I had a dream, like literally

I had a dream, like literally

Last night, I had a dream (a sleep dream, not a Martin Luther King dream) that Lebanon was playing in the World Cup. The first game we played was against Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon won. Then, we played against Iran, and again, Lebanon won. Then, we played against Germany, and a player on the Lebanese team called Mohammad Fneich scored. So we won 1-0!! Everyone was madly cheering. It was incredible. You should have been there. But then, still in the dream, a stranger next to me said, “that’s not good.”
I paused.
He said, “Muhammad Fneish is a die-hard supporter of Saad Hariri, and now everyone’s gonna attribute our World Cup victory to Saad Hariri. I wish we lost.”
I’m like, “OK buddy, two things. First, you just made me realize that we don’t deserve this victory. Second, who are you and how did you get into my house.”

I really did have this dream. And I feel compelled to communicate some thoughts especially in the aftermath of the Lebanese Independence Day, and all that’s been said, but also with the state of affairs in our world. These thoughts are valid for Lebanon, as well as any country that has been struggling with misunderstanding its power (see country called USA to the west).

Independence doesn’t exist when you believe you’re doing your “community” a favor by electing a mercantilist politician to represent you, one who sells the nation off for an extra buck in his pocket, while you turn a blind eye because he’s from “your group”.
Nor does Independence exist if you believe you deserve more rights than other compatriots in your nation just because “you don’t like them.”
Nor does Independence exist if “your political representative” constantly displays exaggerated flattery and affection towards foreign powers for the $$ purpose of self-promotion and self-commercialization, and you are, conversely, shocked that we never get respected as a nation on the International world order.
Don’t try to read between these lines.
As long as people prefer to _lose_ as an entire country just to prevent a supposed political adversary from winning a small battle, there is no Independence of any sort to be celebrated, and we don’t deserve a national victory, not even in football. Our nation runs on political enslavement, where the majority of our politicians are slaves of mercantilism, and we are slaves of these politicians. The opposite of free independence is, shockingly, forced dependence, and dependence doesn’t dignify its bondsmen.

But I have hope. Because as distressed as I am about the political affairs in my country, I managed to make “Muhammad Fneish” (google the name) a die-hard supporter of Saad Hariri in my dream, and that means that brains can maybe re-wire to accommodate the wildest of dreams! Until then, happy dreaming about an everlasting Independence.  


Written by Sara El-Yafi


  1. Tanya Kassem · November 27, 2017

    I look forward to your posts like children look forward to their Christmas presents! You’re so, so, so right about everything, as always.

  2. Nicholas Haddad · November 27, 2017

    The “Mohammad Fneich” touch made me laugh so hard. Brilliant post, Sara.

  3. Alexander Keefe · November 27, 2017

    Brilliant analysis, witty commentary, and superb writing. Thanks for another great post. 🙏

  4. Kareem Khaled · November 27, 2017

    Even your dreams are witty 😍 you gotta take a break 😉

  5. Harry Albright · November 27, 2017

    AWESOME!!!!!! 👏👏

  6. Trk Lulu · November 27, 2017

    ❤️❤️Another brilliant score ⚽️Sara!!!🏆🥂🥂

  7. Nelida Nassar · November 27, 2017

    happy dreams….with better outcomes….

  8. Jordan Stone · November 27, 2017

    Happy Thanksgiving Sara

  9. Raymond Khoury · November 27, 2017

    On the plus side, we don’t have Roy Moore. Or the pig-in-chief, for that matter. Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Nicholas Haddad · November 27, 2017

    WOW. Brilliant Sara. Simply brilliant. 🙌🙌

  11. Jamil Adi · November 27, 2017

    Nail. On. Head.

  12. Fida Krayem · November 27, 2017

    I got chills from your writing. How do we get you to rule our country?

  13. Bashar Lulua · November 27, 2017

    I loved this blog! Sharing!

  14. Tanya · November 27, 2017

    This was me while reading your post:
    Laughs, thoughts, and applause throughout. Thank you.

  15. Rani Kayrouz · November 27, 2017


  16. Mayssa Jallad · November 27, 2017

    If this was a David Lynch film, you would have to have a coffee with this man

  17. Rima Ghanem Bahout · November 27, 2017

    Saraaaaa!!!😍😍👌👍love it!

  18. Basma Fakri · November 27, 2017

    Love your train of thoughts whether sleep or awake!Sweet dreams!

  19. Haitham El Khatib · November 27, 2017

    More devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; people who prefer a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice.

    • Sara El-Yafi · November 27, 2017

      I’m not quite sure I understand what a “negative peace” is, or why tension and justice are mutually exclusive.

      • Haitham El Khatib · November 27, 2017

        Negative peace is the avoidance of conflict to maintain the ongoing peace, as in let’s not rock the boat.

      • Sara El-Yafi · November 27, 2017

        ah. I see. I think you’re being generous when you say that it’s “a devotion to order” that makes people so idle, I’d say that it’s such a deep-seated philosophy of fatalism and an attitude of total work avoidance that is deeply ingrained in people that makes us so idle. I don’t believe we don’t “want to rock the boat” to avoid conflict, I’d say that our self-respect has sunk so low that we don’t even think we deserve better than what has been presented to us over the past 27 or even 42 years. We don’t even dare to dream about something better. What is that? Deadbeat peace?

      • Haitham El Khatib · November 27, 2017

        Tension and justice are not necessarily mutually benefit but I was trying to describe the difference between the current state of Lebanese affairs: negative peace (where everything is peaceful but the system is not healthy and not just) vs. what it could be: positive peace (where there is tension, represented by people leaning into demanding their rights and revolting against the existing corrupt sectarian leaders) resulting in justice. I hope I explained myself clearly 🙂 your dream is beautiful

      • Sara El-Yafi · November 27, 2017

        Very well said!! Thanks for expressing this, Haitham. I dearly hope for positive peace!! And for more people like you!

        • Haitham El Khatib · November 28, 2017

          Sara El-Yafi What you said about fatalism and self-respect struck a chord. Deadbeat peace describes it best. You are the beat; keep making your own tracks!

  20. Sasha Van de Water · November 27, 2017

    I think you underestimate yourself Sara El-Yafi. This dream of yours was definitely a MLK dream! And a Gandhi dream, and a Mandela dream. Everyone deserves freedom unfettered by mercantile prejudice, so keep preaching your gospel! It sings, it’s music to my ears. ❤❤❤

  21. Hala Minkara · November 27, 2017

    Beautiful girl. Love ❤️ you

  22. Wassef Ezzedine · November 27, 2017

    Totally agree with your thoughts… Been having these same ones for quite some time actually… Only I could never put them in such explicit words that they come out so crisp and clear and fully comprehensive of exactly what is wrong and why… Lady, you’re a natural !

  23. Molly Stacey · November 27, 2017

    Brilliant. What a dream x

  24. Abir Tebbo · November 27, 2017

    Expressing my infinite love for you woman

  25. Tareq Tamimi · November 27, 2017

    I always love your way of thinking and your way of looking to things, My special respect to you my friend

  26. Neo Ajaka · November 27, 2017

    “Dreaming” should be Made a profession… #JustSaying

  27. Tamas Kowalik · November 27, 2017

    Sara, please let me know if your team plays against Greece. I would like to join you (without “getting into your house”).😀

  28. Fayez Tawil · November 27, 2017

    Just pure philosophy!!!

  29. Basma Alshaar · November 27, 2017

    Well-said my friend. Your analysis is on point as always. Keep the faith and please don’t be bothered by the noise around you. It’s nothing more than just noise. Democracy is messy and chaotic. You gotta take the good, the bad, and the ugly👍🏼🇱🇧🌲

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