By Mohamed Reda El Abidi
By Mohamed Reda El Abidi
Morocco World News
Valenciennes, France, June 6, 2012
Moroccan culture has forced us to make the “guest room” the best one in our home, despite the fact that we don’t use it until a guest comes. Children would be punished if they tried to play, or even sit there… It’s like a holy space.
The reader of those sentences would say that it’s the Moroccan tradition and we should accept it anyway. He’s not wrong. But this tradition was reflected on our whole state’s politics. All our economy is based on making other people feeling comfortable in Morocco. We’re finding most of our big projects in a tourist context, with our main financial source, and that is a “khodra fou9 t3am” (something unnecessary) for countries that know how to manage themselves.
The other projects are made to beautify the image of our lovely country for the others: planting a tramway, building marinas and fountains, sending medicines and medical help to disaster areas all over the world, although our health sector is too old and primitive.
In fact, tourism and beauty must be the result of a great development in economy, industry, politics and social conditions. In a time when countries compete for new innovative technological agriculture, new ways to organize their social system and new safe produce, we are still confused about whether we should buy a TGV or invest its money in human development.
Whether we have to buy new devices for our hospitals, or just give “RAMID” cards to poor people, buying is the only solution that our governments have been relying on. We buy devices, ideas, products, even our agriculture is based on buying seeds from the West, and we sell holidays and beauty. We depend on the others, and that makes us drown day after day in regression.
Our human development as they said, must start with bases. We don’t need programs for 5 or 6 years. We need a global project that would make its results in 50 years starting with education, research and development. Also there should be a radical political reform, which would give the industry more freedom to benefit from research, and which wouldn’t let our children dream about going abroad; an innovative industry which tries to compete against the biggest ones in the world. Only then we can think about inviting people to come visit the real beauty of our lovely country, the beauty of a developed land, where every citizen is happy.
When would our lovely country stop this cute altruism that pushes it to sacrifice its citizens for other people?