Back to lockdown!

Stillness captured a while ago!
An empty street in Jounieh, 20 Km north of Beirut

Due to the massive work of cleaning, sheltering, helping and rebuilding after the Beirut port explosion that happened on August 4th, unfortunately the covid19 cases skyrocketed. There are on average 500 new cases every day.  Therefore, the government decided  for a two weeks lockdown for the following reasons:

  • The explosion destroyed three major hospitals and patients were relocated in different hospitals. This leaves us with less hospital rooms/beds to treat covid19 cases. In addition, hospitals are already crowded with injured people and ill people. A big hospital that was slightly destroyed had to treat 700 injured people the day of the explosion!
  • The covid19 cases are spread out; the government couldn’t isolate some affected regions. However an exception was given to Beirut, precisely to the area of the blast, so work can still go on.
  • My personal opinion is that the government doesn’t want more protests down the streets.

With that being said, here we are again in quarantine. Although I was out and about on some occasions but following all restrictions of the covid19, the idea of being in lockdown again is hard to swallow. I am spending my time between working out, working online, some gardening and nature photography. I still visit some close friends.

2020 is definitely the year of change. Whoever is still clinging to the previous normal life, will find it hard to cope with what was referred to as “the new normal”, a post I wrote a while ago that you can check it here: The new normal

33 thoughts on “Back to lockdown!”

  1. I can really empathise with Lebanese people. To them it must feel like a dog being told to sit still for a month, and just as it’s allowed to go out an explosion hits, and thereafter it again is told to sit still.

    It does, however make sense to lock down and even though the government is corrupt it is probably good for the protests to have put to a halt, because you made your point and it seems that you will get a change. More protests probably would not have brought better results. I is more constructive to save that energy for when it counts again in order to keep your voice being taken seriously.

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      1. Your entire nation must be in total turmoil which bears a tremendous dangerous potential for absolute chaos.
        What it takes now urgently is some intelligent people who can analyse the situation clearly, distinguish the different factors and calm people who panic down.

        I could imagine you being such a person and therewith helping your country more than by doing the average help. You could start some kind of think-tank or forum or whatever.
        Especially in these stormy times people need some kind of anchor or rock to hold on to.
        Without knowing anything about Lebanon I imagine that people here can be very emotional which has to be channeled positively.

        The one who now takes charge has much influence.
        Think about it – as a philosophy-teacher who dealt your entire life in distinguishing clear thoughts,
        you are predestined to do it.

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      2. All your ideas are brilliant however mafias are ruling. Guess what? There is a whole debate now about who will pay the damaged houses: the government or insurance companies? Both are waiting for the investigation to finish. Meanwhile people are homeless.


      1. I don’t think so, because the Amonium Nitrate seems to be used as a fertiliser often. Look at this list, which puts it into perspective: List of ammonium nitrate disasters – Wikipedia If you sort it by tonnes, Libanon is of course on top, but if you sort it by deaths, * in 1947 the USA was top, followed by Germany in 1921 * both nearly twice as many deaths as you, * and then followed by Belgium in 1942 with half as many deaths as you had.


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      1. This comes full circle with what I said on the very beginning:
        If the situation is so run in the ground maybe it would not be the worst to totally re-structure your country into new republics (like India and Pakistan or Russia and many small nations, etc…)
        I also told you that I would not even mind if Germany was restructured into a northern and southern part (which is sometimes closer to switzerland and Austria than northern Germany)

        If you are shocked to hear this, reconsider that this is only the old thinking of nationalism you were born into
        The Lebanon as it exists today only shows up on the last 42 seconds of this map:

        Nationalism in my eyes is as rigid and obsolete as orthodox religions.
        This is what this massive shift this year is all about:
        To replace those capricorn-thinking of hard defense against others with the aquarian one the energy flowing everywhere.

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      2. If you are really sincere about it, then do all you can to further that idea. If Muslims are an obstacle, form an alliance for that specific cause, because now is a power void which you can utilise. If necessary form unorthodox alliances, as you did in your demonstrations already. (And yes, I know that this is really difficult, but better try something than giving up before even trying).

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      3. I know how you feel – I did the same with environmental issues and spiritual ignorance here and it seems to me that this year is the one of reckoning, meaning that the unreceptive ones will get the consequences of their non-action thrown right in their face. I myself am torn apart whether I should ‘use the force’ of this years dynamic, or call it a day and leave it up to the world to face the music.

        At the moment it seems that I best only focus on finishing the meditation blog which I started, so that at least confused people have an option, even though as you said, I doubt that people will be receptive for it in these times anymore. (This, btw, is exactly what I did warn people in spring about: When the shit hits the fan it is too late to start with spirituality.)

        You also seem desillusioned and may have the same dilemmas whether to get involved or withdraw.

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      4. Actually, only the issues are different (country, vs environment or spirituality), but when you step a bit back from the picture it does compare, because both of our dilemmas when it boils down to are the sluggish zeitgeist which didn’t move since half a decade and now has to face the consequences. So the abstract question is: If the world did not change since generations, will it do so now, making it worthwhile to still engage, or is it better to withdraw ?


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      5. You see, what’s happening there and why you said that we can’t compare? This is exactly one of those points where people are so entangled in their own turmoil that they can’t see the larger picture anymore. That’s exactly why I said that it would be too late in turmoil to start with spirituality.

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      6. No again lol. You can’t compare because you live in a great peaceful country. Imagine the struggle of the spiritual seeking people like you but in a country like Lebanon. They struggle much more than you do believe me. I am not undermining your efforts at all. I am just saying the comparison doesn’t stand.


      7. I think we talk about different issues. Obviously your issues are not at all comparable to any other in the world (except for maybe countries like Belarus or so maybe). I was not comparing the content of the problems but about the fact that you as well as I did try to change something which we see as the cause of the problems around us, and that we failed since decades. It seemed to me that you – like me – also seems to be on the verge of resigning in frustration

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      8. The problem as I see it is that many (if not most) of us are totally frustrated but hardly anyone has a plan. That’s why I am a strong proponent of brainstorms and think-tanks, but the problem lies in the complexity and how to administer the thinkers for it not all to burst out into chaos without a strategy in the end.

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      9. I know of a few global solution attempts, but they all did not set of. One is for a new economical society, one attemt to create a forum for solutions is

        But I think the movie “thrive” on youtube would inspire you.

        I myself brainstormed on our money-system for a while but find it difficult to start somewhere. If you ever have a general idea of how to start such work, feel free to throw it at me.

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      10. It started as christians vs muslims. Then it became christians/muslims vs christians/muslims. The main problem is Israel. Some might think that if the country is restructured into federations, it will be weakened. The others think that fighting Israel is a choice and not mandatory.
        Thilo, politics here is so complicated that even Lebanese don’t understand it. Let alone foreigners who live here. Let alone obviously foreigners who see things from a far.

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  2. Let me brainstorm spontaneously …
    You know that sometimes people who are a step further have sight on the whole picture.
    Being a total layman who knows absolutely nothing about your country (I am just glad that I know its name by now ^^), here are my 2 cents:

    Like the USA: Both of your countries are in detrimental turmoil which did go on for decades and now it spills over, hence you have to look at the root and not to patch up the current system.
    So it looks to me as if one next step would be to create another better political system than the secular-mix you have.

    When Japan was destroyed by the nuclear bombs they had to look for a new law-system and due to the urgency decided to copy the best they saw in the world (which coincidentally was the German one – hence you can see quite some Japanese law students in Germany).

    You Lebanese also don’t have to reinvent the wheel and could look for a modular solution which copies parts from all over the world which does suit your culture and mentality.

    I am quite serious: Now would be the time for you to pick up the sword on the wall before a random idiot does. You may not feel predestined to do it, but you have all it takes: wits, intelligence, diplomacy and charm. So who else than you could help to mend your country by coordinating grass-root-efforts?

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging words and this country is full of smart people with a lot of great potential. To dismantle this system will take a tremendous effort, you have no idea.
      And it is a good comparison between USA and Lebanon. I feel both countries are mirrors of the world. In face I wrote a blog months ago about the US being the mirror.


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