It’s Normal – By Natasha Mitri
It’s normal that we can tell time based on electricity cuts.
It’s normal to be honked at if we stop at a red light.
It’s normal that a pack of smokes costs $1.
It’s normal that we only need to bribe in order to lift the smoking indoor ban.
It’s normal that we have to squint our eyes when we drive at night, because the roads are never lit.
It’s normal that we’ve memorized all the holes on the road that have been there for the past decade, to a point where they’ve become reference points for when we ask for directions.
It’s normal that we have a beach all along the coast that is occupied by concrete and illegal infrastructure.
It’s normal that we can’t find a decent parking space in the city, because the so-called “valet parking” are monopolizing all the free spots.
It’s normal to throw trash out of the window because, “Chou we2fit 3aleyye?”
It’s also normal to throw cigarette butts on the floor, indoor and outdoors, because again, “Chou we2fit 3aleyye?”
It’s normal for us to sit quietly in traffic and be late for our jobs because an “important” person is circulating.
It’s normal to send death threats to one of the only talents publicly fighting for our rights.
It’s normal to avoid the right lane when we drive behind a cab or a bus, because we know that they can stop anytime, anywhere, without any warning.
It’s normal to inhale CO2 before exhaling it.
It’s normal that we voted, we still vote, and we will keep on voting for the same people, because … “Nothing will ever change”.
It’s normal that we cut down trees to build, and build, and build, despite the fact that all these new buildings are inhabited.
It’s normal that we have to be begged to pick up after ourselves when we go camping.
It’s normal to throw enormous cleaning campaigns, and have thousands of volunteers participate, only to find those places exactly the way we saw them before cleaning them.
It’s normal that our own minister of environment was in Washington DC planting trees, while destroying our very own.
It’s normal to keep on partying no matter what, because hey, we are in one of the best party cities in the world.
It’s normal to turn a blind eye on this issues.
When we have such high standards, how can we even be expected to be bothered by such mundane issues as deforestation, environmental crisis and climate change?
– BY NATASHA MITRI
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Another interesting read by Tracy Atieh HERE