Friday, 20 January 2012

Respect the Spring bud ...

.. that grows in the desert.
Just like thinking outside the box allows ideas to breathe it also helps ideologies continue to pulsate.
Conventional negative responses may fill us with despondency and yet they are wherever we turn. For every person wishing Egypt maintain its dignity and grow in strength there must be at least the equivalent if not ten-fold who believe it is far cleverer to assume the worst. This observation is not restricted to outsiders but applies to individuals and constituents in Egypt itself, many who believe it their right to pilfer from the state for services rendered. 
And yet the revolution did occur, sparked by an unadulterated cry for change. May it remain unforgotten, undismissed. Respect for its source must remain.
In a most insightful article in the Guardian, titled: 
'Egypt's revolution has been misread', Khaled Abdullah writes:
"There are three main poles of power in Egypt: the army, the Islamists and the revolution. No single event is powerful enough to obliterate the influence of any one of them. Only time can. The real question is: whose ideology is most resilient?"
"As people take their seats in parliament on 23 January, deep down they will know that it is blood that got them there."...

Astutely, those who have tapped into directing efforts into helping the starving and deprived are perhaps those who may well impose religious sanctions upon the nation if they were ever to find themselves in a position of firmly established power. Moderately inclined political members must indeed begin to focus or lose out ~ in the short term at the very least.

"If the Islamists can bring that future in one choppy parliament, expect the future to be theirs, deservedly. But presuming they can't; it will be civil society that writes the future, as the street finds ways to organise itself and build its vision"  
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photo: amiraT
The Egyptian spirit has always had an integral sense of  directing energy towards aiding the most down and out through community spirit and good old-fashioned methods of direct donation and support. This would appear to have been on the decline in recent years and the Ta7reer episodes of affirmed unison served as acute reminders; innate expressions of visible support and thereby laying emphasis on infinite possibilities for change.
But now in the aftermath and sense of limbo felt nationwide there appears to remain the ongoing antithesis of this very ideal. With the sudden surges of apparent great wealth preceding the revolution; grand statements in the public domain still appear to claim precedence over any other national enterprise. This fake aggrandisement does little more than add to the already substantial confusion and bewilderment among those struggling most. Simplicity is abandoned in favour of pomp, contributing  nothing to the basic upholding edifices of the nation. These serve as mere distractions; imported costly frills depleting even further a struggling economy. Currents that fight against conscientious development and progress may well bring about more devastating scenarios than the country has ever known and it is for this very reason that the spirit of the revolution must remain strong in order to survive.

photo: amiraT
Egypt has a very long way to go. With hardship and insecurity the more self-serving in a community care less for its spirit and the echoing after-shocks of revolution are but hindrances. All would be lost were there not a counteracting force, a spirit greater and more resilient that still spurts feverishly through; perhaps most visible in spontaneous expression, a flourish of art, in all its forms, uninhibited creative thinking outside the box.

  And like the common garden plant that leans towards the sun and reaches for the rain, without expression of thought, dreams and hopes, a nation would be little more cherishable than a barren piece of land. 

When a heart is grateful it is also replenished. Here is a cheerful 'thank you' of sweet sorrow. 'Shukran' from a duo depicting Egyptian spirit. Thanks to those who have passed, those present and with a hopeful look to the future, a light-hearted rendering, poignantly illustrative: Mohamed Abdel-3al Mado and Wael 3amer.



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