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From darkness to light, from Me to We, French writer, Stéphanie Nassif transcribed experience the diversity in her works mix of cultures and encounters.

by WLCU Editor | Feb 29, 2016

From darkness to light, from Me to We.

French writer, Stéphanie Nassif transcribed experience the diversity in her works mix of cultures and encounters.                                                                                     Ismail Nasra  

 

                        Historically   the relationship with others and  their  differences was an obstacle to harmonious human relations. In recent years this barrier seems to turn into airtight barrier, behind which are hiding groups claiming a specific ethnic or religious identity. This identity crisis, largely fueled by political antagonisms, economic and social globally, based on the obvious: more and more, the difference is scary. In fact, diversity is not perceived as an asset but as a weakness. The difference is a threat, a danger facing an established value system regarded as truths, or rather it is claimed as an exclusive membership that must be preserved at all costs. The result is the same: the withdrawal, refusal of any exchange with each other. This attitude leads to the stigmatization of difference, because putting back to back incomparable value systems, cultures are opposed to the quartered. It is true that it is easier to reject the difference rather than seeking to understand and accept. In fact, try to understand what is upsetting her bearings and agree to question his own values.

French writer, Lebanese at heart, installed in recent years in Lebanon, I have experienced this over the other in the difference: a direct confrontation between East and West, a daily discovery of what diverges two life systems, thought, social, religious, political and economic. I applied to extract the essential richness of that diversity, to finally understand the key to each other, such as André Malraux revealed: "To judge is obviously not understanding; if we understood, we could no longer judge. "Because that is the lack of understanding, either through ignorance or denial, which determines the tightness of the barrier which tends to become impassable.

In many ways, Lebanon is a perfect microcosm of respect to each other's differences. Political events, religious, economic, social - or environmental - of recent years reflect an identity quartering increasingly marked, also reflecting an undeniable weakening of the social fabric. There is no doubt that this opposition is sterile - even dangerous - because it does not advance, nor individually or across a company. It is therefore essential to learn to accept differences and understand.

Because ultimately, is this identity claimed by some community groups irreversible? Can we truly say that an individual remains the same throughout his life? Hearing the words of a Lebanese student arguing with some surprise about me "she's like us" at a conference on the Francophonie, I suddenly realized that the other I discovered it a few years ago installing me in Lebanon, that I perceived with my eyes of Western, is partly me today! Therefore, the identity of an individual, far from being fixed, changes throughout life, depending in particular on its opening skills to another.

In conclusion and as an invitation, I thought your book these words from the preface of my latest novel, The temple treasure Melqart - The Phoenician heritage: "As soon as the man reaches beyond the ME to become WE, forgetting their resentments and differences, it rises every day a little more towards infinity. "

French writer, Stéphanie Nassif transcribed experience the diversity in her works mix of cultures and encounters.


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