The existentiality of deexistence ; On being a hologram.

According to ; Spanish citizens held the first hologram protest in history in order to protest without violating the new draconian guidelines of the National Security Act, the new amendments to the Penal Code and the Anti-terror law that could be considered as a lighter version of the Egyptian protest/assembly law which is the reason for countless arrests of Egyptian activists as well as citizens who just happened to be passing near a protest and were randomly caught, tried and are currently serving prison time.*

Watch video here; First Hologram Protest in History Held Against Spain’s Gag Law

As I went through this piece of news, I couldn’t help but think if the awkwardness and mixed feelings I had are the same as what my mother felt during 2011 about having facebook posts instead of printed flyers and tweets instead of coded letters, if this is a step forward or a step backwards in global fight against authoritarianism and totalitarianism, I logged into The hologram for freedom website and this page came up

become a hologram

Asking me if I want to be a hologram so I can protest around the world without the fear of getting arrested, injured or killed. I couldn’t decide if this is what I really want and I kept starring at the screen in front of me with memories of the past four years coming to mind, the faces of those we lost, those we miss and those who have given up their lives for us to be able to say “NO” on the streets, I remembered my first protest and how my voice was collected from every cell in me to get out of my throat and claim my existence, my presence.

I don’t know if turning into a hologram would give me this rush but I know for sure, that it has been extremely difficult and dangerous to go on the streets again, not just in Egypt but in many other places around the globe. I have been saying that this is the time for theories to be written not followed, so may be this is the future, may be it is a good thing to show those dictators that we still have more rabbits in our hats.

But is giving up our physical state of being could be the way to our freedom? can we claim our “I(s)” by denouncing our “am(s)” ?


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