As time passes, Egyptian youth, along with other generations, started to get overly agitated and frustrated - and rightfully so - with the country. However, when does it become too much and when does it become less "acceptable" to be frustrated with the country's continuous instability, economical weakness, along with all the other societal issues?
Egypt's economical situation has been disastrous ever since the Mubrak era. With prices sky rocketing, incredibly low wages, and with 22 million people living below the poverty line, it is no wonder that feelings of frustration, anger, and resentment toward people in charge will grow. However, hating and dismissing the entire country as result of a few bad apples will not resolve the issue.
To resolve an issue, people need to get back to the root of it all, which was how the Egyptian revolution was born.
Recently, talking to my fellow countrymen, I realized that most young Egyptians, including myself, feel that the revolution did not fail but instead, we feel like we have failed to achieve what we wanted. One thing that is certain is that we have learned to speak and to voice our opinions. We, the people, have learned that our demands must be met in order to live in a civil society, free of oppression, submission and corruption.
Inspired by the Lebanese people due to their stance on corruption lately, many Egyptians are cheering them on while encouraging themselves and others to do the same. People are starting to feel that all governmental figures owe them the right to live in a better economy. An economy that would not require people working 2 to 3 jobs to make ends meet.
Better healthcare is also required. For instance, people cannot fear doctors because for the most part, they are inadequate. A recent and personal example of doctors' and nurses' incompetence was when I had a health scare on Thursday. It took the nurse 45 minutes to hook a basic IV and the doctor misdiagnosed me. I had a simple stomach bug and he somehow figured I had ulcers (with no actual tests done). Despite how incredibly annoying the situation was, I was one of the lucky ones because there are many cases of people dying in Egyptian hospitals because of negligence and lack of training.
The educational system is also in dire need of a change. Children who come from poor families or lower middle class families receive horrible or little-to-no education whatsoever. These children are the future of our country. However authorities seem to neglect that fact.
Quality education cannot be only accessible to people who can afford it because not everyone can pay thousands of dollars to educate their children.
There are many more issues that the country is facing.
Nevertheless and with all the issues at hand and with how horrible things can be in Egypt, no other country begins to compare with Egypt's historic landmarks, its history, its Sinai Peninsula, or some of its people who face hardships. There are people who literally who have no way of knowing how they'll provide food for their families the next day but still manage to share what little they have. There are people who have nothing to offer but an idea on how to better the lives of other Egyptians and there are people who just try to make your day better with a smile.
As a person that was born and raised abroad, I never thought I'd want to live in Egypt. Actually, a part of me still wants to call it quits and make a life elsewhere for myself and my family. That being said, I know I'll always come back for at least a visit. Some may find that curious but the reason for that is because even though Egypt had nothing to offer except intolerance, lack of understanding, inequality and lack of freedom, why not come back and try to do some good?
If I am fortunate enough to leave and be a successful person in another country, why wouldn't I, at the very least, attempt to make it better for the less fortunate here?
If our government is incapable of providing a good life for its people, then I truly believe that the responsibility falls on the shoulders of the 68 million Egyptians who can all do one thing to better the lives of many.