Our understanding of history and current events tends to emphasize the unusual, the extraordinary, or the extreme. This reflects the prejudice of the historian or newsman more than anything else. It is easy to forget that, in every age, the average person has gone about his business the best he can, trying to make his way in the world, and putting one foot in front of the other in that great marathon called Life.
The artisan patiently tinkers with his handicrafts; the cultivator of the field moves forward with the regularity of the seasons; and the businessman frets over his accounts and ledgers. None of them—these anonymous men–receives much attention from the historian, since their activities are not glamorous: but without them, the amusements of kings, and the frivolous diversions of presidents and prime ministers, would hardly be possible. Let us, for once, celebrate the achievements of someone who has not been in the news very much.
Our story here comes from the Middle East, a region that in recent years has been in dire need of some good news. Yet despite the rumblings of war, the spread of chaos, and the ecstasies of destruction that have been visited on the region, the patient majority go about their way, and continue the forward movement of economy and society.
The Fast and Furious movie franchise’s seventh film features the first luxury car manufactured by an Arab company. W Motors was founded in 2012 in Beirut by a visionary designer named Ralph Debbas, who now works as the company’s CEO. The company’s first luxury car is the $3.4 million Lykan Hypersport, which can go from 0 to 60 mph. in less than 3 seconds. Its top speed is around 395 kph.
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