Most that read this will have grown up in a democratic society; few will have an experiential understanding of life in a police state. For most, the opportunity to visit the historic sites of Egypt demanded only their time and money…and while visitors could not have possibly overlooked the poverty of the Egyptian people, poverty exists everywhere in the world. “There will be poor always, pathetically struggling…” (Jesus Christ Superstar)
History is something we think of as residing in books, having taken place before our time. Quite often, momentous events for those that lived thru them are simply life itself, left for others to assess its significance. Yet we are now witness to events, the importance of which is difficult to overstate. A repressive regime lasting generations has fallen, largely peacefully, simply because the people decided that enough was enough. Make no mistake, this was a revolution. It lasted only weeks but it was in the making for decades.
This is a heady, exultant, triumphant time for Egyptians and for the world. Freedom should be a human birthright…but such an unshackling brings challenges, dangers, and opportunities. The largest Arab nation is now in the process of establishing democratic rule. Many others in the region are nervous, for differing reasons. Alliances, understandings, expectations are all in flux, the reality is quite fluid. Neighboring despots are weighing their options. Israel is understandably on alert…but then, Israel is always on alert. Israel needs to be on alert. Israel is surrounded by nations committed to destroying them.
Yet, I’ve posted in recent past about our living in a time of Transformation…and this event of Egyptian revolution simply affirms that view. “Time” is speeding up, much more lies ahead. At at some point, you’ll stop questioning whether this is so, simply because there will be too much evidence for even you to deny;)
So. Yeah, it will. The Revolution WILL be televised…at least so long as the cyber apparatus continues to function
PS. There have been two gas line explosions in the past 24 hours. In Pennsylvania and Ohio. Is our crust in that region, for whatever reasons, stretching? Bowing? Let’s see…
11 Feb 2011