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Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 83

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

Note 2: If you are Not tri-lingual, you will stumble on Arabic notes, written in Latin characters and with numbers representing vocals Not available in Latin languages.

The Maronite clergy struck a protocol with the Vatican and Israel Not to make a big deal of the fact that Marie and Jesus lived in Qana (Lebanon) and won’t invest in the cave of Qana that sheltered the disciples of Jesus during early persecutions.

If it were Not for the people in south Lebanon, the town of Qana where Marie, her parents and Jesus lived would have been ignored by the Maronite clergy. Israel already bombed this town twice with hundreds of casualties.

In 1996, Israel bombed Qana killing 106 of the Lebanese who took refuge in the UN compound. USA made it impossible for US lawyers to demand compensation.

Pas besoin que les reves se realisent, tant qu’ on persiste a rever et etre capable de se satisfaire de peu

Peut-on aimer sans respecter? En tout cas, les sentiments des femmes sont diverse et trop compliques pour moi.

Penses-tu qu’ il y ait de l’ inflation dans nos reves? Les reves possibles a realiser demandent toujours de l’ aide: L’ inflation vient de notre refus de les communiquer avec acharnement.

Croit -tu que Jane Austen avait cesse de rever a ce stade? (son livre inacheve’)

Un seul cheveux separe le sentiment d’ independence de la betise

“Collateral damages”? A notion invented by USA for its reckless endemic violence. Got to stare at ugly pictures of handicapped soldiers and civilians 

England provided cluster bombs to Israel, 3 days before cease fire in 2006, in order to prevent people from returning home. 10 years later, the UN are still de-mining south Lebanon

US cooks, Europe does the dishes of the devastation that Israel does in Palestine.

Hezbollah fighters are to get ready to liberate our borders from ISIS on their own, again and again, and suffer the flatulent verbal attacks of insignificant political ” leaders”: The permanent delay of the Lebanese army to attack means experiencing the traditional Not to get involved in political position “Al na2i 3an al nafess”

The political system in Lebanon cannot but generate an impotent State, dawleh bila baydaat

Al 3awamiyyeh (Awamiyeh) is a Saudi eastern Shia town (Qateef province) blockaded for 92 days by Saudi army, for demanding equal rights and opportunity.

Etre dorlote’ n’ amene pas a l’ amelioration: Il faut apprendre a regler les reparations et amendements. USA evite depuis un siecle de reapprendre ce principe d’ ethique 

Action is saying it all: rhetoric have their “impotent” masters, leaders for a moment, before they are swept aside by the invisible and mighty power of people willing to face authority figures on equal terms…

The elite classes are never satisfied, except by parting from the crumbs in the usual trickle down economic policies.

The revolution is the act of looking fear in the eyes and getting used to facing the authority figures on equal terms…

The tiny behavior that make me different are what make me.

Start making better choices to improve your happy life: Keep in mind that communication and connection increase your choices. Do your due diligence

How much did you inspire people to improve their life? They will communicate you great accomplishments

Baby steps are the reality of life in all your challenging endeavors: Especially when you set your mind to change your habits

Logic will not change an emotion, but action will: Tailor make your attitudes. Keep giving hope to people you meet

How can a speech, a plan, a policy, a program be coordinated to get the entire people on the street to approve, agree on parts and bits of a declaration of a revolution on the march? One bit to fill the stomach and another bit to remind them of a common national myth.

There is a political and militia “leader” Samir Ja3ja who never missed a fight to kill Lebanese during the civil war. He says he represent the position of the State Not to fight the terrorist ISIS in Lebanon. Yen2e 3an nafsaho

The pressure of being the world’s most decorated Olympian, swimmer Michael Phelps, (22 medals, 18 of them gold) led him to realize that  “I thought of myself as just a swimmer, and nobody else, and You know what? Screw this.

The attribute of an addictive normal person: The harder we resist, the harsher we succumb. Enjoy the game of being born a suckered

My 6 nieces and nephews graduated from: Story of St. Joseph High School (Kornet Chehwan, Lebanon)

In 2002/2003 St. Joseph High School (SJS) celebrated the 40th anniversary of its re-foundation in 1963 as a trilingual school. Was it a story of great success?

My 6 nieces and nephews who graduated are doing fine and 5 of them finished university, and one is pursuing a PhD in London. 

As you must know, Lebanon officially recognizes 18 religious sects (kind of self-autonomous social organizations with independent financial and economic networks).  Each of these religious sects (Christians Moslems, Druze… Not including Jehovah Witnesses or Scientology) have their own “private schools” and private universities.

The same goes with billionaires (old and new money):

1. First, they buy a political position (a seat in the Parliament or minister in the government in order to secure immunity from prosecution), and the pieces of the puzzle fall nicely in place.

2. Second,  they purchase one of the old bank licenses in order to “whiten” the money

3. Third, the own a university that graduates thousands of students. As this private university expands to include medical field, the billionaire purchase a hospital.

4. This billionaire politician grab one of the multitude of institutionalized “Black Boxes”, like funds for displaced refugees, emergency disaster reconstruction, reconstruction of south Lebanon, waste collection, bottled water, waste treatment facilities, importing gasoline and fuel, distributing gasoline and fuel…

5. They establish private “charitable association” and health insurance businesses…

6. They open up a Mall

7. They purchase shares in supermarket chains…

The filthy rich few Lebanese:

This is what I read from SJS achievement:

1. St. Joseph High School, through constant growth and development, became one of the major catholic schools in Lebanon, owned by the Maronite clergy
2. Its quality education that made its alumni well appreciated and respected in the most prestigious universities around the world,…
3. Its personalized and spiritual touch that produced highly positive and entrepreneur members of society and in church,…
4. Its educational trilingual system (Arabic, English and French), which was followed by a number of schools and proved itself to be pioneering in today’s globalization and world unification,…

This great success story was due to the vision of late bishop Elias Farah who took the initiative to re-found St. Joseph School and did not allow any pressure or opposition to slow or cause the failure of the project.

Bishop Farah had set the tradition of sending priests of the Diocese to prepare their PhD. in the U.S.A. and return to be rectors at S.J.S.: Bishop Roland Abou Jaoudeh, Bishop Paul Sayyah, Bishop Camille Zaidan, Fr. Simon Faddoul, Msgr. Richard Abou Moussa

He sought the help of the Jesus and Mary Sisters, of the Marianists and the Marists brothers whose input in the first years of the school was a major factor in SJS’s success. A special tribute should be given to the Sisters of J.M. who spent the longest period and left a profound mark on our school.

With the succession of Bishop Youssef Bechara to Bishop Farah, in May 1986, S.J.S. enjoyed the remarkable leadership of an educationist who had the charisma of helping the school to grow and develop even during the darkest days of the war.

But this recent success story should not make us forget a first one.

The old building (the offices of the Rector and central administration…) is an eloquent witness of the glorious past.

By opening its doors to students in September 1884, Saint Joseph Lebanese School in Cornet Chahwan was about to start a new glorious era.

Some documents mention the existence of a previous school, but the new school, thanks to the vision and determination of Bishop Youssef Geagea and his successor Bishop Youssef Zoghbi, did make a difference.

By its prestigious building, by its multilingual program, by the selection of its teachers, by its wide and strong relations with other centers of learning, the new school gave the Lebanese society philosophers, writers and statesmen, and the Maronite Church a highly educated clergy.

Rich by the legacy of its past, full of life and dynamism in its daily operation, looking towards the future with hope, confidence and determination. (End of success story)

I recall priest Simon Faddoul who had a great voice and build a new theater where my nieces and nephews participated during Christmas time and at the end of year in very professional shows.

Note: The modern private and expensive schools in Lebanon are a far cry from the Little Schools of the first half of the 20th century





March 2023

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