The most significant ideas that this reading has taught me is the importance of paying attention to the subject of religion when forming a political system. In most cases, politics is a game played by the economically empowered thus leaving no room for the disadvantaged individuals to enjoy any leadership slots in their governments. I feel that such a system leads to the increase of the wealthy people on one hand and poverty stricken populations on the other hand. The disadvantaged lot need to have someone representing them in the government since such leaders understand the situations that their counterparts go through. As a result, they will advocate policies that bring change to the world such as improving lifestyles through job creation and provision of social amenities such as education and medical care at affordable rates.
Religion teaches believers important virtues such as compassion for others. Therefore, incorporating different religions in the running of the nation is a vital tool of bringing unity because the leaders will push for agendas that aim at increasing state unity as demanded by their religious beliefs (Fagan, 2006, 14). Moreover, the strategy is key in making even the smallest religious groups in a country feel recognized and appreciated. Therefore, conflicts such as those witnessed in Lebanon due to the underrepresentation of the Lebanese Shia’e (Naber, 2009, 148) will not arise.
A new insight I have gained from this article is that regardless of how far we are from home, we can still pay respect to our ethnic cultures without ever getting assimilated fully into the cultures of our host countries. In this day when globalization has seen humans settle in different parts of the globe, it is likely to forget one’s cultural values and traditions. However, the Lebanese Shi’a have taught me the value of growing the economies of our motherlands even when we are miles away. For instance, they would send money to Lebanon when living in the US (Naber, 2009, 148).
It is never right to neglect our places of origin. One day, we might want to return home and expect to find a conducive environment which might not be forthcoming if we forgot to take part in its maintenance and development when we were in foreign lands. On the same note, I have learned the importance of remaining united as a family since the love and encouragement of relatives give us the confidence to face challenging situations.
When we cannot provide physical support during times of despair, we pray and send well wishes to our loved ones which acts as their pillar of strength. For instance, Sara and her relatives in Dearborn could not do anything to save their relatives in Lebanon but cling to each other for comfort (Naber, 2009, 152). The special bond helped them to survive the difficult time they were facing knowing that life in Lebanon was not any good for their family members.
One of the limitations I found with the article is the way men and women came together to fight for human rights during the invasion (Naber, 2009, 166). I feel that genders should not always wait for adversities to strike for them to become one. Whether in times of trouble or happiness, men should see women as equal beings and treat them with the respect they deserve. It is unfair to discover that the men had not regarded women as able beings until they proved their prowess in fighting for human rights during the invasion.
Naber, N. (2009). Transnational families under siege: Lebanese Shi’a in Dearborn, Michigan, and the 2006 war on Lebanon. Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 5(3) pp. 145-174.
Fagan, P. F. (2006). Why religion matters even more: The impact of religious practice on social stability. Backgrounder, 1992, 1-19.