WishList: Made In Lebanon
My mom is a super crafty person: a brilliant dress maker, cook and everything DIY. I grew up believing you shouldn’t pay for what you can make yourself, and to evaluate what you buy by its quality first.
Being a workaholic i have less time for DIY but still have a fondness for quality handmade everything.
Being in Lebanon for the past few years, i was hoping to adopt a more hand made lifestyle… but it seems more difficult than I anticipated.
Glass furnaces no longer roar like they used to. Crafty carpenters sit with grim faces. Home made produce has been hijacked by the “organic” and priced up. Quantity & “made in China” has triumphed the market place.
The core of the problem is not that people don’t want hand made goods. It’s that these professions are abandoned by newer generations that are moving into desk jobs and “i want to be a manager” attitudes. We respect the suit, not the human in it.
One thing i loath about traditional academia is its celebration of theorizing and analyzing rather than doing. Not everyone is cut out for books. Many undergrads frail through college, only to graduate into mediocre jobs, unemployment, marriage or a mobile-phone-credit-refill shops.
Elite schools have more opportunities for children to explore their talents, but how many children go there, how many can afford to?
The problem: Social pressure, Education, government support.
What did you really want to be when you were young? A painter? An actor? A designer? What made you tick and drew a smile on your face? Every passion can be a profession! It takes some work and perseverance, but also passion, to succeed.
Maybe it’s time to pick a hobby, and fly with it. It disgusts me that many parents label hobbies and pets as a “waste of time” and “juvenile” – even though they are essential to teach time management, compassion and discipline.
Did your arts teacher really teach you how to draw? craft? or anything… my siblings’ art teachers sit in the classroom and gives them crayons. done. nada. no techniques, no art history, nothing (yes she gets paid to do nothing, and have the nerve to protest!)
Music, Arts and Sports (and anything non-traditional”) are under appreciated subjects in school curriculum, not enough institutes are available across the country to endorse these talents either. For heck’s sake, there isn’t even accessible Dabke classes!
How about we cut taxes for craft industries, support and endorse them through subsidies and incentives? Facilitate distribution, safety measures, protect intellectual property… or furnish the government buildings and public facilities exclusively thoroughly local furniture, glass, paper, stationery, etc?
It may not sound like much, but imagine how many public institutes and buildings (whether offices or barracks) exist in Lebanon and how many chairs these require… enough to keep many carpenters busy!
Also how about the Media stops labeling made in Lebanon as “ooh shu exotique!” and use a more assertive tone and promotion😉