Monday, September 14, 2015

As you are, you shall be governed

Of all the graffiti that I saw in downtown Beirut, the optimistic ones, the threatening ones, the daring ones, only this one arose my curiosity - "as you are so you shall be governed". The origin of the sentence is debatable, and its weakly attributed to the Prophet's hadith. But the meaning is so spot on, our rulers are nothing but a mirror image of who we are and how we behave as individuals - which means that the more tribal, divided, fanatically religious, corrupt we are - the more our rulers will be the same. If we are to change our rulers, we much change ourselves. Change starts bottom up not top down!

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