I still do not pretend to have any type of adequate knowledge or understanding of what is going on right now in Egypt, but thanks to a friend in the blogosphere, a couple of hours glued to CNN, and the genius of Tweets like these I’m starting to have a firmer grasp. So briefly, a couple of initial thoughts on the events of the past couple weeks:
In terms of revolt, it is almost incomprehensible to see the way youth are banding together. I cannot fathom the ways in which social media and networking are being used for good, and the general forwarding of awareness and connectedness throughout Egypt and the rest of world. With the majority of the demographic landing at age 30 and under, it’s nothing short of incredible as to what young people are accomplishing. Even as the government tries to establish a silence of the people, for maybe one of the first times in history it has become impossible. President Mubarak’s address this evening seems to be just what the foreign correspondents are saying: defiant and frustrating. It will be interesting in the very least to watch the events unfold tomorrow in light of his public decision to remain in power. For one of the best up-to-date providers of real-time info, take a look here.
The following may or may not be accurate representation of what is happening, but I found it incredibly powerful, and worth sharing nonetheless.
“The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”