Nobody Cares!

By Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Thu 16 March / Mar 2017. 01:00 AM
  • Mohammad Aburumman

It amounts to nothing in the eyes of our officials; this lost generation, their confusion, atop all the social tragedies resulting from the spread of drug abuse and extremism among our youth, with the courts sunk in piles upon piles of these cases… it all amounts to nothing, or so it seems!

Honestly, nobody cares; none of them do. The few —if any— who do care among our officials, have not the desire nor will to make a real difference!

Why? Because they, themselves, haven’t the slightest clue what it means to be a state official, nor the weight of the responsibility that comes with it, let alone their real duty to help shape and better society, instead of just executing and following directives!

They see themselves more as employees with tasks to finish, rather than decision makers, and rarely ever bear the initiative to do anything about anything on their own. They are unimaginative and have no dreams, whatsoever.

They have no idea why Wasfi Tal is so important and why Jordanians are obsessed with him. They were never introduced to Abdul Hamid Sharaf’s project, and know not the first thing about governance and politics.

Our officials have no clue how Jordan weathered the storms to safety through the trials of modern history.

Notably, the sort of officials and ministers we have today are incapable of making a difference.

In fact, they are part of the problem itself, and partially factored the culmination of our predicaments. They too are as frustrated and confused as our youth of whom we spoke yesterday!

In truth, the lost generation of youth is the direct product of the political situation. Not in any way has this problem crystallised outside of the general discourse.

The disintegration of political life in Jordan and the drainage of creative, achieving, leaders is bound to drain society of its promise, much like it has drained the elite.

The focus on the creation of mere technocratic expertise, devoid of political aspirations, is only naturally going to give rise to this frustrated, periled generation of youth, disaffected too.

The exclusion of respective social components from the decision making mechanism is only one aspect in which the above only complicates the situation. The Ministry of Youth, for example, which is supposed to be foremost invested in youth, is all together absent. The Minister of Youth, who should be engaged and leading our youth, is still nowhere to be seen!

On the other end of the spectrum of lost, confused youth there is the disaffected, completely detached lot of the generation, no less dangerous, whose dream and reality is either migration or self-imposed seclusion.

In many instances, those youth fair financially better than many of their peers, and may even be good business people, but they’re in a sense completely secluded from their reality. Ask them who the premier is! Ask them to give you the name of a minister! Or ask them the date of the Karama Battle, for example, when the Arabisation of Jordan’s Army took place, or any other evident national question; they wouldn’t know the answer.

By the way, our officials are not bothered by this shallowness and alienation.

Interestingly, a percentage of the sons and daughters of current and former officials, many of them with an advantageous career or education, belong to this segment of disaffected youth; clueless even to the simple geography of Jordan, let alone everything else!

Not to paint the whole thing black, because there is hope, this is a problem.

As far as hope goes though, there is a whole generation of engaged, inspiring youth. Many of them work, study, launch initiatives, and participate in the voluntary sector, and they are interested in the public and political affair.

Likewise, there are those who participate in book clubs, others in charity, whilst a promising amount of them takes part in political and cultural activities.

The problem here though is that the state is either against their naturally reformist tendencies or unable to address and attract this particularly promising percentage of our youth, to help them carve their way.

This inability to formulate a unifying national, thorough prospective vision and rhetoric, is the main handicap. Even when the government decides to place strategic plans for the future, they often resort to foreign expertise!

For now, enough said. Hope remains despite all, in our youth and in that this echoes where it should.

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.