It's true that there is an incredible variety of types of cuisines in Lebanon, but this is causing the lebanese culture to slip out of the hands of it's citizens. Why? Well, globalisation has shortened all the distances between countries, and individuals themselves around the world, that our planet is now called a global village! Globalisation has made the world a better place in so many ways. Not only can we now easily reach people in other countries, but we can also discover new places and learn much more about our world than we previously could. This freedom of exchange between countries is helping us all get closer to our loved ones, friends, and relatives abroad. However, all this exchange between countries is unifying different cultures into adapting to a single "ideal" one, that is usually the culture of powerful countries. So many people, such as most Lebanese nowadays are so drawn into adapting to this ideal culture. And this is affecting the Lebanese culture.
To make things a bit clearer. Traditions are habits that a certain population has and lives with. And a culture is all these traditions put together, a culture is a very, VERY important part of one's identity. So a tradition and a culture are NOT -"zet el chi"- the same. And soon there won't be a Lebanese culture anymore. But if we all act together and work like a team , we can still prevent the extinction of the Lebanese culture!!! (Jurassic park soundtrack in the background).
Food is an important part in our culture. We Lebanese are known for making good food. So why not make "bed b2awarma" the new brunch craze instead of poached eggs on toast or egg benedict?
We all tend to travel abroad to work or/and study, so why not promote Lebanese products that are hard to find in other countries, and that are exported from Lebanon, or open a Lebanese restaurant, or create a Lebanese clothing brand. We can also use social media. Today most of us are "connected" and if you think of it the saying isn't just a figure of speech: we do have the world at our fingertips. So let's use social media to show the world what living in Lebanon is really like. From those sunny sundays you spend with your families, to your day off at the beach. A drink with friends on friday night, or that awesome party you're going to on saturday!!! If you're an architect you can show a few of your upcoming projects that you're thinking of beginning. These were just a few examples of everything you can share through social media. In addition to that you can easily take stunning pictures with your smartphone, you just need a little getting used to the camera.
To conclude, let's not make another bad decision and let a huge part of Lebanon disappear, AGAIN. So we should all act to keep the Lebanese Culture alive. We live in a beautiful country, it isn't THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY EVER. but nothing's stopping us from making it THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY EVER.