A vicious cycle

Heads up: This post was written for venting purpose only, it doesn’t provide any solutions or suggest them even remotely, and yes; it’s pretty damn depressing.

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I’m still living in Libya – using the term living loosely as usual -, and it seems like all my attempts to get out are failing miserably, so for what’s it worth, I’m sticking here for a while.

Everyday life

It always amazes me, how these people can survive on scraps, now matter how long I ponder this I can’t seem to wrap my head around it, and whoever is ruling seems to be pushing them to the limits, see how long they can survive without security, water, electricity, money and infra structure.
But somehow they are surviving. a bit like the walking dead – if you ever watched that show.
Word breaks out of a clash somewhere, huge lines at gas stations, that crisis ends and soon after a cooking gas crisis begins.
One shortage after the other, one made up crisis after the other. War breaks without notice in this hell hole. It defies reason and defies purpose. Yet that is how the system -and I use the term loosely- works.
If it rained like it would normally do, the streets would drown and mobility becomes very limited, usually combined with long power outages.


Photo credit: Safepath Group

Attempting to apply logic to these people is a sin, life is turning into a paradox inside of a paradox covered in camouflage textile.

The economy

No matter how hard they strike at them, they don’t respond. No matter how high the prices rise or how long the queues get to obtain basic needs, they just get lined up to get whatever for however.
It gets colder, the electricity goes off for days, it gets hotter the electricity also gets off for days on end, for an economy with so much inflation going on I’m surprised that there is a lack of money in the banks!
What are they doing then? Mostly stabbing each other in the back and trying to make the most of a bad situation, raising the prices of goods and services to squeeze every penny possible from people.

Others aren’t as affected by the situation like most

While most Libyans struggle to make ends meet, a few are living the life! Pictures of fancy homes, cars, and lavishing weddings surface on-line (thanks to facebook for this) to brag fortane and social status. With everything being covered in Nuttela chocolate (it’s a big deal here for some reason!).
Libyans always liked to brag in weddings and show that they have as much money as the next guy, even if they have to borrow money in order to do so, but that kind of splurging money is a whole new level. Is it a case of the lipstick effect?

The political scene in Libya

For a country that has a pair of each: Government, parliament, central bank. Everything is going down hill (assuming that the more the merrier of course)
  • Corruption eating away what’s left of Libya’s wealth.
  • No security
  • Local currency is non existent, and for something so rare it’s worthless.
  • No functioning bodies of governance.
  • No power / fuel to operate basic daily needs.

Governments change without the slights audit, in fact most of the former ministers and prime ministers are enjoying a peaceful retirement abroad, and no one checked if they embezzled money before leaving office, as if anyone one cared!
Laws are passed without anyone noticing and the only rule is the lack of rules!
How will a government work right if it’s not audited by the parliament.
How will the parliament asses any thing if the members fail to meet each time?!

The vicious cycle

Sadly most of the problems that are happening now happened before, some happened years ago like the liquidity issue and the high price of the US dollar on the black market, others happen each year like the water ponds caused by rain fall, if these issues are periodical, than they can be easily predicted and solved if there was a government of sort, but no! These issues will continue to occur because that’s how Libya functions.

Finally

Will it be fixed someday? Does anyone have a magic wand to make it all better? Chances are no one does. But if everyone does his part and takes responsibility for their action, then things could improve.

As a young man who grew up and lived all of his life in Libya, I don’t think that it will be fixed in my life time, and I’m not too excited about starting a family in these conditions and hope that my children would have it better.

I really hope that the people of this country wake up, and realize that what are they doing is drowning all of us, because we are on the same boat.

Comments

  1. Dear friend,

    I can co-sense your sentiments so perfectly ... also here, much praised Europe, the Zombies are walking and won't change their fall while trying to drag everything and everyone else with them. Also fully agree "if everyone does his part and takes responsibility for their action, then things could improve" but people won't. I do that for something like three decades by now. People are easily distracted and easily deceived ... instead of seeing how easy all would be if we put our talents together. Imagine what we humans could achieve! Because talents don't lack they are only being directed to walk selfish paths.

    If you like so try to catch me on Hangouts, additionally, set up a profile on LinkedIn ... so that people can find a gifted guy like you are, professionally ;-) Of your skills are many people wanted, why not try. For questions, pls never hesitate ... and thanks for being a soul, souls are what this planet needs most of all

    A little Light

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    1. Thank you Lyn for stopping by, and I will try reaching out to you on Hangout.
      Best wishes :)

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  2. I totally agree that everyone should be doing their part and more ! If it's in one's hand of course , if we wait for "them" to get things done then we are not going to reach anywhere ,what pains my heart is that i noticed people are being a bit selfish lately , we can all just hope that the situation gets better but hoping doesn't solve anything , why sit and wait , the smallest things can make a huge difference , as a community and as people living in this community we have a duty and that duty is to give back.

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    1. Selfishness is going to kill us eventually! Thanks for stopping by Sara!

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  3. You've just put it right, Muaad: We, common Libyans, are nothing but 'walking dead' or rather 'Zombies'. No matter what our merciless double executioners do to try our patience, we fortunately or perhaps unfortunately SURVIVE!
    But don't despair! I'm pretty sure things will one day change. It takes time, both you and I know :( But it will certainly happen by hook or by crook.

    Keep up enlightening us all. Many thnx and good luck!

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    1. Hello Michael and welcome to my blog, I hope things change for the better too. Thank you for stopping by and don't be a stranger.

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