{A photo I found via a friend’s Facebook, snagged from this Twitter. Here, Christian Egyptians protect Muslim Egyptians as they pray. I just can’t get over this photo. Honestly, it chokes me up every time I look at it … it gives me such hope. Could something like this ever happen in the United States? I hope so}

I’ve had this post saved in my drafts for a few days now.

I keep coming back to it and tinkering…

I’ve really had a hard time trying to put into words exactly how I feel about the protests in Egypt.  I feel like these events have touched me on so many different levels. In a weird way, that makes me feel selfish–you know? I’m not there. I’m not courageous in the same way that these men and women have been for the past two weeks–it doesn’t seem fair that I should be so impacted, when I’m not even a part of  it.

But, it’s absolutely awe inspiring to me how fiercely passionate these people are about their country. Sadly, their loyalty to their country and countrymen is slightly foreign to me–I often feel like we Americans are more likely to bash on each other than stand up for our rights and quality of life as a nation.

They’re doing it for Egypt, and Egypt’s future… it’s hardly for themselves. These people are 100 percent ready to die for this cause.

Beyond all of that, it’s incredibly powerful what ordinary people can accomplish.

I had a conversation with a taxi driver in SF when the protests first started to build momentum, and he said “I hope that something like that happens here.”

It really got me thinking. Would it? It’s heartbreaking to me to think that complacency is usually the norm–and I can’t deny that I’ve been a victim of it.

But now, I’m inspired. It’s so moving for me to see people join together for a common cause. Human solidarity is such an unbelievable thing. There’s something about these movements that truly makes me want to hop on a plane and join in. It’s exhilarating–the cause is so wildly hopeful.

That’s all I can really put together right now … But I wanted to leave you all with an excerpt from one of Nicholas Kristof’s columns for the New York Times (besides Al Jazeera, he’s been my go-to for all things Egypt. He’s a genius, an absolute inspiration, and in my opinion–one of the best journalists of our time. Plus, he’s from Oregon! Went to the same high school as the boyfriend)

Maged, a 64-year-old doctor who relies upon a cane to walk, told me that he hadn’t been previously involved in the protests, but that when he heard about the government’s assault on peaceful pro-democracy protesters, something snapped.
So early Thursday morning, he prepared a will and then drove 125 miles to Tahrir Square to volunteer to treat the injured. “I don’t care if I don’t go back,” he told me. “I decided I had to be part of this.”
“If I die,” he added, “this is for my country.

I know this is a bit different than my usual posts.

But this is such a important, impactful moment in our world’s history–and it’s been such a point of interest for me lately, I thought drifting a little from the norm would be worthwhile.

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”
-Robert Kennedy

1 comment
  1. love that you’re mixing up your content girl. a well written post on a hard-to-write-about topic. xxx

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