What the Egyptian State fears, it should expand upon!

Apparently, States have nightmares just as human beings do – but, unlike human beings, they are blessed with the capability of avoiding or undermining their nightmares! The Egyptian state is scared to death of a few internal challenges that can be easily defined as Egypt’s nightmares; if they blow-up, the resultant damage will be irreversible. Fortunately, however, what the Egyptian state now perceives as internal threats could easily be turned into Egypt’s strong points – if the state were to better manage these challenges.

Diversification is society’s strength

Placing tremendous efforts into uniting all Egyptians to espouse a single opinion is undermining the fact that Egypt is by default a diversified society; our diversification has helped us to live together and tolerate one another for thousands of years. Adopting a narrow-minded perspective towards our diversified opinions is a clear obstruction to our progress and prosperity. Egypt will only prosper with the help of multiple opinions producing plenty of ideas – which the state should take steps to transform into functional policies.

Organizations shape the masses better

Mobilizing the masses is a daily preoccupation for the state, particularly since most of our population is poor and illiterate. The state attempts to undertake this task exclusively, working on weakening political parties and the civil society, which has concluded in diminishing the role of the entire society in favor of the state’s “iron-grip” delusion. Political Islamist entities that know how to organize underground – thereby undermining the state itself – must be tackled by strong political parties and civil society organizations that work on giving citizens true and valid alternatives to the falsehoods and fabrications spread by these entities.

Our nation’s energy is its youth

Egyptian youth constitute a source of permanent trauma for the state; this will only change by channeling their energy into positive action. Engaging our youth in proper political forces, knowing that some will support the ruling regime and others will oppose it, is the only means by which we can exploit their energy productively. The regular conferences organized by the state, wherein the president engages with a tiny selected segment of state-affiliated youth leave the remaining millions of young Egyptians who disagree with the President’s policies angry and frustrated – increasing the possibility for them to be drawn into releasing their energy in destructive ways.

The Entrepreneurship that we don’t recognize

In Egypt, the essence of entrepreneurship (wherein citizens who have ideas can gather suitable funds and expertise to proceed with their projects) is not even recognized. The state believes that Egyptians elected the president because of their confidence in his ideas and economic approach, and because they want the government to be the sole implementer of these ideas. Whereas broadening the nation’s horizon and enabling its citizens to identify and tackle business opportunities will open our country to more functional ideas, which we urgently need at present. 

The Dialogue that often turns into a monologue

“Listen only to me” is a message that President Al Sisi often repeats to his citizens. Ironically, it is the president who should listen to his citizens more (listening in the sense of establishing a dialogue – especially with those that differ with his policies completely). If citizens were happy with the government’s performance, which is not the current case, there would be no need to establish any kind of conversation. A constructive dialogue with the president will help our country to overcome the chronic problems that we have been living with.

In conclusion, assisting political parties to be better organized will help to accommodate more young people and work on avoiding their involvement in destructive behavior, while acknowledging the diversification within our society and enabling citizens to express their opinions and establish their businesses will promote our country’s prosperity. Moreover, establishing an open, constructive dialogue between the president and his opponents will help to bridge the current widening political and economic chasm. Completely altering Egyptians’ social norms to correspond to the state’s limited capacity is constraining our potential. Politics is about using the most suitable tools to apply the best tactics that will eventually help to enhance the stability and prosperity of our country.

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