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Flatterers and yes-men are doing Egypt a disservice.

Close observation of the Egyptian media gives the impression that Egypt is a nation constituted mainly of hypocrites and sycophants. That this segment of society often occupies most mid and upper-level government positions, and that they dominate the Egyptian media, appears to endorse the argument that hypocrites and sycophants are the true natives of our nation - whereas all the other "authentic citizens" are newcomers. Are these personality traits a fundamental part of Egyptian culture, or is the state exerting a great deal of effort to spread and empower them? President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has a genuine and ambitious goal - to modernize and stabilize the Egyptian state. The question is, who is best able to realize this immense advancement in the service of our country? Is it the hypocrites and sycophants currently in positions of power, or citizens with actual substance and genuine perspective? Are individuals who are so determined to support the state that they propound arguments they don't believe in capable of modernizing our country? For Egypt to progress, the government must first establish a solid, scientific and innovative platform upon which it can eventually inaugurate polices and expand investments. Inundating the platform with hypocrites and sycophants is not only weakening our foundation; it also gives the false impression that we are progressing, when in reality our manifesto is too fragile. Instead of moving the country forward, it is undermining all the government's efforts. Egyptians are often surprised that we lose many rightful and legitimate battles, but we never pause to consider that this failure may be due to our own internal deficiency - the fact that hypocrites and sycophants are in charge of operating our mind's engine. This segment of society attempts to exhilarate and inspire us by demonstrating that the government engine is running louder than ever, disregarding the fact that it is an obsolete machine; its loud clatter is the result of its dysfunctionality, which tends to pollute our political environment with noise and dust, while hardly producing any actual outputs.

President El-Sisi has a genuine and ambitious goal to modernize and stabilize the state, but there are too many sycophants in key positions.

Mohammed Nosseir

Egyptian hypocrites and sycophants are adept at occupying key positions and competing with one another to voice insincere, fabricated narratives. As a result, challenges that may have been containable at the outset expand and escalate, becoming more complicated because of their hypocritical input. Additionally, this segment of Egyptians has been discredited; the more they express their opinions, the worse things become. Many of our regional political conflicts could have been settled easily before their interference, which only serves to fuel up issues - and eventually hurt our position. Some argue that Egyptians are not good at teamwork and therefore need a solo-leader supported by hypocrites and sycophants. Whether we like it or not, these well-placed deceitful citizens eventually influence and shape Egyptian society; people come to believe that, as "celebrities," they are a model to be emulated. Not only are they bluffing society by misguiding citizens on a number of critical issues, but their media noise prevents us from devising better solutions to our challenges. Others claim that qualified executives are governing Egypt; they are the ones who are truly in power, while the hypocrites and sycophants only play the role of reinforcers. Meanwhile, Egyptians with genuine perspectives and good substance tend to shy away to avoid harassment by these ignorant but influential citizens. Furthermore, the phenomenon of unqualified citizens leading and dominating the nation discourages many Egyptians from advancing their knowledge. Egyptian hypocrites and sycophants often claim that they are carrying out their superiors' instructions. Nevertheless, when these minions dominate the entire working field, there can be no valuable outcomes. Egypt certainly has highly qualified citizens who could more usefully occupy many key state positions. If the Egyptian state truly wants our nation to progress, it needs to enable them to govern - and make sure to distance all phony flatterers. * Mohammed Nosseir, a liberal politician from Egypt, is a strong advocate of political participation and economic freedom. Twitter: @MohammedNosseir

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Publication:Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Date:Nov 10, 2017
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