Day 13

Alright, so I’m going to be brutally honest.

I was never for this “revolution.” I, personally, did not have too many issues with Mubarak. Yes, I did benefit indirectly from his let’s call it “preferential” treatment, and yes, I do understand and know that millions of people were being treated horribly. But a revolution? No, not the answer.

It’s easy to point fingers (specifically the one that comfortably rests in the middle) at big political figures and scream and shout how they are the reason you can’t get married, or get money, or find happiness – and with merit. But how many Egyptians do you know that actually have an honourable work ethic, that actually apply themselves to their lives? Yeah. Exactly.

Look at the average work day of the government employee who strides into their disaster of an office at 11 am, only to drink their communal tea for 45 min with their co-workers. Once the very last sip slides down their throats, the “focus” on their work till about 3 pm, then the excuses fly out, “I have to make lunch,” I have to pick up my cousin’s kids from day care before the teacher leaves and the traffic etc. etc.”  Government employees literally know more about their co-workers personal lives then what they need to know for their own jobs.

Oh, you want to bring up our medical system? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Yes, our infrastructure is a mess, yes money was stolen by the billions. But one must always ask themselves, is this better?

Now everyone want to go on strike, now everyone is entitled to a better life that only their government can force feed them through their subsidized bread and cigarettes.

Where would we be now if the revolution never happened? How many people would still be alive?

I’m used to the counter arguments of Mubarak’s power vacuum, what power vacuum? Look at all the people struggling to get their claws on the throne now?

Pay raises? HA! With what money, we as a nation are on the brink of bankruptcy. So you know that stipend your grandmother lives on? All those glorious subsidies? All that lax tax policy? Yeah, you can kiss them good bye in a few short months. Oh, you want to talk about the IMF loan or how we have literally been selling ourselves like low grade hookers for any bit of cash. Wake up people, it’s that bad.

“But these are the growing pains of democracy,” they say.

I say shut up and look around you. Our Egypt has become unrecognizable, cold, and lost. What justice has been served? None. What is the future of Egypt? What is our future? Now we face one of the largest brain drains Egypt has ever seen, yeah that’s right, all the intelligent people that could have pushed our country forward are busy working 9 to 5 in some first world country helping them advance.

Unity and nationalism are beautiful forces, but can be equally as destructive with absence of consistency. So Goddammit if you are going to stand for a cause, see it through, because 90 million eyes, mouths and minds depend on it. 90 million peoples’ lives will change for the worse if we don’t all stand together.

And we can, because we are 90 million strong.

 

Sweet Dreams World.

 

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6 replies

  1. walahy 3andek 7a2 to some extent

  2. Think you really need to take into consideration , that the original protests were not calling for an absolute revolution, Instead it seems it was the out of touch nature of the liberal authoritarian regime in Egypt that led them into such perils! Mubarak played it wrong, he could of been a hero in the early days of the revolution, The MB were no where to be seen , until Mubarak turned himself in to public enemy number 1. I personally think that it is easy to assume that this revolution was intended by everyone from day 1 , when really it was more the failure of the regime to understand and respond to its young population, Protesting against the brutality of the regime they were met by the worst brutality ever seen on the streets of Cairo. Mubarak and the army let this get out of hand not the people.

  3. I absolutely agree with you on your point that Mubarak could have avoided stepping down by conceding to the population at the very very beginning. All he had to say was I am not running for another term and neither will my son. I believe if he had done this, then perhaps Egypt would look a bit different today. That being said, after the transfer of power to the military, thousands of Egyptians thought this was their opportunity to fight for rights that over 90% of them deserve. This act in my eyes, is fair to an extent, however, and a big however, to hold people hostage in factories, to resort to kidnapping and stealing company supplies and to use violence as an instrument for reform is not acceptable in my opinion. All of the aforementioned did in fact happen. Reference Cleopatra Ceramic Factory Ain Sokhna. Can you believe the Egyptian factory workers held the Italian workers hostage for 5 days? What did these foreign employees have to do with anything? They threatened to kill them if the owner of the factory did not give them a percentage of the company profits. A little absurd, don’t you think? Irregardless, I’m glad I got to read your articulate note. I hope to read more.

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