18 April 2007
On Saviors and Chicken
In a world of no more messengers sent from the sky, in a world where human suffering is in an increase in the most brutal and disturbing ways, in a world where corruption is in drastic escalation, shallower heroes are crowned by the day.
It fascinates me more to realize how most people are becoming more passive nowadays and relying on “heroes” to light their way and to restore their hope in a better future.
Look around you. There is that religious scholar everyone follows blindly. There is that political activist everyone thinks is the bravest of all. There is that bold poet, active feminist author, the patriotic singer, the creative artist, the self-made millionaire, the clever manager, the faithful martyr, the guy with the new Porche, the father, the mother, the sibling, the husband and, rarely, the wife. Not to forget the fictional and historical figures who have been exploited like barren land.
They are all treated like gods, and sometimes even like royalty. They are the ones with that special audience that nods before it hears, and agrees without bothering a single brain cell. They are the ones whose pictures are on at least a gazillion walls, and when they talk “الكل يأكل تبن”.
Some of them don’t even want to be heroes. Yet they are trapped in one place for getting right. Those people are viewed as idols for their success and courage. Those people are used as a torch. Those sacred ones are burdened with the weakness of others. Does their audience realize that?
Their audience is passive. It would rather surrender to its hero, throw all responsibility of decision-making on them and follow blindly than use the nature-given nerve-filled piece of meat between its shoulders and be responsible.
Because it’s easier to do so. By doing that you are declaring yourself not fully responsible for your own set of believes nor your condemned actions. You are saving the hassle of having to think twice about things. You are avoiding dilemmas and increasing your excuses.
And you’re becoming not more than an uneducated narrow-minded submissive nodder. Splendid.