Finding the logic behind the Sisi-Mania! Here’s my take on what to expect from Sisi and why he would be #Egypt‘s best choice.
Every time we educate a girl about her potential, we educate society about its ignorance. – Farida Ezzat
Sometimes we go through motions that scare us, break us and occasionally, permanently scar us. We carry not only the pain of our past, but the lessons we hope to bring to our future. Our mind becomes a canvas of pain, wisdom and love. A painted picture so complex, our subconscious swallows it all never to reveal and never to expose ever again. We go about our daily lives with our minds in eternal oblivion. Yet, our subconscious never forgets. It carries our pain, fears, dreams and hopes. It molds itself into perfect form to accommodate to all the things we wish to burry, the things we wish would disappear into perfect nothingness. So it does, so it buries and so we live in eternal oblivion.
What we speak is our modified truth. What we think is our censored reality. What we hope is our dreams short of fantasy. There is no room for fantasy in reality, is there? Hence, we go about our days promising people that this is who we are. This is what we want. This is our truth. No one can fool us, if we fool ourselves first.
What if I tell you your truth is a lie? What if I refuse to settle to society’s ‘program of the day’? What if I tell you that they only truth that exists on this planet is within you. Your mind is there for a reason. Your subconscious remembers for a reason.
We live in a world where we are programmed to think that what society thinks of us is more important than who we actually are. We stand in lines of desperation trying to find a way to justify our individuality. We strive to ultimately be what we can be, according to our modified, censored and fantasy free reality. We say we want to be happy. We say we want the truth. Tell me, is this what you call happiness? Is this what you call the truth?
I refuse to be you. I refuse to give into your ‘reality.’ I refuse your logic. I refuse to be my own worst enemy. My choice of happiness may be different than yours, but I bet you my life’s worth I am closer to being happy than you are. That is why they call me crazy. That is why I am weird, because I choose not logic rather fantasy. I live every day loving the life I will have someday with all its fantasies and with all its fictions. My dreams are colored with useless illusions and unrealistic unrealities. I am not scared of being different. I am not scared of standing out. I am not scared of failure and I do not fear society, for I am society. I dictate who I am. I choose my own reality. Thus, I am my own society.
I will walk my path. I will walk my truth. I will embrace my pain. I will thank my misfortunes. I am who I am today because of my life’s misfortunes and to that I am forever grateful. To fantasies, whims and illusions, to hopes, dreams and utterly disgustingly imaginative fictions, I am forever yours and I am forever your truth.
In case you didn’t already know, Bassem Youssef is the host of ‘El Bernameg’ (‘The program’) that used to air on CBC on Friday night. Bassem Raafat Muhammad Youssef is an Egyptian cardiac surgeon, columnist, comedian and host. In 2013, Time Magazine named him one of the “100 most influential people in the world”.
Bassem Youssef has without a doubt managed to push societal boundaries over and over again with his satirical news reporting and his consistent habit of shocking his viewers. Whether it’s making up names like “sisifore” or using sexual references to depict the political situation in Egypt, his show has succeeded to ignite controversial discourse throughout the country. He stands as the epitome of social reform whether you like it or not. His episodes have left the country torn between the conservatives and reformists. The conservatives question the talent of man that needs to use sex as his material for a satirical news program with good reason. However, the advocates of change or social reform, as I would like to call it, cannot deny that Bassem can push boundaries over the edge, but seem to have no problem with that.
As a viewer, I enjoyed the show. I cannot deny the fact that he has done what no man in this country has managed to do. He has brought laughter and wit to a time where politics made up societies daily discourse. He has managed to voice the frustration and anger of Egyptians who were tired of fascist regimes, media censorship and all in all the life of the human puppet. He gave people hope and helped channel their anger to something a bit more positive. People enjoyed hearing the news that haunted them all week on his show so that they could get to laugh about it.
Yet, I am skeptical of the amount of sexuality on this show. Granted, he does mention in the start of his show this is not a family show. However, my argument is: When you have a man as talented as he is, do you really need to stoop that low? Does he really need to depict Egypt as a woman with low lying self-respect? My argument isn’t that respect to one’s country is above all that goes without saying; it’s just the amount of sexuality in his shows. He doesn’t need all of this to make people laugh. In my opinion, his approach to comedy, though is quite enticing; is a little cheap. Everyone knows that sex sells. I think Bassem should stop trying to sell sex and start trying to sell his talent.