Story of Us : When We Decided to Live Happily Ever After

The Lebanese Society is a mosaic of people gathered within 10452 km2.

They see differences but don’t bother drawing attention to the similarities and shared values.

The Lebanese community witnessed bloody wars throughout its contemporary history which created among its members and against its neighboring societies a sense of hatred and fear from the other.

This mind-set can be understood when it is embraced by the generations who lived the violence and witnessed atrocities. After all the “collective memory” of a group is not a USB stick, from which registered data can be erased easily.

Many initiatives aiming at re-organizing this mosaic and deleting the repercussions of the history flourished since the end of the last war in the early 1990s. Small or big, all combined, they had directly or indirectly affected the attitude and approaches of us, the new generation.

We refused to be stuck there … in the past … where we didn’t have a say because simply we weren’t born for some of us or opinion makers for others.

We , youth from political parties, NGOs and independent individuals , gathered independently , and sometimes under the umbrella of organizations to raise the voice and say enough for the ghost of the past that is still chasing us with every political clash facing the country.

Being part of a German foundation that believes in civil liberties and democracy, we succeeded in reaching Lebanese and Syrian youth and women from different areas in Lebanon and introducing them to the concept of conflict resolution.  The main purpose we draw was providing technical knowledge for the participants on interpersonal conflict resolution , group facilitation, meeting management and decision making methods in order to promote for both communities the importance of “consensus building in democratic pluralist environment”. In fact, despite differences and diversities within one area, community members should always try to find common grounds and ways to make the best decisions for the whole society without marginalizing minorities.