The spelling is wrong, another illustration of our trilingual illiteracy, but the question remains valid. “Where is our future?” it says. I took the below picture in Bejaia, and next to that wall were sitting five or six young men, in their twenties. They played with their mobile phones and commented on the girls who passed by.
If they’re not the authors of the question, they do not have the answer. I wonder if they’re looking for one. I started this post many weeks ago but I didn’t know what to say, I mean something that wouldn’t have been said many times elsewhere. The problems are known to all of us, their causes too. Some of the solutions are also known but nobody seems to want to implement them. Is it because they are too complex? Or too expensive? Or is it just that these young men are the Small Cells I mentioned here, and the Big Cells do not care?
As often, the blame cannot be put on the government alone. A big share certainly falls on the Algerian rulers, but the people themselves, including these young men and their parents, their teachers and their neighbours, are all responsible. Even the West is responsible…
But saying so doesn’t move us an inch towards a solution.
Algeria is an emerging country… I actually question this classification. We have a growth rate similar to that of Old Europe and I don’t see what makes us an emerging country, besides our consumerism and the few things we have thanks to oil revenues. I restart then.
Algeria is a young country lacking much of the necessary infrastructure, lacking a structure. There are so many things to do to build it. This should be a project, a challenging, an exciting and an interesting one. A project that should motivate all of us, because it’s one to improve our lives and make us feel proud of ourselves (you know our nif). A project that would give a meaning to our lives. A project that would build our individual and collective future.
I feel I’ve repeated this so many times in this blog. I believe there is no alternative. It is of course possible for each of us to work hard, to raise our children in the best possible ways, to be honest citizens, etc. And many do that. But these people are a minority and are isolated. Their effort is often cancelled by the absence of effort from other people, the majority.
Most of our people today think of their personal interests; they do not care about what happens to their houma, their city or their country. Even those who want to do something are deterred. I don’t know about you but I have heard so many times people say to those who work hard to improve things, “why are you working hard, you’re not going to build/fix the country!” And many of those who do nothing, when they do not misbehave, say, “they didn’t wait for me to break the country, it’s broken already”.
My idea of a national project means it cannot be carried by a few individuals. It also means a leadership is needed. We obviously lack this.
Looking at what is proposed today, I quickly dismiss all the political parties as they have no projects. They do not even try to fake one. 1, 2, 3 viva l’Algerie and “Islam is the solution” are not projects.
Then I looked at Fodil Boumala’s 2nd republic but I see nothing concrete coming out of it. He’s active online getting more and more fans on his page (this may actually be his project) and he travels around the country to give conferences but he concentrates too much on politics and I am allergic to projects carried by one individual.
Benbitour, whom I mentioned here, is interesting but his project seems to revolve around economics and I believe this is not our major issue. And like Boumala, it seems like he’s the only one able to implement his project. I heard he said he would be a candidate for the next presidential elections. Needless to say this is going to be a failure.
Nabni is something different. The first difference is that you find a group behind it, and their project tackles many aspects going from economics to education and governance. The problem with this think-tank (because this is what it is in my opinion) is that it has little influence today. It suggested 100 items to work on in 2011 and as far as I know none has been considered by the government, I guess even the useless political parties didn’t look at their report. And last week, they made another report for the 2012 to 2020 period, but I haven’t seen any feedback on the 100 items… So it’s like they are suggesting things and moving on without checking the effect (non-effect) of their previous proposals. Also, I hope they do not have a hidden objective like we’ve seen with so many Algerian groups…
So are we doomed like algerianna says sometimes? I prefer to be positive and say no, but I am giving no solution and my national project concept cannot be implemented today with all the parasites running/ruining the country …
We are doomed.