the Layman will tell you that this is just a byproduct of globalization and
western media influence, dig deep and you’ll reach only one conclusion: Egypt’s
youth carry no pride of their own culture.
of them who’re working spend most of their salaries hanging out at cafes’
socializing with similar lost souls, and the other portion on imported clothes
and accessories they can barely afford trying to “look the part”. They have
rebelled against the traditional social norms such as marriage (a luxury few
can afford now with the staggering expenses of wedlock and steep expectations of
males specifically), Hijab (which was till a recent point synonymous with
virtue and religious obedience but has now become a symbol of social
subjugation, Muslim brotherhood influence, and for some young women a deterrent
to the much coveted “open-minded suitor”), as well family ties (usually torn-apart
between older, pro-military, anti-change parents and younger frustrated
can blame them? In a country with a deteriorating education, massive social plights
ranging from unemployment to corruption, and a starving economy, it’s hard to
find sources of self-worth let alone patriotism and national pride; so the
youth console themselves with what they can: a “westernized lifestyle” to
convince themselves that one day they’ll get out, and when they do they’ll fit
discussion with some Twenty-something year-olds, a unanimous agreement was on
the fact that: “a country can either make or break you, and Egypt is definitely
a breaker”. Many of these men and women are struggling to find jobs, still
living with their parents way into their late twenties and thought of as
liabilities, those who manage to find work are usually underpaid, overworked
and overlooked when better opportunities arise because of their lack of
connections (most desirable positions are reserved for the “elite society”)
question many are incapable of or afraid to answer.
sake of avoiding political conflict, I will avoid diving into the previous
question, and will focus on some of the disregarded factors behind the current
identity loss in Egypt.
the period of 1868-1945 Japan went through a series of radical changes,
converting it from one of the world’s weakest nations, to a power dynamo fueled
by one simple element: its people. Education. Education. Education.
want to keep your youth at bay: keep them busy and motivated, give them a cause
to live for, and they will forever be in your favor.
Grandmother; a simple, kindhearted, and outspoken lady has recently decided to
throw away the beloved TV set that she’s proudly owned for the past fifteen
years (her sole source of entertainment as a seventy five year old living
alone), when asked why she said: “the negativity was too much and the shows too
by fascist regimens aiming to keep the people “subdued” the media in Egypt
operates to manipulate facts, exaggerate and downplay at will, and skew
perspectives. Those who’re not so interested in watching newscasts or political
shows are presented with an array of movies and series promoting violence,
highlighting and dramatizing moral degradation and ignoring the actual
challenges faced by the standard Egyptian.
you’re living in Egypt or have been keeping tabs on its events, you’re sure to
have heard of the multiple acts of violence against Christian minorities,
Church bombings have become a staple fear during religious celebrations, and
Christians are becoming more and more apprehensive in the process. The
“official” statements condemn radical terrorist groups, but the facts rarely
seem to add up in face of the charges.
divided= a nation in conflict with itself, too busy being paranoid to see the
bigger picture and stand up for the whole.
do we end up with? Brainwash. Those too occupied trying to make ends meet,
those living in fear of persecution, and those too oblivious to care and too
ignorant to know. And this is the simple reason why Falafels are inaccurately
called green burgers, and Egyptians have lost their identity.