Elias Abu-Saba lived the values I hope to promote in this blog: mutual tolerance, social justice, and concern for the earth. He wanted to see those values embodied in Lebanon, his beloved homeland, as well as in America, his adopted country. Because many people in Lebanon and around the world read Dove's Eye View, I am going to tell you some important things you must know about him.
Dad was born into a poor farming family in a small village named Mieh-Mieh, outside of Sidon, south of Beirut. We all say they were poor, but his father owned many dunums of fertile arable land: olive orchards, orange groves, fields in the flats good for wheat and lentils.
Elias' humble origins shaped his consciousness for the rest of his life. He insisted on breaking down barriers between classes; he clung to his connection to the soil and to farming.
He urged working-class and immigrant students to better themselves, and he refused to see the many rich and powerful people he met as his superiors.