The Continuous Quest Of The Youth

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We all thrive to find our identity sometime in our lives. Most of the time it is when we reach our adolescent years that we start looking for something to engage ourselves with, to feel a part of our society. “For, indeed, in the social jungle of human existence there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.” (Erikson, 1968, p. 130). The search for an identity is a major constituent of our youth years and most of the time it accompanies us for the rest of our lives. Identity can be defined as “a person's conception and expression of their individuality or group affiliations” (Identity (social science). (n.d.). Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved April, 14, 2014, from ...view middle of the document...

For this reason, many of the Lebanese youth are found imitating the western society, whether in their behaviours and actions, in their multilingualism among each other, or in their lifestyles. This results in children growing up in a multi-cultural society, and the problem arises when they start entering their adolescent years and become in search of their real identity. Should we act as members of an Arab society? Should we speak Arabic? Or should we follow the west and their lifestyle?
My answer to this is that Lebanon has always been a part of the Arab region, and Arabic has always been the language spoken by people of this region. Thus, although western culture is taking over many aspects of the Lebanese life, the Lebanese youth should stick to their Arabic roots as a way of identifying and defining themselves.
The young people of Lebanon should be allowed the chance to seek a religious identity far away from politics, and to be affiliated with a religious group for the purpose of spirituality and personal beliefs. The sectarian problem in Lebanon had a major impact on the minds of the youth. Politics in Lebanon embedded the concept of affiliating with a particular political party based on religion. Thus, the youth started seeking a religious identity based on this idea. In Lebanon, the concept of belonging to a particular political group, especially to young people is very important, as it defines who you are and who your allies and enemies are. In order to feel as a part of the society, and to feel your presence among others, you have to be on the side of a specific political party. This is the root of many conflicts in which the Lebanese youth are facing. Religion has become a part of a political identity instead of a personal and spiritual one, and this has led to divisions between people. This concept should be disintegrated in order to build a more concrete society and to protect the youth.
Sexual identity has become a major debatable issue in the world, and has spread to reach Lebanon. This type of identity proposes many conflicts upon the society and interferes with its norms and culture. “Development of a sexual identity, or formation of an identity that includes seeing oneself as a sexual being, is the process of engaging in sexual behaviours, forming attitudes about sexual experiences and sexuality, and navigating the social, emotional, and physical challenges of sexual behaviour” (D’Augelli, A.R., & Patterson, C.J. (Ed). (2001). Lesbian, gay, and bisexual identities and youth. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc.). For the youth in Lebanon, finding their sexual identity is becoming more common, although it is still restricted because of the culture we live in. There have become more people confessing...

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