It is not often that a country has a science named after it. In fact there’s only one, and the science is ‘Egyptology’. That is so not only because Egypt’s history stretches far back in time, (others also do,) but because the ancient Egyptians left so much for the world to study, analyze, and learn from.
I am not saying this to brag about my ancestry. To the contrary, I believe that one has no right to be proud of his ancestors unless he also makes them proud of him. Sadly, modern-day Egyptians would not make their ancestors proud. They rank near the bottom of every list of meaningful achievement, be that education, science, art, Industry, health, happiness, you name it.
The only field in which Egyptians now excel is religiosity. They rank first in the Middle East by percentage of professed religious nuts. This dubious distinction is rather like being the craziest guy in the insane asylum, since the region is the world’s epicenter for breeding superstition and obscurantism.
It is tempting to blame the 7th-century Arab conquest for Egypt’s sorry predicament. But reality is more complicated – Egypt as a superpower had been gone on its own over a millennium before the Arabs, but it had remained a sparkling civilization. The Arabs certainly extinguished that aspect of it.
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