I said in a previous comment that what the Algerian leaders, or élite if you wish, should do was to give an ideal to the people, the young ones most especially. An ideal which they (the leaders and the people alike) would believe in and work together to achieve.
Defining such an ideal would push everyone to go forward, to improve and to work in the same direction. This ideal, which mustn’t be utopian, requires the leaders/élite to be genuine and honest. It also requires everyone to be clear on where we stand as individuals, a people and a country. And then of course the people must be given the means to try to achieve that ideal.
Many among the Algerians who comment on Echourouk or on YouTube videos seem to believe that we’re great as a people and a country. Others think we’re the worst people on Earth. Pride, nif, bitterness, and many other factors create and nurture these beliefs. But such misconceptions, disconnected from reality, are not doing us any good as they prevent us from moving/evolving. In one of his speeches, Malek Bennabi talked about how we, as Muslims, believe Islam is great; but he warned those Muslims who extrapolate from “Islam is great” to reach “we (Muslims) are great“. A false statement obviously… The same applies to those thinking we’re useless.
So yes, we possess the power. But can we bring it up?
While I can imagine relatively easily how an élite could convince the people of the ideal and make them achieve it, I admit I fail to see how believing in our today’s élite and leadership could make them better. I am afraid idealizing the human in them won’t do. They are ideliazing themselves already; does Bouteflika not think he’s the only man fit to lead the country? They are corrupt and they couldn’t care less about the people. And far from trying to get the best from the people, they are turning them into infants unable to think/live by themselves. Viktor Frankl died in 1997; I wonder what he would have said on this.
Below is an excerpt from the text written by Goethe and which was mentioned in the above video.
I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make a life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture, or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de–escalated, and a person humanized or dehumanized.
If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.