It is just a lack of CONSISTENCY
Why Egypt has become like this?
This question has always occupied my thinking. Through every incident and event, I pass by or observe, I always attempt to find an answer for it. I want to know what happened to Egypt making it the kind of a country we see it today?
Well, as a start, I believe I should first know the real weight of our country. Of course it is not that great and promising one that we were raised believing in it, as a result of the handicapped education system. Also, it is not that anonymous country which is reflected by camels and tents in the American movies.
So where is Egypt exactly? Egypt is just a country whose people and government suffer from a sever lack of consistency. Egyptians have never started a thing, anything, and completed it. The Egyptian history, I believe, is a series of endless events, events that were not ended. This is even related, or shall I say originated and caused by the foreign occupation that Egypt suffered from.
Egypt didn’t enjoy the privilege of having one occupier or conquistador that imposes his plans and ideologies for a long time. The substitution of the occupiers, causing the substitution of the plans and strategies, has made the Egyptian citizen not aware of something called persistence. The different faces, used to invade him every now and then, have planted the feeling of insecure and hesitation in the Egyptian culture. It made it unable to implant a fixed strategy or a policy to live with. It made the Egyptian citizen fond of changing, an attitude which lasted till now.
Thus, the different invaders who passed across Egypt, has deprived the Egyptians of the ability to tolerate a certain plan, or even a feeling or a behavior for a long time. This is a normal outcome, which can be understood. Every time the Egyptians start to accept a certain invader, it is swiftly being replaced, and so on, leaving the Egyptians with immature and instable attitude.
From my point of view, the lack of consistency, has vastly expanded to cover every aspect in the Egyptian life. Egyptians are now incapable to finish whatever they start. They are fond of initiating a new tactics or strategies, and sheer much for them, at the beginning only, and then it is forgotten. I am not here talking about the quality of the plan, this is another story, I am just talking about the quality of being accomplished. This attitude can be found in any field of our life: Sports, we won an Olympic golden medal in wrestling, yeah, lets concentrate upon wrestling, it is our future sport, and then what happened, nothing. No need to know that before wrestling, there were the bodybuilding, handball, swimming, etc. The much nicer thing is the fact that what initiates our concern about a certain sport is just a SINGLE accident which hardly been duplicated.
Beside the sports, we have the Economic sector. Egypt, I believe, is the only country which has adopted three different economic policies in less than fifty years. It started with the socialist solution, in the fifties and sixties, then the open door economy, in the seventies, then the economic reform phase, which is adopted for more than twenty years (come on now, where is the economy, and where is the reformation).
What were the results of this altering? There were no results except the initial upheavals and sufferings caused by the adoptation of the new plan or strategy, but the fruits never been attained.
Again, I am not talking about the quality of each economic plan, or the importance of each game, I am pointing to the inability of the Egyptians to persist upon accomplishing their missions.
As for the political part, we can talk as much we want. From a kingdom, to a military conservative regime, to a “Democratic Constitutional” system. From different political parties, to no parties, to one party, to many dummy parties. From a competitive relation with the Arab neighbors, to a cooperative one, to a no relation situation, to whatever is occurring now. From non biased strategy, to an eastern oriented one, to a western culture direction, etc. The examples are so many making the diversity and inconsistency of the Egyptian political life as a fact as its hot, all year, weather.
Reaching this point, one can assume that I accuse the government, any Egyptian government, to be the reason behind the conditions we are living it now, as it is unable to accomplish a plan to its end. This is not true, my remarks are concentrated upon the Egyptian citizen rather than the Egyptian government, and that’s for two reasons. First, the government is, by definition, a group of Egyptian citizens. Of course, no one can buy this statement as in the last fifty years, the general attitude was to separate between those who rule, and those who are ruled. The attitude which aim to make the rulers as the untouchables, who are different from the others. However, I am talking here about an inherited personality, which is implanted inside the Egyptian culture for a very long time, making all the Egyptians enjoy such talent of inconsistency, regardless their positions.
The second reason for not blaming the governments or the rulers for this situation arises after a simple observation for any Egyptian’s life. If anyone of us observed what is he/she doing throughout the day, we will find that he is a typical inconsistent person. It may be clear for students who neither study nor socializing, the employees who neither work and produce, nor sleep and sneak from the work, to the managers, who neither manage and lead, nor work and enhance the productivity. Everyone of us is unable to accomplish a task, regardless how simple it is. Everyone of us is incapable to do what he is designed to do, we are always fond about altering and going inside but not finishing (please don’t misunderstand this sentence).
So, what is the problem of not having consistency?
The main problem, I believe, is the inability to accomplish anything, regardless how small it is. And since we can’t accomplish one thing, the Egyptians won’t be able to build upon it and start another thing (do you understand anything?)
I mean that in order to develop and proceed, one needs to start doing something, whatever its nature, and complete it. After finishing this task, one shall observe it and work on modifying and developing, and then start working on it. As he has something solid and tangible in his hand, one should start continuing it with another task, which by itself will require another job to be done, and so on. The end result of this is much things being done, which reflects the concept of development. But without even finishing the first task, this cycle wont exist; thus, no development or improvement will occur.
A second problem of the lack of continuity is the harvesting of the negative externalities and the denying of the benefits. Lets’ first agree about the concept which says everything is tough at its beginning, but as you go on, it becomes easier. So, if the Egyptians are fond of starting things, which wont be completed, they only face the hard and tough outcomes which accompany it starting, this difficulties of course have costs and harms. However, the Egyptians don’t proceed to enjoy the benefits of their work, so the result is endless harms and difficulties without benefits or rewards. This consumes and finishes the different resources we have, as they are never being renewed. Think about the difficulties Egypt faced during the implementation of the socialist system, about the nationalization of many successful profiting companies, and from the escape of the capital outside the country, and just as the public sector has started to mature, the open door economy came to crush it, side by side with the poor under the market price which lead to the riots of 1977.
The final problem of the lack of consistency is the absence of the economy of scale. There is no efficiency in our work as we don’t know how, when, and why will we finish it? We don’t have any predefined module, in any aspect of our lives, to follow, because nothing in the past fits our present, as we are always altering. Therefore, we are not efficient or productive in our work as we always start from scratch.
This may be why Egypt has become the country we are seeing it now.
More is coming … Hopefully