Is this what you call coexistence?
Abou Ali has a different experience with cats. He has not one, but ten of them. He named them himself; there’s Sabeh Assoubouh, Fahda Al Sayyada, Busayna, Balloula, Ghandoura, Kahla, Tiger, Obama, Puma and Batman, all of them walk around him as he sits in the carpenter tools shop he ran following his brother’s death 17 years ago. These cats all eat from the same plate, even though if you’re a cat owner yourself, you know that cats don’t like this at all. Abou Ali considers this fact as the biggest proof of coexistence among animals being much natural than among humans, remembering how the situation was when the Lebanese Civil War erupted, leading to men killing their brothers over political disputes… “Is this what you call coexistence?” Abou Ali mockingly asks, not waiting for the answer I wasn’t even going to give, as I watched him caress a cat that sat close to his small chair.