mazen kerbaj's blog. beirut + free improvised music + comics + bombs + drawings
I wish the powers that be can read the below."Good and Evil" from The Prophet by Khalil Gibran:And one of the elders of the city said, "Speak to us of Good and Evil." And he answered: Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil. For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst? Verily when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves, and when it thirsts, it drinks even of dead waters. You are good when you are one with yourself. Yet when you are not one with yourself you are not evil. For a divided house is not a den of thieves; it is only a divided house. And a ship without rudder may wander aimlessly among perilous isles yet sink not to the bottom. You are good when you strive to give of yourself. Yet you are not evil when you seek gain for yourself. For when you strive for gain you are but a root that clings to the earth and sucks at her breast. Surely the fruit cannot say to the root, "Be like me, ripe and full and ever giving of your abundance." For to the fruit giving is a need, as receiving is a need to the root. You are good when you are fully awake in your speech, Yet you are not evil when you sleep while your tongue staggers without purpose. And even stumbling speech may strengthen a weak tongue. You are good when you walk to your goal firmly and with bold steps. Yet you are not evil when you go thither limping. Even those who limp go not backward. But you who are strong and swift, see that you do not limp before the lame, deeming it kindness. You are good in countless ways, and you are not evil when you are not good, You are only loitering and sluggard. Pity that the stags cannot teach swiftness to the turtles. In your longing for your giant self lies your goodness: and that longing is in all of you. But in some of you that longing is a torrent rushing with might to the sea, carrying the secrets of the hillsides and the songs of the forest. And in others it is a flat stream that loses itself in angles and bends and lingers before it reaches the shore. But let not him who longs much say to him who longs little, "Wherefore are you slow and halting?" For the truly good ask not the naked, "Where is your garment?" nor the houseless, "What has befallen your house?"
Allah ma'ak ya Mazen. I look forward to reading your blog every morning. Who the hell am I to have sleepless nights and bad dreams here, so far from the hellfire of Lubnan, but I do nevertheless. Kids are astonishing. They can pull you through anything. How old is Evan? Sellim alay.Im Ahmad.
Another amazing figure to play with (please correct if I'm wrong, I'm not sure) :Around 900 000 lebanese lost their home and are refugees whose life has been ruined. On the other side, around 300 000 israelis have fled from northern Israel facing the same situation I guess.A 33% ratio, 10 times more than the blood ratio. I don't know whether this has any meaning.I also wonder what the ratio gap is as regards overall economic damages. I hope we are not talking about artprice here !
Talvez um ABRAÇO seja a opção mais dolorosa, mais dificil e talvez quase impossivel, a fazer para com o lado oposto, mas com certeza causaria um grande impacto! chega de odio, chega de guerra, chega de bombas e de sangue. Viver é bem mais do que isso!
hi there; israel is killing innocent people without justifications; somebody (the rest of the world)must stop the murders, the insecurity, the horror. human rights must be respected anytime, anywhere.
Numbers are impressing, but you are progressing - in 1967 Israel swapped 5000 Arab POW for 5 Israeli soldiers, in 1973 the ratio was 30 Israeli for 7500 Arabs, and now you say it is 50 for 750...On the other hand - there about (what) 400 milion Arabs? and 1.5 billion Muslems? There are only 6 million Israelis (and only about 12 million Jews), so you are still doing good..It is terrible to count people like sheep. Every person is an individual, not a number. Will you please be ready to tell your Hezbulla friends that Israelis are also individuals, not only "Zhahaiunis"?
my dear danni,i have as much friends in the hezbollah than in the likoud and kadima together.