Note — Sep 12, 2021

Lebanon as We Once Knew It Is Gone

Seen in → No.187

Source → nytimes.com/2021/09/03/opinion/lebanon-econ...

Horrible situation, especially because of the speed at which it has happened. This quote by the author, Lina Mounzer, summarizes the piece but also why I’m sharing it: “It is a preview of what happens when people run out of resources they believe are infinite. This is how fast a society can collapse. This is what it looks like when the world as we know it ends.”

The currency has lost over 90 percent of its value since 2019; 78 percent of the population is estimated to be living in poverty; there are severe shortages of fuel and diesel; society is on the verge of total implosion. […]

I’m behind on every deadline; I’ve written countless shamefaced emails of apology. What am I even supposed to say? “My country is falling apart and there’s not a single moment of my day that isn’t beholden to its collapse”? […]

The standards by which “normal” or “acceptable” living conditions are measured have long been discarded. People with the means to do so are leaving. Every week I say goodbye to a dear friend.