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Lebanon has long been known for its intellectuals, even before its creation as a state. Since the beginning of the 19th century, the area which later became the state of Lebanon witnessed a great deal of intellectual and enlightening initiatives, making it a hub for knowledge and a laboratory for human intellectual advancement and invention. With such will and determination, "Lebanon the State for Knowledge" became a message to people of the region and the world that knowledge is the ultimate key to the birth and survival of a prosperous modern state able to face great challenges for over 96 years now, and thanks to its intellectual brains be a model of modernity and true citizenship it has also proved to the world that diversity is rather a key asset and not an impediment to the advancement of our modern state.How can we revive this spirit and give Lebanon back its reputation as the regional center for human knowledge and enlightenment? How can we recuperate the old days prior to the birth of Greater Lebanon whereby the "internal exodus" incites the educated and elite to gather around the establishment and development of a knowledge state, forcing the less-educated to seek employment outside Lebanon, unlike today whereby the "brain gain" is almost replaced by the "brain drain," making the most educated search for better opportunities abroad?
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