In the recent years in Egypt, there has been a lot of dramatic resentments from the Egyptian millennials to the culture and the society.
The old generations’ always use the argument “they are just immature young adults who don’t really know what the future will bring or know anything about wisdom” – as they claim –
but once you get deep with the young generation and the millennials and talk to them and get to really know them, you start to get a whole different prospective.
Yes it seems that it’s really a battle between 2 generations all over the globe but in Egypt as usual you see it manifested in a society that already favors experience over hard work and old authentic ideas over innovative and different new ideas, and wouldn’t even give it a chance!
so if we look at technology for instance, the majority of the old generation born in the 70s and older, they don’t seem to grasp the ideas of technology as much as their peers of the same age in other countries. and Egyptians could actually recall when the camera phones started here in the middle east and Egypt, they were the first to think that it will be used only in harm! that some families actually used to ban their daughters from buying and using one.
The art community in Egypt is not considered small, yes it’s not available and easy to get outside of Cairo and Alexandria, but you always find people from all over the cities across Egypt, landing in Cairo looking for a chance to do it.
Musicians, Artists, Screen Writers, And even brilliant YouTubers, they are all here and Alive!
It’s not an exaggeration when if you call them warriors, but this society is brilliant in completely disregarding individualism and is also brilliant in Inventing ways to shatter any dreams, for instants, the majority of people go to the university just to have the degree the society really loves, and they mostly go back to pursue what they longed doing.
and because the millennials on the globe are really struggling with a financial crisis, here it’s very obvious to notice, and as is it goes to the whole world, financial independency is pretty hard for the ones who want to do it fully.
and with financial dependency on Parents here in Egypt, Cultural expectations are put as a burden on most of them.
the culture really harasses anything that is different! Dreads, Long hair for men and short for women, even beards and curly hair! anything that is different – outside the frames they put – gets terrorized Daily sometimes even in brutal ways, and whats not very surprising that it mostly comes from that old generation that is Ending the world globally now!
but the warriors here are just fighting everyday, some fight verbal to physical abuse at home and most struggle outside in their day-to-day life. which is really draining at the end of the day, and explains why a lot just give in to the cycle the society shaped for all of us
if we look at the end result, is that most of these people don’t get anywhere, because of a lot of reasons, Egypt financially and emotionally and mentally really kills. and it gets really hard for them to get any appreciation or any credit for what they do when their peers in other countries would get recognition and help to nurture their outstanding talent, a big portion of the millennials stay locale in a society that is already sucked in poverty and ignorance.
Nour Tarek a brilliant new artist that i just saw her last video dancing to techno in a beautifully made video
Menna El-Baz a very smart young Youtuber that shares her opinions with the world
and my favorite Ahmed el- Fadaly that left his Egyptian university in a wild crazy trip around europe to become an entrepreneur
These Examples, These people are intelligent and creative and artistic and critical
Facebook in Egypt is playing a crucial rule as an outlet for Egyptian millennials and if you have a good circle of friends you can get a hint of how artistic and diverse it is here, you will find Rappers Like Mohmoud Tarek and many more that just blow my mind of how innovative the culture that this generation is trying to creat.
I believe that the only hope for this country and around the world will be giving the young generation the chance to own their lives and start choosing their own roads. and as for the Egyptian millennials that are fighting everyday with the culture and the traditions, just keep trying 😉