What is missing the most in Lebanon, more than water, more than roads, more than electricity, are people totally dedicated to the public welfare, trying together, at all levels, to solve the multiple problems of economic growth and human progress.
If a change of mentality does not occur in the young Lebanese elites, if a new breath coming from an intellectual and ethical revolution does not spread all over the country, the development will be fragile and Lebanon will not have filled neither its internal cohesion task, nor its supranational task of civilizing pole. The reason for Lebanon to exist and to last is essentially of human order. To rely on the successes due to an exceptional human quality will lose all its sense if this quality declines by the accentuation of a frantic individualism. It is the dimension of the collective national and of the collective universal that could save the soul of the Lebanese nation (…).
Change of mentality, of behavior, national solidarity renewed every day, persistent and tenacious effort will facilitate the implementation of the plan (…).
It can appear abnormal, in a report for development, to attach so much importance to extra-economic factors and among these to the factor of human valorization (…).
Relying on others for effort that on can by himself accomplish, is one of these morbid behaviors.
Père Louis-Joseph Lebret, s.j. (1897-1966)
Besoins et possibilités de développement du Liban. Étude préliminaire, 2 vol., Beyrouth, Ministère du Plan, Mission IRFED-Liban, 1960-1961, vol. 2, pp. 476-77. (translated from French)