11 January 2007

Doomed to Repeat the Past

America used the school to create a melting pot; we used it to reinforce sectarian identity at the expense of the national identity,”

said Nemer Frayha, the former director of the Education Center for Research and Development, a research organization that develops Lebanon’s curriculum.

“From the start, I am forming the student as a sectarian person, not as a citizen. And what’s worse is that the people who are encouraging this are the intellectuals themselves.”

The young are doomed to repeat the past. Contemporary history is fed by families, passed on in the streets or handed down by political leaders with agendas.

Is history in Lebanon cyclical, helical, spiral, rectilinear or simply a big pile of horse shit?


4 Comments:

Anonymous said...

the problem with what nemer frayha is it is a catch 22. on the one hand what he is saying is true, but on the other hand, it is the fabric of the country to be sectarian. the constitution is set up as sectarian, and probably would never work otherwise (or perhaps it would, but im a little cynical). i think the paranoia of our culture is the problem. every sect is afraid or paranoid of the other and the undo the damage of the past will take a loooooooong time, but i hope that time will change and heal all the past has thrown at us.
peace
buckeye

Sophia said...

I will opt for the last.

Liliane said...

Vicious circle!

Dr Victorino de la Vega said...

Is history in Lebanon cyclical, helical, spiral, rectilinear or simply a big pile of horse shit?

Following Herodotus and my instinct, I’d say option 1 is the most accurate…

But, after watching Jumblatt and Hariri on TV earlier today, I’d go for option 5!

Sophie's probably right

As always

;)

 

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