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Complexity reforms the borders of our logic. It’s what we’ve lost ourselves to. Too messy it became, persistent it remains. And we hide behind that wreck we created. Safely, sheltered and unexposed.

I don’t.

I share, sometimes share too much. I bring down these barriers of complexity as I speak, as I bring my feelings to life. In words, in songs, in paintings… Regardless, as long as they are clearly laid out. They’re pretty complex and entangled on their own, but unleashing them does lessen the confusion.

And I take the harder way to peek into who and what people really are. I am not interested in the faces they stick up to the world, I’m rather thrilled by what they are on the inside. By the complexity they seal yet with another thicker layer of complexity.

Because… I’d love you; first for your flaws before anything else. I dig into what’s rather more tangible about you to find acceptance. That’s how I manage to find the good in everybody, that’s how I’m never out of excuses to present for yourself before you even do, and when you fail to.

Because, I like to keep my world in harmony with everybody’s… With yours.
Because there’s so much goodness in you.

Naive? Too nice to the extend of stupidity? I don’t care as long as I know I’m not, as long as I can find goodness in people…

I can see through your complexity. Deep into something not so solid but rather pure and unstained. Reserved and preserved.

Behind your complexity.

It’s been two consecutive days now, and I can’t stop listening to them; one of my all time favorite Progressive Metal bands! Okay, let’s get this straight Porcupine Tree, Opeth and Dream Theater have got a special place reserved in both my heart and library, if not contribute to around 70% of my playlist.

But THIS, Circus Maximus, is fucking amazing! Exactly what I needed to listen to…
My mind is stuck on replay.

I assumed that you knew the reason why
And you know that there should be someone there to hold you in my arms tonight
Maybe you will know the reason why
But for now you’ll move on alone, I belive in you…
Yeah, I believe in you!

It’s got to be…
It’s got to be forever
Thought I had nothing to lose…

I so badly want one !

This is quite inspiring, but what I really want to know is, how did Kristian Ulrich Larsen come up with the idea of this? The “creative” scrolling, the light painting, the navigation, everything! It’s gotta be something REALLY inspiring that brought up something THAT creative, rightyyy?

Really interesting and definitely super genuine!

More into it?

It’s abstract, yet real. No, Genuine! It’s somewhere between the complexity of simplicity… Confusing? Thought so.. But again, who cares, when it comes to photography there are no conventions to stick to, it’s all about what you can spot when everyone else overlooks… It’s deep, it’s precise, it’s [Spot] !

I’ve always believed in photography, not a professional photographer myself, but believed that we all deserve to keep our memories intact in a visual proof that lays before us, that every time we look at, we can see beyond the physical existence, into something deeper… something true… something that’s sacred to no one but you, and I think [Spot] has got it all, from the humor of randomness and weirdness of a spontaneous life to the innocence and beauty of each and every inch of the world around us!

I salute you guys! These are some perfect shots I should say! Keep it going, keep it real, keep it [Spot].

Don’t forget to go through their albums on Facebook. As for me, I’ll be expecting more 😉

The German University in Cairo invited Dr. Amr Hamzawy to give a lecture entitled “Next Steps In Egypt Transition after the Referendum”, presented by AYB (Alashanek Ya Balady) – one of the university’s Student associations. Before I go into the event details in particular, here are some brief points regarding Dr. Amr Hamzawy’s biography:

  • Amr Hamzawy is research director and senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. His research interests include the changing dynamics of political participation in the Arab world and the role of Islamist movements in Arab politics.
  • He is co-author, with Nathan J. Brown, of Between Religion and Politics, published in 2010, and the author of The Arab Future–Contemporary Debates on Democracy, Political Islam, and Resistance, published in 2010 (in Arabic).
  • Hamzawy serves on the Middle East Advisory Council of Human Rights Watch, and the boards of Crisis International and the Arab Council for Social Science. He regularly contributes articles in Arabic and English to various academic journals and writes a bi-monthly op-ed for the leading Arab daily al-Hayat.

2 45 pm: Students queued in front of the gates leading to the C1 building where the lecture was to be given. ID numbers were checked as the students who previously registered online to attend the event were allowed in. Brochures were distributed amongst students with brief points regarding what was going to take place throughout as they were being seated. We were also handed note cards to write down whatever questions we wanted to ask Dr. Hamzawy.

A while later, we were presented a short video as Dr. Hamzawy was present amongst us. Then, up the stage he was, giving us a lecture which I personally found to be precise, concise and definitely interesting!  Following the introductory chit-chat, Dr. Hamzawy started his talk through how we people compare the situation before and after the 25th on January and how we base our demands upon that in order to start up a democratic Egypt.

And in the process of achieving that, there are several points which needed to be tackled in order to maintain such a drastic transition. These points, were mainly the following:

  1. Setting up and most importantly, following a set of  Laws. Standard laws and penalties that need to be laid down and applied throughout which would definitely ensure a peaceful, fair rule.
  2. Attaining a balanced political life with no specific political party taking control and ruling over. This should be promoted through the checking and balancing between political authorities and control.  “the “Nazi” party was an example he presented.

“The referendum was indeed the first technical democratic practice for many” He added.

Needless to mention, he also referred to how important it is that people should be involved  and interested in the political life and without doing so, Egypt would slip back into what it was before the revolution.

3. Fair elections is a must, and that was to take place through 2 steps:

(I) Racism and discrimination  towards gender, religion and religious backgrounds should be avoided!  Certain parties promote such differences and that should not take place. Instead, mutual respect between Egyptians is the way for a better Egypt.

(II) A civic status should be maintained. Elections should not be a war between religious point of views. It should rather be a peaceful race of opinions which cannot be over-ruled by religious rights and wrongs and definitely not by the hierarchal military power, but by an elected party.   Dr. Hamzawy then clarified a point that that does not mean religion should be totally left out, but it could be the inspiration to the demanded standards. He followed his statement with several examples of how many different democratic parties follow such an aspect.

4. Democratic practice is not just a one time thing and there must be questioning and judgement from authorities. The parliament and the coming president should ensure clear operations to be followed and should not be given the chance to use the democratic rule against what it should be. “One man- one time- one vote”

Following a “Democratic Egypt”, comes the public involvement in re-building Egypt. All over the world, he mentioned, democracy was proven to give the best political parties that gave quality and righteousness amongst its people and that it’s now time for each and every individual to know their roles.  Through the example of Universities, he highlighted how what was going on might have had an effect in directing our minds towards nothing but politics and away from other essential points. Universities aim to bring us to becoming educated  “critical thinkers” and it’s not acceptable for politics to take over the educational process.

In brief, there are several more equally important  points and issues that need to be tackled other than just politics.

“There are almost 17 to 18 million citizens, almost more than 25% of the society who are illiterate!” he quoted.

Additionally, He referred to how essential it is to build a civic society that can actually make use of democracy through general discussions that does not only involve politics and the “constitution” but rather shifts out minds to more productive projects that are currently being set up and that we, as individuals, should read more into.

Lastly, as he was closing his very fruitful talk, Dr. Hamzawy referred to how those of us who were fortunate enough and were brought up in a more fortunate environment should pay particular attention to the linguistic terms they use that could differentiate between individuals of different standards.

” You don’t need to go anywhere under the heading of Awareness campaigns. All you need to do is open up discussions with those people, hear them… And direct the media to let their voices be heard as they speak up!”

That was the end of a very beneficial liberal talk. It was now time for open-discussions where students had the chance to ask him questions and had him clarify their doubts on many several aspects of the current situation.

 

 

 

 

It’s over. The 30-year reign of Mubarak is over. The will of the thousands of pharaohs down the streets of Egypt has made a dream come true. An era with no Mubarak has begun!! An era of dignity and pride, an era of truth, humanity,  equality and success driven by the power of unity and peace!!

There’s no more a silly mythical regime to haunt us down. No more bribes, no more corruption. We’re now in charge of our country, and we’ve taken an oath to build it all over again, to make it better; the one and only way it should be!

I love every inch of this country. I’ve always loved it, and I always will!

I’ve realized my political background was nill. I realized that I was stupid enough not to know. But this, has made it crystal clear. Who’s behind all that corruption is no longer a question with no answer, for the 25th of January has erupted all answers.

At some point, I was confused. By the time the revolution has reached it’s peak, by the time I saw my people exploited, if not tormented to death, mixed feelings had torn me apart, shattering me into pieces, not knowing what should I be doing, on which side should I possible stand!

you guys know what is really pissing me off? is that all comments make sense, to the extend I no longer know what to believe, expect and which side I should b on.

Mubarak sucks, we all know that. If not, then it’s the government he assigned that has got him, us and the whole country, down the drain. But is it getting any better now with all the chaos and the panic? Will it get any better after he leaves? If he leaves, who’s next? and what if we don’t like the next dude? go for another revolution?
and during the transition period before the elections with no president, doesn’t that give rise to whatever assholes with agendas to seek power??
Again, who knows, there could probably be no Agenda in the first place, but again we can’t deny otherwise!

What was before 25th Jan, involved inhumanity and injustice, and wot’s after the 25th, what is basically going on is horribly insecure and absurd.
Yes I am confused, and weirdly objective! I can’t find a side worth supporting. I, like everyone else, want what’s best for this country, but I can’t see where that “best” is…

And the moment I heard the Vice president, Omar Solaiman, declare Mubarak’s resignation, I felt weirdly ecstatic! I was happy life would soon b back to normal, if not better! I was happy seeing my people cheer up. Egypt was literally partying!!

I realized, fear of the unknown was what was holding me back. But by the time there was no Mubarak, by the time the unknown was slowly unveiling itself, I’ve come to understand that the revolution has actually literally freed us! Freedom is no longer a myth! Egypt is now heading towards having a proper peaceful civilian and political  life!!

They were right from the very beginning:

HE HAD TO GO!

HIS GOVERNMENT,  POLITICAL PARTY and all dirty twisted means and corruptive methods HAD TO GO!!

I’ve realized, I owe my life thanking those who started the 25th revolution, and similarly, I owe a sincere sorry for every pico-second I’ve possible wasted on doubtful concerns and insecurity. RIP, those who’ve lost their lives freeing our souls, may their souls rest in peace. They’re all alive in our weeping, thankful hearts!!

We’ve got our country back. We’re now in charge for leading a better Egypt. We’re all together in this, and this country bounds us together. No more conspiracy theory!

The Nile runs in my veins ❤

And if I hadn’t made it clear up till now;

بحبك يا بلادى
I love you, my country
Je t’aime, mon pays
Ich liebe dich, mein Land
Ti amo, il mio paese
Te amo, mi país
Eu te amo, meu país
Я люблю тебя, моя страна
Ben, ülkem seni seviyorum
Σ ‘αγαπώ, η χώρα μου
我爱你,我的国家

And that’s where I stop for  doing some romantic reading- Where the Heart Leads. Seriously, Stephanie Laurens takes me to another world! It’s not only the romance she writes, but the way she describes it. It definitely takes over all your senses. The way her chosen words flow creates a perfectly enthusiastic and emotionally complex visualization gradually building up a sequential plot that you dive into.

To me, romance is something sacred, not anyone can get his hands and actually express the complexity of what our hearts feel so easily…So truly. So precisely and peculiarly. Yes, precision is essential when it comes to emotions. And Stephanie Laurence has definitely go them all. So vividly, lively and accurately!

Her writings offered me pleasure. It’s probably because she speaks our hearts out. And that standard typical conflict between Logic and passion that always persists, she expressed it so beautifully, so acutely!

I’m halfway through the novel, and so far, I’ve enjoyed the story I’ve carefully constructed under the direction of her narration. Soon enough, that world in my mind started buzzing with characters that I keep shifting from one setting to the other.

What actually made me buy the book was its title, because that’s what I tend to do actually, let my heart guide me. Sometimes, under the supervision of my logic. Yeah, that day I felt something… Something that made me want to read more into it… So here I am 😀 Reading, enjoying, and relating to a relevant world. 😀