By Abdallah Zbir
By Abdallah Zbir
Morocco World News
Chicago, October 4, 2012
The remains of the day is a reflection of time and space, and a magical blend of “Le Lieu” and its lasting memories. I thought of it as a remarkable, strange and moving moment of self-liberation and self-restraint. It is moments of remembrance in which the journey of a man into his past became a study of culture and a study of being.
The remains of the day is a process where revelations of remembrance are revealing an inner questioning of realities and values. What is an absolute value in our readings of occurrences? In this setting, it can be freedom of speech where you can either offend and undervalue a human being or where you can praise and tolerate the differences in the other or, in some scenarios, chose to make of him an obsession. In that setting, it can be human dignity where you learn, since your initial steps into this universe, to glorify and show absolute respect to others and it can be more.
What remains of today is a long-lasting touch of love of an eastern spirit. Many things can be acquired over years of self-training and absorbing of experiences. Inhabiting norms and engaging in the contexts are fundamental to our growth. The corners in our neighborhoods are reflecting shared understanding of life and its essence. Some times, our actions are theatrical and reflect our thirst to satisfaction. However, and once we are withdrawn to our own selves, the dialogues start interfering the inner foundations of ourselves and the realities begin to reveal themselves with a sense of proud. In these moments of submission, the remains of today bring the warm feeling and draw a different line of hope.
What remains of today is a reflection on a choice made by the British once in the past to capitalize the “I” in all of their language use and preferences. This choice was not a merely linguistic initiative. Rather, it was an attempt to influence the British culture and initiate their supremacy. A supremacy, some of us to express it in their use of French language. Is not an instance of illusion? The same consideration can be cited in their historical rivals, the French as their culture has been so sensitive to Le Style Francais in thought and art. The efforts made by the French to promote their style of life and their world-class etiquette can be sensed in every corner of Paris.
What remains of today is a story of butler*, named Stevens, of an impressive touch of professionalism and loyalty that started with an obsession of perfection in serving his master, Lord Darlington, and ended with feeling of loss and regret. This butler, once devoted himself extremely to his lord as it was perceived to be a standard of self-realization, could see in his flashbacks a different image of him reflecting on his mirror. A man falling apart as an autumn leave.
What remains of today is a memory of a father who passed away in the summer of 2000, leaving behind a treasure of wisdom and a tradition of warmth and the story of a mom who still struggles to make of her sons and daughters a story of success. A memory that is still experienced in our lives and shares our horizons.
What remains of today is an Arab Spring, once dominated the sphere with hope, that is now directing us into division, chaos and confusion. Words of confrontation, ethnicity and pragmatism are having stronger presence in our politicians’ agendas and the waves of people once introduced by the Media as spirits of liberation are now merely idols of savagery in the eyes of the west.
*This was inspired by The Remains Of the Day(1989) of Kazuo Ishiguro