Thursday, February 06, 2014

Egyptian optimism

A few weeks ago I blogged about Egypt and hope. Reading the news since, I've wondered if I was being a Pollyanna. Well, maybe I was.

But I want to raise up this oped by Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswany. He was and is there.

He reports that this Facebook message has gone viral in Egypt:

“Fellow revolutionaries, we have been through the three most beautiful and difficult years of our life. We have tried to realize the dream but we now know that it has become impossible. Yet we keep on stating that it was a real dream, no matter how much they try to falsify history. None of us who have lived that dream will ever forget, or regret it, for a moment. As for those who have died in the service of the revolution, we say to you and your families that we apologize because we are not worthy of your sacrifices.”

Further Al Aswany still holds out his own hope:

Is the Egyptian revolution over, as the frustrated young Facebook poster declared? The answer is provided by recent official statistics that show that the country’s population has already reached 85 million, 60 percent of whom are under 29. It is these young people — the majority of the population — who made the revolution. It is they who, in the end, will win out, because they alone are the future.

1 comment:

Rain Trueax said...

The big thing is to not look for how we can individually profit from whatever happens. It's looking at the overall good. That's what makes it a challenge as so many can only see how it will impact them, will they stay richer or will they lose something but overall, we all gain?

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