Vive le Revolution

With the recent global news and the number of oppressed and dissatisfied people rising up against their dictators and governments, I feel it is essential as a blogger (even a personal, my-little-world blogger like me) to make reference to this. We live in challenging and changing times and history is being made in front of our eyes as we watch the Egyptian people protest in Tahrir Square, as we watched the Tunisian people push their President Ben Ali out of the country and reclaim their freedom, as the people of the North African countries begin fighting back against oppressive regimes that have lasted decades.

Some people have commented that this is the North African and Arab Countries time of revolution, in the same way that the Velvet Revolution swept through Central Europe over two decades ago. Living in what is a former communist country, the effects of that revolution are felt and seen every day in Prague. It’s a modern, busy, tourist-frenzy kind of city where the marks of it’s past can be seen on every street corner and in every underground station. It has recovered and recovered again from difficult, oppressive, and truly frightening happenings in history.

As I watch the news, and see what is happening in many countries in our world, the anger and frustration of the people who are protesting is impacting the world and making other nations sit up and take notice. It’s having a domino effect on other oppressed nations, and their people are standing up and taking notice. Social networking and the internet have taken a pivotal role in the spreading of the word, and the dictators of the world can no longer suppress information or control what their people see, think, believe.

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come. – Victor Hugo

In the midst of all the protests in Egypt, one particular thought has prevailed.

"It's better to die for something than live for nothing."

These people are prepared to die for their right to live freely. I have never had to fight for anything like that in my life.  I am so strongly aware of the privilege I have in growing up in a country that is free. It makes me think about how brave I and fellow more-privileged people would act should we find ourselves in that same situation. Would we be sitting for a week in our own Tahrir Square in continual protest, refusing to move until we knew freedom was on it’s way? Would we stand up to lines of military police in riot gear? Would we be prepared to die for our right to live freely?

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