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Does destiny lead people of good voluntary inclinations?
« Quand un homme suit l’inspiration véritable d’une idée neuve et vivante, il est l’homme de bonne volonté que les destins conduisent. […]
Mais quand l’idée est réellement morte et que l’homme persiste néanmoins à la suivre, il est alors l’homme de mauvais vouloir que les destins détruisent. […]
Car l’idée, ou idéal de l’amour, le sacrifice de soi, l’humanité unie dans l’amour, la fraternité, la paix, tout cela est mort.
Il n’y a pas de discussion possible. Cela est mort. Le grand idéal est mort. […]
Tous les hommes, au même titre, et toutes les femmes, ont admis et admettent encore la valeur extérieure de l’idéal d’Amour, d’Abnégation et d’Humanité mis dans l’amour, la fraternité et la paix.
Ainsi, ils persistent dans l’idéal mort. Voyez alors comme les destins les trahissent.
Dans leur service de l’idéal défunt, ils se trouvent complètement humiliés, vendus. […] Dès qu’un homme sent qu’il a été vendu, vendu dans les choses les plus profondes, quelque chose se détraque dans son mécanisme tout entier.
Quelque chose se brise, dans son tissu, et le poison noir se répand dans son sang.
Alors il sent un cours naturel, et devient une créature de lente, ou de prompte vengeance.
Vengeance sur tout ce que représente l’ancien idéal.
Vengeance sur le système tout entier.
Vengeance tout simplement.
Vengeance sur lui-même, par surcroît. »
D.H. Lawrence – Kangourou Traduction de Maurice Rances
Note: Is that why we experience mass upheavals every couple of decades?

Gratifying revenge; (June 31, 2009)


            The longer you live the longer the list of people that should incur your vengeance for deeds “totally uncalled for”.  The irony is that very few people reach the stage of acting on any kinds of revenge; time the wise tends to erase cluttered memories; away from sight far is the recollection of the offender; with rare exceptions.  The more enduring the desire for revenge the more irrelevant is the offense; they are offenses in the period of early ignorance.

            Why people who managed to get revenge spend a miserable life afterward? I am not referring to those pathetic comparses who harassed the avenger to going to the end of his frustration: they ejaculated their wretched anxieties and dispersed from the scene.  If the supposed offender has no recollection of the offense or is not willing to apologize because he still believes that he was in the “right” then the revenge has no value.  It is sweet to get financial remuneration for years of personal flagellation but it does not wash completely the lingering bitterness of having been “suckered” or abused of our foolishness.

            Revenge is not such a bad feeling if it becomes an incentive or a catalyst for individual improvement.  The worst part is that most of the offenders die without knowing that we have been feeling deeply miserable for so long because of a redundant word or an unconscious act they did to us; we like to believe that, most probably, the offenders died because of our evil eye or evil spirit chassed them relentlessly to their grave: ignorance has no limits within dark hearts.  Revenge is the bread of everyday but the victims of “honor avengers” for social behavior and close organizational customs and traditions are ultimately the excretion of the monsters of ignorance and ineptitude.


            There are efficient ways of taking revenge grandly. For example, if you are the owner of an enterprise and you need to punish recalcitrant employees then assign them to alveoli with very low ceilings; the lower the height of the ceiling, the darker the colors and the more detailed is the task.  The recalcitrant personnels are those educated hiremen who are timorous enough to look their higher echelon boss in the eyes and devulge inefficiencies, scoundrels, and obtuse routines.

            Abstract notions and imagination take wings in high ceiling environment and amid green wide fields.  If governments are serious about fiscal loopholes then they should assemble the fiscal agents in charge in very low ceiling rooms to iron out the details for well oiled bureaucratic systems.  My hypothesis is that all dictatorial western systems of control were planned, studied, and analyzed in ultra low ceiling caves; most probably, they got these ideas and techniques from reviewing Chinese master archives.

“Farewell Beirut”, by Mai Ghoussoub (Part 3, November 16, 2008)

Note: Paragraphs in parentheses are my own interjections.

The third part of my review was hard and I delayed it too long because the demons that Mai is battling with are spread throughout the book.

I decided not to try to have a coherent or logical links among the different emotions that were troubling Mai and I will leave it to the readers to do their own homework and reflections.

The main theme in “Farewell Beirut” is “revenge” and the associated concepts of honor, genocides, nationalism, heroes, traitors, denouncers, martyrdom, punishment, hate, love and the fundamental human emotions that might be interpreted differently through the ages, and civilizations but where the moral values of wrong and right should not be left to personal matters of point of views.

There are cases of transient insanity such as degraded human values, mocked tradition, and disobedience of State laws and rules.

For example, why we tend to be more lenient toward the rotten moral values of officials simply because they didn’t show rigidity in the mind?  If we admit that “traitors” are the product of dictatorship and wars and that this breed of people are present in locations fraught with danger (then most of us might have played the role of traitors under the right conditions).

People have the tendency to be more lenient with deficiency in morality than with extremist positions in ideologies and religious beliefs.

For example, burning witches is related to extreme social and religious dogmatism as a reaction for seeking consensus in an established social order.  Heroes are not necessarily that honorable; take the case of this child who denounced his father who helped a few Gulag prisoners to escape to the soviet authorities and in return was awarded a medal of honor and much propaganda.

Take for example the French women who had sexual relationship with German officers during WWII and many of them begot offspring; they had their head shaven since hair is the most representative of female pride.

These head shaven ladies were the scapegoats to releasing the emotions for frustration and rage among the hungry Parisians. The worst part is that the mothers brought their kids with them to watch the dishonoring ritual. The women watchers are badly dressed which reflect a bad conscience in being part of the ceremony.

While the German used modern techniques to hide their genocide, the French “victors” adopted medieval means to humiliate and get revenge on the traitors and informers.

John Steinbeck said “We cannot take pictures of war because war is fundamentally emotions“.

In our back head, we always have fears for the reaction of those we have persecuted. The French star singer Arlettie reacted furiously and said “What! Are they also meddling in how we use our sex parts?”   Many women had to survive under siege and everyone according to his potentials and skills.

The Argentinean navy officer Adolfo Silingo said:

“I was responsible for killing 30 people with my own hands and I do not feel remorse or repentance because I was following orders and I got used after the initial shock surprise. We knew that we were killing humans but we kept killing them!  The civilians were in a semi comatose state from torture and we threw them out of the airplane like puppy dolls.

Most of the navy contingents participated in these mass killings” Adolfo is spending his life drunk on the streets trying to forget the “dirty war” during the dictatorship against his own people.

General Paul Tibits who dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima is not penitent.  These kinds of people were once considered heroes: how do you view them now?

Hanna Arndt would like to comprehend “Why these people did chose to stop thinking?

Brecht screamed in one of his plays “Woo to the nations that count too many heroes!

Simone Veil didn’t take it personal that she was incarcerated because she was Jew; she was interested to know “how people are propelled into a climate of condemning and defaming others

This question is pertinent “Is it legitimate to hide truth in order to secure social peace?

How can we manage to forget and yet not take chances for the recurrence of the same sorts of atrocities?”

It is most difficult to find common denominators among the concepts of justice, moral values, and politics when judging cases of genocides.

Bertolt Brecht said: “Tragedies is about human suffering expressed in less seriousness than comedies. The perpetrators of genocides are not great criminal politiciasns but simple people who allowed horrifying political crimes to pass”

“Farewell Beirut”, by Mai Ghoussoub (Part 2, November 16, 2008)

Note: Paragraphs in parentheses are my own interjections.  The names and characters in Mai’s manuscript are not fictitious; she personally eye witness the stories.


The main theme in “Farewell Beirut” is “revenge” and the associated concepts of honor, genocides, nationalism, heroes, traitors, martyrdom, hate, love and the fundamental human emotions that might be interpreted differently through the ages, periods and civilizations but where the moral values of wrong and right should not be personal matters of point of vues.

In part one I related the stories of “Um Ali”, “Said”, “Abu Firas”, and “Hashem”.  This part would be more related to fundamental questions that Mai Ghoussoub tried to struggle with and to investigate moral issues. But first, I present the story of Fadwa.

“Fadwa” was sent overseas in 1916 in order to avoid famine and be married to Salem.  In those years parents sent their children by sea supposedly destined to America because they paid high fees but the ship Captains landed them instead in Africa telling them “We reached America, get down” and thus many Lebanese ended in Africa and kept sending letters to their folks not daring to acknowledge their wrong destinations and parents resumed sending people to “America”.  Fadwa’s mother reminded her daughter that she is from a much higher social stratum than her future husband Salem and that Fadwa should remind her husband of that difference.  Fadwa landed in Ghana (Africa) and begot five boys and one girl and she expected Salem to worship her for giving him so many boys.  Fadwa refrained from mingling with the Lebanese and Syrian families on account that she is of a higher level and had many helpers at home.  When Ghana got its independence Fadwa was sent back to Lebanon with all her children for fear of reprisals.  At the airport, the immigrating ladies made sure that Fadwa overhears their conversations that Salem was cheating on her and that he had married an African girl and has African offspring.  Salem joined Fadwa a month looking much older and deprived of wealth; but he didn’t expect the hatred and all consuming feeling of revenge that were eating up Fadwa.  The couple slept in separate beds and Fadwa never called her husband by his name or even faced him; Salem was the “He” or the “decrepit old man”. Salem’s old friends were admonished never to pay him further visits. Salem was homesick to Ghana because he spent most of his life there and the family surrounding was not cheerful.  Fadwa never smiled and children were scared of her outbursts and rigidity.  When Salem became handicapped, Fadwa confined him for perpetuity in the house and never cooked his preferred dishes and locked on the sweets and chocolates on grounds that they are forbidden to his health.  Salem died miserably.  Fadwa died shortly after Salem, totally frustrated and a very unhappy old lady that could not feel that the fruits of her revenge were satisfactory.

Mai returned to visit Lebanon after the civil war.  She is repainting her apartment to erase the slogans that militias have painted over the walls; she kept the slogan “Those who teach us lessons in moral values are hypocrite and insolent”. In the seventies, saying that a person is sure of his opinion was a bad connotation of someone who refuses to detach from traditions.  It was a period when moral issues were not absolute; a person had to take into consideration the environment, the period, and all the facet of the story.  Opting for neutral stands were cherished values. That was fine and dandy until you are confronted with these sample accidents: thousands of women raped in Bosnia, racist gangs killing whole families in London, cutting off the sexual parts of a 4-year old girl by its family living in Paris according to customs.  Then you realize that wrong and right are no longer personal opinions.  Vaclav Havel said “The concepts of justice, honor and disloyalty are palpable nowadays”

A chapter compared the act of martyrdoms of the young 16 year-old Lebanese girl Nouha Samaan against the Israeli invaders in South Lebanon and Flora in 10th century Andalusia (Spain). (Between 1983-87 at least 3 young girls committed suicide acts against the Israeli forces of occupations, such as Sanaa Mheidley, before the young males replaced women). In Flora’s period Spain was ruled by the “Arabs” and mostly the Moslems from Morocco and it enjoyed a long period of prosperity and cultural development and tolerance for other religions and ethnic immigrants.  The mother of Flora was Catholic and her father a Moslem and they lived in Cordoba. By the age of 16 Flora became a ferocious, one sided Catholic zealot; she proclaimed in front of the tolerant judge that the Prophet Mohammad is a cheat and the devil.  The judge had the right to execute her but let her go.  Flora would not desist. She associated with the bigot preacher Yologious who claimed that the educated Catholics have taken the road to perdition: instead of focusing their readings solely on the Bible “they are reading literary manuscripts, scientific books, learning to write well and composing poems”.  Many young disciples of Yologious were harangued to sacrifice their lives for Catholicism and finally Flora had to be executed.  At that time Europe needed “martyrs” while the Moslems were tolerant.  In this century Europe stopped commemorating its “martyrs” while the Arab and Moslem World need “martyrs” for their struggle. (To be continued)




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