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A recent survey by the European Union's Eurobarometer reports people's expectations about their own personal job situation and of the economic situation in their home country. Based on a timeline from 1995 to 2015, around 80 percent of people predict that while their job situation will either remain the same or improve, most of them expect the economic situation in their home country to get worse or stay the same. So the predicament of personal optimism versus social pessimism isn't after all just a "Lebanese knot".In the case of Lebanon, most of us, especially the young, undoubtedly feel that our society is in a "downward spiral of decline" with a growing belief that our prosperity and well-being are fading, and that everything of value is being lost.World levels of poverty, maternity mortality, illiteracy and illicit trafficking, among others, are declining progressively.That includes the various security, economic and social problems such as unemployment, poverty, violence, etc. But there's always a bright side to build our hope on, such as the presence of a dynamic civil society that is more and more aware and knowledgeable of its people's needs, having thus an alternative development role in the absence of the rule of state.
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