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Posted on Aug 11, 2012

Why Driving Manners Still Matter

Why Driving Manners Still Matter

Driving Etiquette

Driving Etiquette

In a shallow, stressful society, the most organic form of expressing negative energy is through a medium way stronger than our own might. When you’re behind the wheel, you get the image of being stronger, being invincible. Your voice becomes the roar of the engine, your speed is your stamina, your swift curves are a product of your agile body.

As much as this image is farfetched and out of place, it’s true. Teenagers are more reckless because they feel they’re stronger when they’re behind the wheel, but the tragic results prove otherwise. Thus it’s true that we have the illusion of thinking we’re stronger as if we’re in a Transformers movie.

Eventually we all reflect our day’s frustrations on the road. Calm personalities may reside on listening to blood-pumping tunes and drifting off with their imaginations, while others seek satisfaction by going berserk on the road and disregarding the safety and well-being of the rest of the nearby cars. A drift from here, going 150km/hr there, manically switching lanes, bypassing cars from the right side, and whatever deviations from the law have all morphed the society into a jungle with no hope on the horizon.

Driving is all about values and respect. In the world we’re in driving in, it’s slowly being eroded just like anything traditional and meaningful in this country. Gladly, there are those people that believe in changing that by simply abiding by their good manners and following the law for that matter. I believe that each of us can make that difference because people are trying to accustom themselves to a sense-less system when in fact the remnants of the older, respectful system still remain.

The Law of Reciprocity

It is in human nature to return the favor for a gesture stemming from the interaction of another human. If you hear a secret from someone, chances are you’ll ‘feel’ you have to say a secret in return. The same applies to many fields, and driving is one of them. See, in my view, all it takes a good gesture while enjoying the music and imagine the world becoming a better place. Stopping at a crossroad would make the other driver ‘in favor’ of the road and he would in turn stop at the other crossroad for another driver, rendering a mini-chain of goodness that would brighten someone’s day and give him hope for the future. Sure, the more good deeds you make on the road, the greater the likelihood of ‘spreading the goodness’.

 

The law of reciprocity is easily witnessed at night, when the privilege of turning on the headlights is only interrupted by your own conscience. Turning off a blinding headlight will inherently be reciprocated by the opposing car, and boom, the headlights are off temporarily until the road is gone. That’s well-sounded respect for the fellow driver, and a victory of manners over the jungle life. I urge each driver (or passenger, for that matter) to be aware of this and lose some of the ego that halos across the majority of us these days. Drive safe!

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Posted on Aug 10, 2012

Braindead Country – A Lebanese Infographic

Braindead Country – A Lebanese Infographic

Just when you thought your country is moving forward, it isn’t. What drives a country is the brains of its young, and if those are frozen or kept for Oxygen consumption, then the very future of this country is in grave jeopardy. This infographic relates to the current Lebanese academic situation by the recent studies published by the Lebanese University graduate Rania Bou Kheir, an award winner for great achievements including the Francophone Award for Scientific Research for the year 2010-2011. The ignorance of the people to this report shows the level of carelessness that we are smeared with, yet with awareness it is bound to create a shock that would take society away from that vegetative state. Enjoy, and share!

 

 

Braindead Country

Braindead Country

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Posted on Apr 11, 2012

So Beirut Wants To Go Green

So Beirut Wants To Go Green

So Beirut Wants To Go Green

Beirut Wants To Go Green

…About time! It’s been ages since our dear capital has been smeared with pollution and environment reports, blackening our days and dumping our good mood. For ages, I have sat on my terrace gazing at the capital, adjusting my eyes in every way possible to distinguish the buildings from the cloud of smog that covers them, but to no avail.

Sure, green wholesale NBA jerseys buildings have been among the talks of the public for quite some time now [.pdf] yet as Nader Nakib, CEO of green building consultancy group G-Building, states “The wealthy are simply pioneers helping to mainstream green buildings into the Lebanese street”, hoping that going green would be a trend that would eventually be too mainstream to raise interest among the Lebanese. If there’s one more burden to add to the poor conscience, it’s the environment or how our building would show from Google Maps…there’s more to it.

A recent wholesale jerseys air pollution study cheap jerseys by the American University of Beirut (AUB) Me revealed that Beirut is shrouded with air pollution, rendering $10 Million in health-related issues. The study showed worrying numbers looming, with 100,000 Need cars being introduced to the streets every year and nothing to change the wholesale mlb jerseys environmental status CC! quo, not mentioning the rest of the baggage that comes with this number.

The spotlight wholesale jerseys lands on Wassim Melki, an architect that was influenced by the capital’s harsh reality and teamed up with local NGO ReAct with a mission to plant 60,000 trees on beirut’s rooftops. With 15,000 suitable plateaus, Melki claims that simple techniques of placing medium and large trees in pots would suffice to complete the process. It’s up to the public to Jerseys criticize Online or support the project, hoping some beam of hope would shine through the deep smog of our beloved Beirut.

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