Morocco World News
Kenitra, Morocco, May 20, 2012
Yes, I wrote it with “S” at the end. It is not a mistake unfortunately. It is a fact. Geographically speaking, we live within the same country, but in it, there are many types of Morocco; each one of us lives his own Morocco. Yes, you are intelligent enough to understand my allusion. I am talking about the social class differences that exist in the Kingdom of Morocco. Some people may think that this situation is positive for the society, and it creates social variety in the country, but things unluckily are not that simple. The problem is that there is fearsome alienation between these social classes.
I deem there to be a huge disparity of ways of thinking, ways of living, interests, etc. The well-to-do think that they are the elite, and the leaders of the nation. They are usually high-ranking public civil servants, ministers, or people who have an outstanding rank in the government. They are considered as despotic and imperious individuals.
At the other end of the spectrum, there is another class, which is the dominant one statistically, but it is weak. It does not provide leaders. It gives only criminals, unemployed, and ignorant people. They cannot govern themselves. It is the Morocco where delinquency is the hero. Poverty turns people into wild beasts. They can easily commit a crime over a simple 5 drhs (MAD). Girls throw their bodies and dignity in the dustbin of prostitution to earn 100 MAD.
I gave up reading newspapers because my brain is fraught enough with this stereotypical information that is already in our unconsciousness as Moroccans, save if we are living in the Utopian world that Thomas Moore created in his mind. However, this seclusion provokes envy, abhorrence and warfare within the same country. Seemingly, there is a lack of communication and adjacency between these Moroccos.
All depictions that I mentioned above are very relative so long as it is presented this way by media. The majority of Moroccans rely on TV and newspapers to form their judgments in lieu of using their gray matter, and making intellectual efforts. However, in the lower classes there are good people, well-educated ones and intellectuals, who are able to take part in the development of the country, and within the upper-class there are good individuals who are nice and amiable. They would like to be helpful, but they are always rejected because of misunderstandings.
My ultimate message is that we need to become more integrated as a society in order to have the real union that Allah (God) and his prophet Muhammad PBUH want us to have as Muslims.I am sure we can find an effective solution jointly, a solution that will lead us to the welfare of Moroccans and development. Revolutions and conflicts will not bring social justice. Unfortunately, revolutions do not usually succeed. I think we should benefit from the others’ experiences.
Let’s take the example of some Arab countries such as Tunisia, Egypt, that are esteemed leading countries of popular uprisings. Actually these countries are currently undergoing serious wrestling among religious sects about leadership and governance, mainly between Islamists and seculars. Who is going to win? No one knows! Yet in Morocco, people are 99.98 % Sunni Muslim, but they can’t find stability.
I always ask myself the following questions, “Should I have a revolutionary spirit to make change in this country? Or just being a clearheaded, competent person enough? Do I have to wear a Che Guevara T-shirt and insult the system and its capitalist ideology to fight against corruption and nepotism?”
All in all, we need a wise solution to have one Morocco instead of imitating the current divisions among other countries. Revolutions do not always work, particularly in the case of our kingdom.
Edited by Benjamin Villanti
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