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Bad Boy Bubby

I saw a movie early this morning around 4 am on ARTE channel. I am under the impression it is a German film.

Bubby is a 35 year-old big kid with balding head in the front.  Buddy lived confined in a room all these years.  Bubby’s mother Flo played him this game that the air outside is poisonous and deadly.

Thus, Flo wore a gas mask before locking the door as she goes to work for the day; she orders Bubby to “stay still and quiet”.  Bubby would sit still all day long; he is wetting himself until his mother comes back.

Flo would curse Bubby for getting dirty and then she would wash a Bubby totally nude; then Flo would wash herself.  Flo would then make love to Bubby; Buddy is the passive and Flo is always on top.

Flo must have trained well Bubby on the best sex activities that pleased and satisfied her: Bubby would massage slowly Flo’s vast bosom, and Flo would say: “Yes, my gentle and good Bubby.”

Once, Bubby asked his mother how it feels to lacking air and Flo grabbed his neck from behind and shut close Bubby’s nostrils.  Bubby tried suffocating his cat with a plastic wrap and succeeded.  Bubby is now holding and carrying the dead cat wherever he goes. A crucifix is the only pendent in the room and Flo frequently threatens Bubby that God sees everything.

Flo’s lover, (a faked protestant priest with a white collar), shows up after 35 years of absence and this couple resumed where they left off.  Bubby is forgotten and the couple spends most of their days outside getting drunk and having good time.  Bubby is ordered out of the room/apartment, wearing the gas mask, so that the lovers get on with the love business.

The lover teaches Bubby to call him Popy (Daddy).  Bubby is an excellent kid actor: he retains sentences and the correct way to imitate people.  Bubby is getting jealous and wrecks the room.

Bubby asphixiates the two lovers at night with plastic wrap; he carries his dead cat and ventured out for the first time in his life.  Bubby meets juveniles in a sport red car and memorized their curses.

Bubby meets with a choral of religious group chanting outside and he joins them; he is invited for the first time to taste pizza and he loved pizza best.  The youngest female of the choral is mounting Bubby in her apartment and loves Bubby’s passive sex act and she starts singing her favorite chant to Jesus.

Bubby is picked up by a rock band and joins in the singing of “Bad Boy Bubby”:  the band comprehended Bubby’s mental limitations and liked his naive and talented acting potentials.

Bubby cannot help but massaging big tits and gets in serious troubles. Once, the group of females knocks Bubby down and kicks him savagely.  Bubby is in jail and he is raped by the warden before being set free with $10 charge.  Bubby returns home saying: “Now I understand momy why you didn’t want me to know the outside world.”

In the morning, Bubby goes out again wearing his “daddy’s” priest garment along with the white collar: Bubby’s new name is “Popy”.  Bubby enters a cathedral and is awestruck by a huge crucifix. He is listening to a rich guy playing the organ alone; the man invites Bubby to his modern and extra clean factory and tell Bubby that God does not exist, that this world cannot be saved but by men… All it takes is that men take on their responsibilities and avoid finding a scapegoat in God for excuses of their bad behaviors.

Buddy gets friendly with a small alley cat and goes out to fetch pizza for the cat.  Bubby meets with the rock band and takes center stage singing everything he had memorized.  The band writes to Buddy their address since Buddy insists on leaving in order to feed and sleep with the kitten.  Bubby chase away a bunch of juvenile delinquents harassing his kitten; the cat is found dead and Bubby is carrying it around.

Assistants to handicapped people meet Bubby holding a dead cat in a public garden; Bubby the kid can understand the handicapped individuals and he is taken to aid communicating with the handicapped people.

Bubby falls in love with the heavy bosomed assistant Angela and the love is returned; Angela washes Bubby and shows him her big tits. Angela stumbles on the address piece of paper of the rock band.  Angela takes Bubby to the band and watches Buddy’s shows and mingles with the audience going crazy with Bubby’s antics.

Bubby is now the leading man of the band since he is the generator of the large audience.  The band has a surprise to Bubby:  two gorgeous blondes are hiding completely nude under the cover of a bed waiting for Bubby. Bubby is not interested with their medium size tits:  they are too small for his desire.

Angela lets Bubby meet her parents for lunch; Angela’s folks belittle their daughter as fat on the ground that “God abhors fat girl.”  Angela cries and Bubby is upset.

That night, Angela’s parents are found dead suffocated with plastic wrap.  Angela is saying to Bubby: “Anyway, they would have died of cancer or poisoned air.”   One of the rock band member makes Bubby promise never to kill again since every religion killed millions in order to have their God up another God: Gods that are fundamentally the same unique God.

Angela is pregnant with a child and Bubby is playing with his kid in the garden: a big kid playing with his kid.  Bubby is happy and totally at peace with his new world.

Port of your blue sea eyes

Blue sea eyes; 

On the deck of your blue eyes rain

Audible vibrating lights.

On the port of your blue eyes

From a tiny open window

A view

Of faraway birds swarming,

Searching for yet undiscovered islands.

On the deck of your blue eyes

Summer snow is falling.

I am a kid jumping over rocks

Deeply inhaling the sea wind

And then returns a weary bird.

On the port of your blue eyes

I dream of oceans and navigation.

If I were a seafarer

If anyone lent me a boat

I would surely ease up my boat closer

To your blue sea eyes

Every sundown.

Note 1: An abridged free translation from Arabic of the famous late Syrian poet Nizar Kabbani.

 

The day before the municipal election in northern Lebanon two brothers were shot dead by a member of a Maronite political party that retained its civil war period name of “Lebanese Forces” headed by Sameer Geaja3.  A spree of public condemnations by several party leaders alluded to a resurgence of  the “spirit of militia”, transmitted and disseminated among  the members of the Lebanese Forces, after their leader Geaja3 was released from prison in 2005.   It might not be simple coincidences that political assassinations and civil war vandettas increased after the return of Geaja3 to the political scene; actually, Geaja3 made it a point of honor of warning about coming assassinations few days before they occurred.

Sameer Geaja3 was convicted of masterminding the assassinations of many political officials and a Prime Minister during and after the end of the civil war; he spent 13 years in a military prison and was politically released for one main reasons:  After the Syrian troops vacated Lebanon in 2005, General Michel Aoun who was a political refugee in France returned to Lebanon; his party the “Tayyar Hurr” swept the Christian votes in the Parliamentary election.  It is to be noted that this victory came about without the need for any alliance with other political parties; almost all political parties coalesced to tarnish Aoun image and initiated an AounPhobia culture.  Thus, the sectarian political structure in Lebanon decided to find a political counter weight among the Christians to the leadership of Michel Aoun:  Geaja3 was promptly set free.

The civil war ended but the spirit of militias remained intact; all the militias kept many of their weapons hidden.  The militia leaders were returned to the government in order “to give peace a chance”.  Apparently, Sameer Geaja3 got the impression from the US administration that a civil war was a strong possibility in order to tame the power of Hezbollah; it is the Saddam Hussein mentality or syndrom of hearing what pleased his plans and inclinations.  But first, Israel was to take a serious shot at Hezbollah and it failed in 2006.  The US administration of Bush Junior tried one more time to distabilize Hezbollah in 2008 and again failed:  Hezbollah counter attaqued vigourously and close all Israeli bunkers in Beirut and the Mustakbal para-military centers of Seniora PM in Beirut under the names of “Security Private Guard” offices.

The “spirit of militia” of the Druze leader Waleed Jumblat was contained practically in 2008 and then politically in 2010 by officially visiting Damascus. The “spirit of militia” of Nabeeh Berry (head of the Parliament) was also contained practically by Hezbollah and politically by Syria.  Only the “spirit of militia” of Sameer Geaja3 was still to be controlled and the time has come.

This government of “national union” of all the main parties was not possible without the tacit agreement of the US.  It means that the US wants a diplomatic and political resolution of the Middle East crisis.  Consequently, Lebanon was not to be the scapegoat or the excuse for any further distabilization in the region where all regional powers use Lebanon to sending “messages” of disagreements to stability plans in the region.

Dozing over her schoolbook

You are snoozing on my arm darling

A kid dozing over her schoolbook.

My arm is no longer mine darling

It is an extension of your flesh, nerves, and warm heart;

It is part of your sorrows, wet eyelids, and soft breath.

Do you remember how often you threw snowballs at me

Then come rushing to cuddle in my arms for warmth?

You are no longer an extension of my arm darling

Your love is deeply sculpted by knife in my nerves.

You came close and asked for my autograph;

You almost begged for a single line of poetry.

“A poem I could hide in my black long hair”, you said;

“And let it rest like a baby, over my soft pillow”.

I know, my lovely warm and shiny springtime,

I know that the poems of my youth

Painted beauty in every beautiful girl

And it did blossom inanimate bosoms.

I know, the poems of my youth set afire stars,

Ruined kingdoms and marriages.

It is my hot heart that was behind my hands, ink, and papers.

This heart has retreated behind cigarette smokes.

Tis no time to be fooled my shiny springtime.

What you see is an empty temple

In front of you stands a cold, icy crumbling column.

The poems that set your heart on fire are yours.

Melt them in your heart

Get wild, go wild and set fires

Burn, burn this drying world.

A new fresh dawn must arise with every generation.

Note: Two abridged poems combined in one from the late Syrian poet Nizar Kabbani

My Sunny Levant 

(Rainbow over the Levant)

Antonios (1346-1381)

Chapter 1: Genesis of family from the Metn district

After his wedding, the minor landlord Youssef Fares spread the word that his first born boy would be named Antoun.

His wife Jamila was a proud and steadfast person and made her young husband promise to expand their one large-room home to include a private bedroom with door by the time she gives birth to a child. Jamila also wished not to have to step outside for bodily needs and washing, as was common, because she had a deep sense of privacy and propriety.

The stone house was a tad larger than the neighbors’, but resembled them by the lack of modern amenities. At night, bedding were removed from a special drawer to replace the cushions that spread around the room.  The tiny kitchen was located on the north-west corner.

Eleven months later, Jamila gave birth to Latifa, a girl.  It was too early for Youssef to despair and his immediate second attempt produced Youmna, a girl, thirteen months later.

Within fifteen days of Youmna’s birth, Youssef went ahead with his project for a large family and was stopped dead in his track.   The strong headed and shrewd Jamila sent him packing to the fields to work harder and give priority to feeding his growing family.

A year went by and Youssef’s male friends and relatives smirked at him and nicknamed his eldest daughter Antouneyeh which precipitated Youssef in a state of isolation, shunning friends and acquaintances.

Jamila sensed that business was deteriorating and the atmosphere in the house darkening and so she decided to give the nod for Youssef to resume his cherished project of producing a boy and crossed her fingers that destiny would turn more clement: Jamila did not believe in large families and mocked the traditional economic viability that feeding more mouths is the panacea for riches and life’s security in advanced age.

Jamila hired a helper to salvage the energies of Youssef and economized in everything except on substantial breakfasts and suppers, understanding that destiny had to be catered to if enterprises had to be successful.

Jamila would boil water in cold weather to warm Youssef’s feet after a day’s work and rub his back and shoulders with a warm wet cloth; everything had to contribute to begetting a healthy boy who should be called Antoun.

Youssef Fares was a wreck when his wife was pregnant for the third time and could no longer appreciate the jokes of his close friends, attributing the successive birth of females to his weak virility and the dominance of his wife in family affairs. The whole community knew that Youssef wanted to call his first-born son Antoun and so he was nicknamed Bou Antoun (father of Antoun) immediately after his marriage.

Youssef had driven Jamila to the walls in the last nine months, ordering her to pray more rosaries than needed, spending plenty of money on religious donations and making her submit to all kinds of traditional requests that would guarantee giving birth to a baby boy this time around.

In 1346, the big three kilograms baby Antoun showed up in his entire splendor.  Many exhaled a deep sight of relief, especially Latifa his eldest sister.  Jamila was drained from every ounce of energy and experienced a period of baby blues that lasted two weeks; she directed Youssef not to receive visitors while she was sick and to delay any major celebration until she could be ready to participate fully in the baptismal ceremony.

For the first time, scared to see his strong wife in such a state of depression and weakness, Youssef reluctantly postponed the grand celebration and sent word to the neighbors to temporarily guard his house from well wishers until Jamila was up to the task of honoring guests.

Jamila tried to breast feed big baby Antoun for two days and gave up this arduous and ineffectual endeavor, so that Youssef had to find surrogate mothers for the frequently and ever so hungry Antoun.

The house allowed only breast-feeding females to enter in the first week and then Bou Antoun had to carry his new-born son to different houses, at least four times a day, and suffer accidents and the humiliating caprices of little Antoun until a permanent deal to breast feed the gluttonous Antoun was arranged.

One night, Youssef confided to his wife his apprehensions about the baby boy; it seems that while he was carrying his boy to a feeding mother the baby constantly tried to rummage through his chest, proving that he was unable to be discriminating in a hungry state.  Youssef failed on the spot to describe his own embarrassment, but when he realized the purpose of baby Antoun,  in a weak moment, he revealed to Jamila that he felt his neck independent of his body, his head revolving in all directions for signs of any witness to Antoun’s behavior, his face scarlet hot with shame.

These two weeks of personal tending to his baby son’s needs proved a wealth of direct attachment and close bonding that not many fathers experience in their life time.

Bou Antoun threw a grandiose banquet for the occasion of baptizing his son and he entertained his audience as the supreme king sneering at his friends and threatening them for dire consequences if any of them dared any worn out jokes about virility and lack of authority.

During the festivity, Bou Antoun would dart flaming glances at Jamila and the only responses received from her steel cold eyes he correctly interpreted as saying: “Forget it.  Wipe it out of your mind.  You got what you wanted and do not expect any further special attentions.  Just sit tight and wait if and when I give any new signals.”

Youssef spent his energy expanding his business and planning for Antoun’s future who grew up comfortable among women; a great deal of self-esteem sharpened his mind under the watchful eyes of his strong spirited and hard-working mother.  Antoun was officially weaned within 18 months but he knew his surrogate mothers and felt at home attempting to breast feeding from anyone he was familiar with.

The next four years opened many neighbors’ doors to the growing Antoun who used to help himself to double and three portions at each meal when food was being served, his being most welcomed as a member of the family.

Jamila was obliged during the many special occasions to cook extra portions of sweets to be offered as gifts to the multitude of surrogate mothers in order to repay the favors of her neighbors and as compensation for the ravages done to the neighbors’ depleting pantries.

At 8 of age Antoun was sent to a nearby religious school to learn reading and writing in both languages of Arabic and Aramaic, and some elementary arithmetic. He was also introduced to the rudiments of the French language from a learned monk.

In the afternoons, Antoun helped on the family farms and ultimately was responsible for the accounting.  During religious holidays his sisters and he used to memorize whole sections of the Bible and then act scenes to entertain the family and guests assembled before dinner.

Since girls were not to go to any school outside their homes, his eldest sister Latifa would hang out with Antoun and share his school lessons on pretence of keeping an eye on his scheduled school assignments.

One day, Latifa overheard a disgruntled man cursing saint Anthony because he donated some money for the Saint in order to recover a precious lost object to no avail. Latifa put a twist on the saying and her mom heard her chanting: “Mar Antoun of Mrouj, big thief and far gone senile.”  Latifa was to ask forgiveness on her knees in front of the saint’s statue and wear a male St. Anthony frock for a month.

Is there a strategic defense program in Lebanon?  Yes, there is one and in progress.   You don’t have to take my word for evidence.

In short, the Lebanese army is in charge of security and civil defense in all Lebanon; the army is to take on defensive positions and respond to Israeli guns and repealing any land incursions and sea landings.  The Lebanese resistance forces of Hezbollah is in charge of targeting deep land and marine strategic installations within Israel: Hezbollah’ Secretary General, Hassan Nasr Allah, promised to target Tel Aviv if Beirut is targeted; to target Ben Gurion airport if Beirut airport is targeted; to sink any navy or commercial cargoes heading toward Israel if Israel Navy decides to seal off Lebanon’ sea front.  This is a very pragmatic and efficient strategic plan for several reasons:

First, the Lebanese army lacks war materials and is denied any modern and efficient weapons to strategically check the Zionist army.  Thus, Hezbollah is training and extending short to medium range missiles to the army in order to countering any Israeli pre-emptive war and the massing of troops by the borders.  This strictly defensive job is within the rights of the State of Lebanon: the international community could not lay blame on the Lebanese army to using weapons stocked by Hezbollah to defending the motherland.

Second, Hezbollah has the job of hurting Israel’s economy, commerce, transport, and whatever it takes to slow down any land or sea invasions.  Hezbollah cannot be blamed to counter attacking in kind, given the barbaric war that Israel waged in 2006 by destroying almost all Lebanon’s infrastructure and industrial complexes and polluting our sea shores with oil from destroyed refineries.

Third, this is a pragmatic plan well suited to Lebanon’s intricate political system that would have never agreed on any realistic strategic plan.   It is a plan being ironed out as difficulties and diplomatic troubles wreck the political and social landscape of Lebanon.  There is high level field cooperation between the army and the resistance which is antagonizing many political leaders who would like Lebanon to remain weak and begging foreign interventions to safeguarding its sovereignty.

Fourth, the political discussion around the famous “Table for the strategic defense plan” is an excellent source for open communication among the various parties to extending political cover for field integration and cooperation between the army and the resistance.

This approach to strategic defense could not have been possible without the tacit agreement among Iran, Syria, and  Qatar and their financial and material supports.  The political support of Turkey to Lebanon is a serious diplomatic counter weight to the US total support for Israel.

AounPhobia versus AounIdolatry

Note: I received this e-mail in French and decided to translate it, and repost it, within context and clarify a few issues.

First, a few clarifications:

General Aoun was ousted as Prime Minister in 1989 by the Syrian forces with a US green light.  Aoun became a political refugee in France till 2005.

As the Syrians troops were getting ready to leave Lebanon in 2005, Aoun was getting ready to return to Lebanon.  France did its best to discourage Aoun to return to Lebanon at the urge and strong pressures from all political parties in Lebanon, mostly the sectarian and feudal parties, that felt that Aoun might take center stage with Lebanese anxious of Syria withdrawal.

As Aoun landed he proclaimed: “Now that the Syrian army is out of Lebanon then I no longer has any qualms with Syria”  

All political parties refrained from allying with the Tayyar of Aoun during the Parliamentary election of 2005, both the March 8 and the March 14 alliances, respectively with the US or Syria interference in Lebanon.  And yet, Aoun’s party won hands down the election with a landslide majority of the Christian voters.

Now the e-mail.

“The current principal Lebanese cleavage seems to be between what separate the two political groups: AounPhobia (or March 14 political alliances) versus AounIdolatry (or March 8 alliances).

(That was before Aoun allied with Hezbollah in order to break this separation among the religious sects, specifically between the Sunni and Shia that Israel/USA has been inflaming for decades)

You are under the impression that we got over the old quarrels between Arabists and Phoenicians origins of the Lebanese; that we got over pro Bush Junior or Bashar Assad of Syria, and that March 8 or 14 alliances are old and insipid tales.

All the fracturing lines are AounDeluvian. (Especially when Aoun was elected President of the Republic in 2017 and currently when all the Big mafia/militia Rodents are out of the government after the mass upheaval in October 17 2019)

You can no longer sit for dinner without AounPhobia group AounLambasts  AounIdolaters.  The evening is thus ruined for the rare AounNeutrals

The worst part is that the actual staunchest AounPhobias were the most AounIdolaters when General Michel Aoun was the designated Prime Minister in 1988 and fighting the Syrian troops in Lebanon as invaders. (No, not the leaders: they were the most ass-liking of Syrian mandated power)

AounPhobia people are irremediably AounPsychaitrists: their diagnostics are AounChrist (antichrist), AounMegalomania, and Aounarcisist. AounPhobia people are under AounDepressents and proud to be AountPhobia addicted….”

An Aounxieted citizen

In 2006, before Israel’ pre-preemptive war on Lebanon, Aoun had a rapprochement with Hezbollah that upset all alliances and made the alliances of the majority of Christians with the Muslim Shias during the 2005 parliamentary election an unbeatable political power pressure.

Syria then welcomed Aoun officially as a major State personality for an entire week.

It seems that Syria is trying currently to clip the advances of Aoun’s party by ordering political leaders who sided staunchly with Aoun to desist from total support rhetoric.

For example, the Maronite Suleiman Frangieh of Zogarta, the Druze Erslan of Aley, and Skaf of Zahle have been showing lukewarm enthusiasm for Aoun during the latest municipal election.

Even Hezbollah, through its alliance with AMAL of Nabih Berry, has been implicitly trying to weaken the Tayyar influence.

Still, the Tayyar of Aoun managed to win big time in both the Parliamentary and municipal elections.

 

Chant for the dead: Tesh Bohto’l Moryo

Has the State of Lebanon to be “officially” re-confirmed every year?

Normal people get scared with rumors of incoming anarchy; people get very apprehensive when society verges on chaos.  The Lebanese people, (since their “formal independence” in 1943 from French colonialist mandated power, and then approved and recognized by the UN in 1946) have been living a continuous series of Hitchcock ‘s kinds of scary and harrowing movies.

The genius of Hitchcock, in keeping audience totally riveted to the screen, is that he understood the psychic of normal people for aversion to situations going out of hand from normal expectations.  After over 74 years of formal recognition by the UN as a State, Lebanon is still not sure of having acquired a real and long-lasting independence and permanent recognition as a State.

For example, almost every year, the States with veto power in the UN such as US, Russia, China, France, and England feel the need to convey the good news to the Lebanese that the decision is to safeguard the independence of Lebanon and its autonomy!

Every now and then, Lebanon has been under formal mandate since its independence in 1943.  From 1943 to 1952 Lebanon was supervised by France (all the main first level positions in public service and the government formal political guidelines were to be pre-approved by French government); from 1952 to 1959 it was the turn of England to controlling Lebanon’s “independence”.  From 1959 to 1970 it was Egypt of Gamal Abdel Nasser that had the annoying duty to guiding and training Lebanon to proper political attitudes.  From 1971 to 1977  this job was leased to Yasser Arafat of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.  From 1977 to 1982 it was the turn of Syria’s Hafiz Assad to shoulder that burden.  From 1982 to 2002 Israel cooperated with Syria to re-direct Lebanon’s fundamental political guidelines.  From 2000 to 2005 it was Syria’s Bashar Assad sole affair to controlling Lebanon with the total support of the USA.  From 2005 to 2008 it was the coalition of the USA and Saudi Arabia to oversee Lebanon’s newer political positions.  From 2008 to 2010 it is the consortium of the US, Saudi Arabia and Syria to calm the anxieties of the Lebanese “citizens” of the possibility of total anarchy.

The Lebanese are getting used to foreign interference in their internal affairs: the Lebanese are very “understanding” of the rationales of foreign interests in Lebanon.  Last week, Lebanon witnessed the visits of at least five international and regional Head of States, Prime Ministers, and Foreign affairs ministers.  All these dignitaries had a single message to convey to our “leading” political figures:  Israel and the US mean business by their threats of waging another pre-emptive war on Lebanon if Hezbollah is not contained (meaning satisfying UN Resolution 1701).  All those delegates are apprehensive of Hezbollah’s acquiring performing missile systems that can hit Tel Aviv.

It is the same threats that the US effectively got under way in 2006 by ordering Israel to contain Hezbollah in launching a pre-emptive war that lasted 33 days.  The US and Israel, and many “moderate” Arab heads failed miserably in their purpose and this embarrassing war strengthened Hezbollah position and hold on Lebanon’s political system.

The Lebanese are very “understanding” of foreign States meddling in their internal affairs:  Our sectarian and “comprador” political and social system didn’t change for 8 decades.  Lebanon has 18 formally recognized religious sects; the hierarchy of each sect is vying for the support of a foreign State in order to maintain their “shares” in the spoil at the expense of the general benefit of the population.

We have a “Constitution” that describes the procedures and dates for elections and the forming of governments and Parliament.  The dates or schedules for elections (municipal and Parliament) are called “Istehkakate”; neither the dates nor the procedures have been applied in the last 30 years.

Lebanon experienced living without a President for the Republic for many years and at many instances; Lebanon survived living without Prime Ministers many times and for long duration; Lebanon lived under two Prime Ministers more than once; Lebanon lived under three formal Lebanese armies, and salaries paid on time by a “central government”.  Lebanon survived situations of not having recognized governments; Lebanon survived the last 5 years without any government budget: Seniora PM hoarded the decisions of half a dozen ministries and allocated funds as he pleased.  These situations were welcomed by Lebanese as excellent good luck: huge burdens were removed off their shoulders having to sustain redundant governments.

Lately, the sectarian political leaders used the “Constitutional” dates for elections as excuses to circumvent needed political and social reforms.  Yes, our leaders lacked the time to study (extra deeper) the required reforms such election laws, proportional election system, eligibility of voters above 18 of age, women enjoying the same rights as men to extending citizenship to their offspring, instituting civil marriages, and so on.

Last day, a marginal leader of a Maronite political party was upset with the President of the Republic.  Why? The President re-iterated his support for Hezbollah as a national resistance, along side the army against the aggressions of Israel as the government has stated when formed last year.  Samir Geagea does not like this “strategic plan” for defending Lebanon and lambasted the President as “emulating the Maronite priests chanting for the dead “Tesh Bohto’l Moryo.”  The Maronites have a very ancient Patriarch; Nasr Allah Sfeir (not Hassan) has been chanting Tesh Bohto’l Moryo for over 30 years now; Sfeir is very upset with the US for attempting normal diplomatic relations with Syria.

At every “Constitutional requirement” Lebanese get into a Hitchcock psychic; waiting in terror that anarchy might soon befall Lebanon.  Every time a syndicate or a movement decide for demonstrations the Lebanese await the horrors of a recurring civil war.  Nothing goes smoothly and constitutionally in Lebanon.  Yes, we have plenty of freedom for lack of any serious government, but Lebanon is democratic by name.  And yet, Lebanon is currently officially the head of the UN Council ready to manage world’s problems.

One thing I know, which all Lebanese share in their hearts and minds, is that without the power and steadfastness of Hezbollah’s resistance to Israel aggression,  no foreign heads or dignitaries would have visited Lebanon:  They could as easily dictate orders by e-mails.

The political system in Lebanon must in a couple of years extend serious reforms and put food on the tables.  Otherwise, guillotine will be installed to absolve years of famine, humiliation, and indignities.  After the 2006 war, the Lebanese have regained confidence in their values as citizens with equal rights as any sovereign State under the sun. Lebanese spies and foreign agents who worked to destabilize Lebanon will be hanged. Spying to “friendly” neighboring States or to powerful “friendly” States must experience the same sentences:  Friendly States can receive all the intelligence they need from official government agencies, but common citizens should not: period.

Note 1: The topic of the analogy of Lebanese as addicted audiences to Hitchcock horror movies was borrowed from the Lebanese journalist Samir Atallah.

Note 2: Currently, the Lebanese are grabbed by rumored fears that any civil war in Syria has got to overlap to Lebanon.  That would be very probable, if not for the strength of the Lebanese army and Hezbollah to checking any full-fledged civil war.  Yet, it does not take that much to ignite the fire of another civil war in Lebanon.

The door is always open:  Decide to enter

It is said: “Knock and you will be answered”.  Another said: “The harder and the steadier the knocks the faster the door opens.”

The female Moslem Sufis Raabi3a Adawiya (the fourth daughter in the family) clarified: “The door is always open:  Just decide to enter.”  She was referring to sinners seeking the mercy of God and his absolution.  She believed that the best way to be forgiven is to focus on loving God and try not to dwell too much on your sins after you approached God for his mercy.

This article is not about meditation, Sufism, or religious belief systems, but about open doors, open space, and open workspace.

Just imagine living in a community with no doors to be closed:  There are millions of such kind of communities around the world.  Billions of people do not have the luxury of privacy:  Entire families sleep and eat in a single room.

Do you think it would be easier to enter a house if you don’t have to knock first? 

My impression is that people don’t just enter unless they have decided to enter, whether there is a locked door or no door to separate the exterior from the interior.

There is always an invisible barrier to barging in a house without prior notice.

I have been imagining a story where I decide to enter any house with an open door while taking a stroll.  What would I say as I enter?  Peace be upon you citizen?  I have nothing to say or ask of you; I had decided to just enter and then figure out what to say and do after I am welcomed or denied entrance.  I am entering because your door is open and it implicitly means “come in and visit with me.” 

How can I be of utility to you today?  I have my time if you need to tell me a story; I have the time to listen to your complaints or happy surprises.  Believe me, I am not a government agent or of any Jehovah witness group.  I have nothing to preach you or any message to disseminate or any prophet to witness his real existence.   How can I help you?

I have been thinking of work-space organization. 

Currently, the most common form of space distribution in institutions is to have an open work-space for the lowest level employees and then allocate private rooms to the higher levels workers.  How about we reverse this mentality?  Let us allocate almost private spaces to lower level employees and then dispatch the higher level personnel into open spaces?  Why?

As I mentioned previously, except for the most developed States, billions of people never enjoyed privacy in their families.  Except for automated chain working environment, it is an excellent opportunity to expose and train newer employees into a climate of privacy at work and then enforce respect of this kind of privacy even if access is easy to co-worker.  For example, co-worker has to give advance notice that he is coming in to talk or discuss a problem.

Workplace should be a good catalyst to enhancing individual behavior for initiative and to reflecting on their ideas and opinions. Companies need to retrain workers to get stock of their individuality through respect of their privacy.

The higher level employees should be confined into an open work-space.  The highest the rank in administration or management the more the behavior of the employee to act as if he is running for political election. For example, communicating openly with employees and asking them to contribute and offer alternatives.  In this case an open work-space is the best catalyst for enhancing transparency in management and decision processes.

A high ranked worker is implicitly asked not to show up to work if he is under the weather or not in the mood of working:  he is under the light and must behave accordingly.  Open work-space train a high-ranking employee to focus  on his job and not let the open environment distract his work: That is why he was promoted in the first place, isn’t it?

As high-ranking personnel are trained to function within open work-spaces, then the message would be “Never think that it is the end of the world if you are ever fired or sent to pasture.

You have been expose to communicate openly and you should not find it a terrible bother to knock and ask for interviews.

I am an employee:  And I am sharing in the business

This is not a new business concept or new legal structure; employees participating as shareholders in enterprises are making headway and strongly impressing financial institutions with the performances of these enterprises.

Employees as shareholders enterprises that I would label (E-SE) are more performing by 10% then the highest 100 ranked companies in England.  They already contribute $35 billion in the British economy.  The ESE create more employment and quicker than traditional enterprises and are far more resilient in economic downturns.  They generate better clients’ satisfaction which increase added value to the benefice of employees.

Every year, all employees receive the same percentage in benefice with respect to their salaries from the lower to the highest ranked worker.  For example, an 8% increase in profit is equivalent to an entire month salary, irrespective of the other benefices that employees are entitled to.

In the turn of the 20th century, John Spedan Lewis said that

the way capitalism is applied is a perversion of the proper mechanism for doing business.  It is perfectly abnormal that in such a capitalist system there should exist millionaires while workers live in slums.  It is obscene to pay dividends to a few shareholders who do nothing while workers barely earn enough to survive.

John Lewis grandson, Spedan Lewis, discovered at age 21 that his father, his brother and he were making more money than the combined salaries of all their employees.  Thus, Spedan sold his shares in the enterprise on Oxford Street and became director of Peter Jones, another enterprise of the family.  Spedan instituted the ESE concept and within 5 years the Peter Jones enterprise emerged from $15,000 deficit  to over $35,000 profit.

Spedan created the John Lewis Partnership Limited, a fiduciary irrevocable contract, that delivered the property to the employees with the attached responsibility and management.  The employees are part of the administrative council and play active roles in all decision procedures.

Actually, employees have a lot to say and plenty of initiatives and creative programs.  For example, when employees decided to have a day off after Christmas Day they didn’t work.

Employees decide on what to do with benefice to the common welfare of the enterprise such as building chalets to rent at affordable prices during vacations.  ESE enterprises do not witness turnovers and employees fired for stealing or for minor crimes are rare. You don’t experience the traditional backstabbing to getting ahead.

Employees work for the long term vision; the goal is not quick money making but adding steady value to the enterprise.

Why ESE is not that rampant in business communities?

Simply because it is hard work to institute this new system before it works smoothly.  It is the passion of a few hardy hearts and minds to take on the challenge in risky start ups that represent qualitative fair play among employees and owners in businesses.  ESE is a new culture for workplace and how to distribute wealth equitably by sharing responsibilities, communication, transparency, and dividing profit.


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