A Lebanese Tragedy: The Devaluation of a Life

The 20 who already died cared before – now they don’t but everyone who loved them is mourning. The dozens injured really care, as do their loved ones. It is not cool or brave or anything smart to say “who cares?”

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Who gives a fuck? was the first thing I heard today when we were made aware of another Beirut explosion. It was just a bomb all over again. And people were dead, as usual, all over again. Typical and warranted was what I had heard.

On the other side of the room, a frantic woman was calling her parents to see if they were okay. If their house was intact. If she still had a roof to return to. Then she drew a sigh of relief. And I was relieved for her. But I was also disgusted.

There I was in a room of supposedly intellectuals with two drastically different reactions to an event that should have, at least, gotten everyone to feel sorry and disgusted and horrified. Pity the nation that was more upset at a cat being microwaved or a concert being canceled than at its own children…

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