Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mind The Crap


When you raise cats, you become psychologically prepared to deal with all sorts of surprises. From waking up with that big warm chunk of fur spread on your face to coming upon wet coughed-up hair balls on your favorite spot on the couch (hopefully before you sit on it) to finding crap in your bathtub. Whoever told you that cats are the cleanest creatures there are to have as pets, was only partially and relatively correct.
I'm not sure what it is with most cats I've had and bathtubs. Maybe its their grandiosity of spirit, making them believe their litter box is way beneath them and unworthy of their royal usage. Maybe the cats of this generation much prefer the feeling of bathtub floors to kitty litter sand. Whatever it is, it's making my shower-taking process a lot more difficult and time consuming.

As I directed the water from the shower head at the traces of my cat's crap in the bathtub for it to dissolve, it appeared that it must've been there for quite some time since it had dried out, had gotten more stubborn and wouldn't just wash away. And it occured to me how similar that smudge of crap was to the morally depraved environment we're dealing with now.

Corruption in Egypt goes back to years upon years before I was even conceived. It got inexorable, insistant, and clinged with all its might to the once smooth, shiny, clean bathtub floor of our country. So much so, that it seemingly became part of the tub's structure itself. Its presence is not strange anymore. It's not a foreign element that intrudes on our society, rather a given, a "natural" state of things.

We had an uprising and overthrew a dictator who ruled the country for thirty years with injustice, tyranny, ignorance and greed. Some of the key players were kicked out of the game - or at least for now -,  a few cards were reshuffled, a few entities renamed and voila! New Egypt.

People had thought that because a number of big shots were caught, the country's going to magically become this utopia that's going to kick all the other countries' collective ass. That was till the stage curtains drew and revealed that what we're dealing with is insanely deeper rooted than that. And it's not in the least bit a surprise, we've known it all along. Corruption's not only confined to business men and the high profile politicians of today. It's about every single person living here. In every household, every street, every shop, every company and every institution, no matter what position or role one has.
WE make this country what it is. WE decide what's important and what isn't on all the different scales of life. How? Because we're the hands that build the bathtub, maintain it and make it what it looks like. Now by "we", I don't mean the few of us who are active on twitter or facebook or the ones who live in a specific part of town.

It's every. single. person. everywhere.

We are one huge bowl of people-salad. Naturally, people who have lived all their lives in different areas of this country aren't going to see eye to eye on a lot matters. Of course even people who live in the same area are going to differ depending on their backgrounds, beliefs, behaviors or which football T-shirt colour is the best. Heck, family members sharing the same living space their whole lives are different! All our differences shouldn't weaken us. On the contrary, it's because we have such a wide variety of people that we're at an advantage. Our differences are strengths if we only let them be.

At the end of the day, we're all in this bathtub together. We're the ones who need it to be in the best form it could be. If we keep squirting flimsy spouts of water all over the place, with no direction or focus, that smudge of crap is not going anywhere.  But if we put our minds to directing all our showerheads over the smudges together, one after the other, they will be no more.  Our quality of life depends on that one, united, powerful jet of water. And it all starts right here, right now. With me, and you.

And showering with our slippers on for the time being.
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