I allowed myself into Montale’s poem “Ossi Di Seppia” literally “Cuttlebone” out of which verses you’ll find the title of this article. In that poem, Mr. Montale explains to the commons the true role of poets saying: “Do not ask us the formula by which worlds will open, indeed if not for some syllable as a dead branch twisted and dry, this only today we can tell you: what we are not and what we want not”. (of course the translation from Italian loses in terms of rhythm and rhyme).
Now.. Back to us.. Naturally, we do not want to see anymore - in any governing body, public or private school and university or institutional office – neither (a) the thieves from the socio-political Right whom for decades have accumulated fortunes looting public properties and national wealth; nor (b) their accomplices from the pseudo-Left, pseudo-Centre or pseudo-Religious roots; all of whom have mastered the art of surviving ages of tyranny holding on to their privileges and turning the other side faking of not seeing the endless défilé of blunt and arrogant criminal acts committed against the people and against the Nation’s vital interests.
All of them were traitors (in my book).. They have willingly and consciously made their Faustian choice to betray the people by deliberately denying the commonly known Constitutional Principles.. The principles set by serious and wise patriotic constituents in France, Italy, United Kingdom and Switzerland; those who taught the world, and inspired our Egyptian patriotic fathers in the early years of the 20th century, on how to ensure and sustain “Legality, Democracy and Social Justice”.
As we are the heirs of a multi-cultural fusion that have coined our solid collective conscious (the fusion of the accumulated human experience and knowledge passed on from the Ancient Egyptians, from the Greeks, from the Romans and from the Arabs), you will discover that even our most primitive and coarse characters may project shrewd and cunning behaviour, yet never it showed any sign of collective corrupt behaviour.. Nevertheless the Egyptians - of every social, ethnic and cultural clan – have never produced a mass majority of “Corruption Worshipers, Popularisers and Practisers” for throughout history such category never exceeded the 2.5% with regard to the entire nation’s census (ever since the early foreign invasions, and I fear till now, it has been represented mostly in the governing élite, their closed circle of beneficiaries and a good portion of the state’s bureaucratic machine).
We are not a corrupt/corruptible population.. We only have, rightfully, lost the trust in our official Republican Institutions - Legislative, Executive, Juristic, Religious, Military, Financial, Economic, and of course the Media - because our bitter past recurrent experiences have shown us how they ALL have colluded one with the other in making every effort to alienate, and even exclude, us from any sort of participation in the decision makings of our destinies by:
Ø tailoring laws,
Ø manipulating the Constitution,
Ø overturning judgements,
Ø capsizing values,
Ø intimidating opponents,
Ø marginalising and excluding women,
Ø censoring free expression so that independent media cannot perform as the only liable informant of impartial truth and objective controller over ‘Right Governance’ and earn its part as the ‘Fourth Authority’,
Ø demolishing education and scientific research,
Ø dividing the population, and
Ø arrogantly oppressing Civil and Human rights; all in the name of “National Security”.
Our actual pseudo-Religious [un]governing bodies must realise, the earlier the better; that it shall take a lot of serious commitments and hard devoted work to earn our trust (so far they are doing exactly the opposite).. The Egyptian people will never again sign on blank cheques.. And if these new ‘democratically elected’ rulers fantasise about tricking us by urging the legislative elections through next April, (by the way not a coincidence falling in time with Coptic Easter Feasts); they cannot even fathom what the consequences could, or would, be!
Mr. Mohamed Hassanein Heikal while being interviewed by Mr. Fahmy Howeidy some two years ago, released the following statement: “Those looking for a role to play within the ‘NEW’ must apply with a proven curriculum bearing their share of previous experiences in active participation and commitment to induce and impose the ‘Change’.. Not to present themselves with their long history of submissive subordination to the ‘Old’ and their continuous failures to defy, or even simply oppose, it”.
Despite my long time disagreement on his role in Egyptian politics throughout the sixties of last century, and conceding him the fact that men can change; I agree with Mr. Heikal! And You?
Pass On The Word.