic.
I wrote this earlier:
You have blood on your hands
If you haven’t done your job properly, you have murdered him.
If you haven’t fixed what you can fix, you have murdered him.
If you bribed your way into your job, you have murdered him.
If you stood in silence before an injustice, you have murdered him.
If you turned a blind eye to corruption, you have murdered him.
If you chose to let the undeserving rule, you have murdered him
And all of those who might face a similar fate.
We are the murderers.
We have blood on our hands.
What happened recently reminded me of the “Psychology of the Flood lecture” in which the doctor, offers an eerily precise diagnosis of most of the ills that plague this country.
But success makes us complacent. We forget to pay attention. We take what we have for granted. We turn a blind eye. We fail to notice that things are changing, or that corruption is taking root. And everything falls apart. Is that the fault of reality—of God? Or do things fall apart because we have not paid sufficient attention?
When the hurricane hit New Orleans, and the town sank under the waves, was that a natural disaster? The Dutch prepare their dikes for the worst storm in ten thousand years. Had New Orleans followed that example, no tragedy would have occurred. It’ s not that no one knew . The Flood Control Act of 1965 mandated improvements in the levee system that held back Lake Pontchartrain. The system was to be completed by 1978. Forty years later , only 60 percent of the work had been done. Willful blindness and corruption took the city down. A hurricane is an act of God. But failure to prepare, when the necessity for preparation is well known—that’ s sin. That’ s failure to hit the mark. And the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). The ancient Jews always blamed themselves when things fell apart. They acted as if God’ s goodness—the goodness of reality—was axiomatic, and took responsibility for their own failure. That’ s insanely responsible. But the alternative is to judge reality as insufficient, to criticize Being itself, and to sink into resentment and the desire for revenge.
Tuesday, the 2nd of January, 2021
What happened recently reminded me of the “Psychology of the Flood lecture” in which the doctor, offers an eerily precise diagnosis of most of the ills that plague this country.
Firas El Echi, a prominent sports journalist and media personality, has grown the habit of spreading cynicism through his Facebook page. Each of his videos easily garners thousands of views. Using his charms and communication prowess, he delivers a message that is the exact opposite of mine. A message, as explained in this article, does not require any particular Echi, to resonate with Tunisians.
He has blocked me.
After, I have shared one of his posts with my take on one of his trademark messages “Leave-هج”, the man realized that he cannot bear looking in the mirror.
His post that I shared:
The comment for which he blocked me:
Noticing what he has done, I wrote this:
The so-called hyper-intellectual, leader of all leaders, الفايق الوحيد في تونس، Jesus himself blocked me because I have more than two brain cells and I can actually criticise what he says instead of using it as a proxy for my own failures?
His original text on the left.
And here’s my full take on it:
“Sick and tired of this debate, so here are my objective two cents, once and for all:
– Staying does not mean you’re patriotic. You have to be able to leave and then stay. Then maybe, just maybe, you are patriotic.
– You can leave and help your country more than if you had stayed.
– Leaving does not mean your life will necessarily get better. So many gave-in to the public hysteria promoted by the likes of Firas, only to find themselves struggling even more.
– Telling people to leave no matter what is not any different from telling people to stay no matter what.
– No one is allowed to judge another person for leaving. No one is allowed to judge another person for staying.
– If you can make it here and be with your family, I think this is the ideal scenario (This is my personal decision).
– If you can’t make it here, then you should probably leave. It’s a lose-lose situation for you and your country. When you sort your life out abroad, maybe then you can start thinking of helping, or even coming back.
– The situation can be hopeless only if those who can change things give-up.
– Things are not set in stone. They can change.
– Those who are living in developed nations are humans, just like us.
– Western countries have not been always been ideal places to live in (They still aren’t). Read some history.
– Your country does owe you. Period.