Being here seems like Deja Vu, was I there too?
Not necessarily just the physics behind Heisenberg’s principle of uncertainty, but a greater analogy to a greater metaphor, to an infinitely expanding series of thought on being part of this very generation.
Being someone who grew up in the Middle East/North Africa, I find it hard to believe that this generation will not suffer from some sort of multiple-personality disorder for there are too many polar identities that we are made to stretch across because we can’t lose either.
First, is the indefinite struggle between western and eastern culture. While being born in this particular geographic region is seen as some form of perk or whatever, it happens to strike with a curse too. At a time where most transferred knowledge is definitely not written by our scholars, and thus not in our language, it seems to be that international education didn’t only make us more developed beings that can be productive to an infectiously ignorant culture and a more perpetually stagnant economic state. But it didn’t just make us better citizens, it killed our culture in the process and being dressed in our original oriental culture only happened in “spirit weeks” and just “for fun.” Our actual uniform was jeans and whatever western culture infected us with. Not to say that their culture should be introduced into this seriously negatively-connotating manner but rather that while it wasn’t negative, it simply wasn’t ours, yet we remained persistent on inheriting every single part of it while gladly sacrificing our origins, culture, traditions, and well anything that could partially define us and make us distinct.
The second struggle, well the most infamous, and this isn’t region-oriented, not at all, in fact, most likely to be a universal struggle. While we were flipping across the pages of science, we happened to be kicking away our nagging belief-systems, whichever, they may be. Atheism became widespread, religion was taboo, and faith was “non-existent.” Because religion was an approach of “I believe,” and science walked its paths in “I know,” the gaps in between made all possible compliance to religion unrealistic, and simply not pragmatic for every-day existence. Needless to say, while it is still a correlation, its causation theories are shedding some real light, conservatism died, or was simply for the ignorant.
The third struggle and the most real was the old cliche “mind vs. heart.” Rationality (shielded by the recently ever so dominant science) had emotion, under its control. Apparently if you feel that something is wrong you’re probably just not “thinking straight.” And if you just accidentally liked someone you reminded yourself that the world is relapsing in an indefinite cycle of doom and there is no actual future for whatever emotions. The only emotion that was allowed an entrance to the not even ajar barrier of your brain was rage. And the exiled sensation of euphoria was merely idiotic, for it wouldn’t last for too long. Even the mere tingling of pity and sympathy were symptoms of weakness.
In this world, at this time, it is needless to say that being a part of any aforementioned struggle always dictates a definitive answer, being on either side but simply not both. But, it might just be the only way to be, is to be both at the same time. Learn just one thing from your physics section on electrons. Be at both sides, at the same instant.