Sunday, February 13, 2011

Is Egypt a New Paradigm?



Could the Egyptians be setting the example of how to bring power back to the people in a peaceful manner? Is the young of this world finally waking up to their strength?

What I find amazing is how evolved the leaders of this movement seem to be in their vision of the future. Basic human rights for all. Wow, what a concept - and what an example for the rest of the world. It only stands to reason that the oldest known civilizations would be the ones to show the way for the new paradigms of the future. I hope they know how much is resting on the decisions they now make.

The old structures are coming down - it's a new day.

19 comments:

Hilary said...

So true. It's very encouraging.

Jo said...

Nancy, I'm not quite as optimistic of the situation as most people are. Egyptians now have martial law for the next six months, and no constitution. Revolutions in the Middle East traditionally don't go so well, and I will be keeping a skeptical eye on what happens next. There is no doubt that Mubarak needed to go, he had become so corrupt.

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Nancy said...

Hilary - Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Jo - I agree with everything you said - it is a very delicate time for the Egyptian people. I wish them much luck in the next few months. But either way - young people have witnessed their strength in numbers.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

I think it's definitely a new emerging paradigm. The egyptian military is funded by the US to the tune of $1.3 billion a year. It seems they have a vested interest in keeping that $ flowing, so I'm optimistic about Egypt's future and how its youthful population will create something far better than the dictatorship they had.

DJan said...

I hear you all! It's interesting to learn how out of touch the rulers of Egypt had become, and it might be a wake-up call for many others. I am hoping for the best, since Egypt had no chance before, and now there's another chance for change. I'm praying for the best outcome for them, not necessarily the best outcome for the West.

Nancy said...

Trish & Rob - I think it goes beyond the US $ influence. I have a sense it has taken a life of its own. There is a pride and sense of unity that is inspiring. The people were out cleaning up "their" square yesterday. Not the government - the people.

DJan - I agree with you. The US is no different from Egypt when it comes to a corrupt system that has forgotten their job - to serve the people.

Linda said...

i do so hope you are right...my heart was broken watching the events day after day but now it feels a bit tenuous...

all we can do is continue to be positive, sending energy, prayers, the positivity outward, hoping it helps all who are finding themselves wanting change....meaning the whole world. xo

Brian Miller said...

rosaria was writing on this today too...i just hope it is not forgotten too quickly

ellen abbott said...

how often has an army in control of a government given up the reins of power for a democracy? I can't think of a single instance. Just because the US supports the Egyptian army with $ does not mean anything. The US has set up and supported many a dictator in order to get what the US wants.

I hope this time is different. But martial law has never worked for the better.

Miss Sadie said...

Like, Brian, I have just come here from rosaria's blog. But like Jo, I'm not quite as optimistic as others about Egypt's future.

America has a vested interest in "stability" in places like Egypt, which may work against democracy. Sadly. Which reminds me of Mel Brooks famous line in Blazing Saddles:

"We've gotta protect our phoney-baloney jobs, gentlemen, we must do something about this immediately!"

Bruce Coltin said...

Nothing is certain, but at least there is hope that the world is making a slight, but important change in course. Hope is a nice thing to have.

Von said...

Do hope so and that the CIA doesn't do it's usual thing.

Jayne Martin said...

Being that their military depends largely on money from the U.S., it will be interesting to see how we wield that power. We were, after all, the nation that kept this repressive regime in power for 30 years. Hopefully, we'll get it right this time and support the youth movements fight for democracy.

Amanda said...

never thought about it this way --- one of the oldest civilizations giving way to a new paradigm -- very intriguing ~

Nancy said...

Linda - I agree. The whole world is watching what they do next.

Brian - We do have short attention spans.

Ellen - From what I am reading the people have no intention of letting up the pressure. I hope it works.

Miss Sadie - I think this may go beyond what the US or any other power may or may not want. They will do it their way, they've proven that, and now we can only hope the people keep it from devolving into another fundamentalist hell hole.

Bruce - We always must have hope. It is the most important thing of all.

Von - The CIA has been pretty inept of late. I'm not sure they could even if they wanted to...

Jayne - If we don't? We'll make a very big mistake.

Amanda - I find that intriguing as well.

A Year on the Grill said...

My old hippie sayings need to be updated... These days, the revolution WILL be tweeting and Facebook.

And from my Granddaddy's days... "How you gonna keep em down on the farm after they see Paris" was never truer.

And from my great great great granddaddy's day, There would never have been an American revolution without the printing press.

The things all these revolutions have in common is education. So, stop bombing in Afghanistan and build more schools.

Just my opinion, I could be wrong

Gaston Studio said...

I predicted many years ago that Egypt would be the catalyst for democracy in the Near and Middle East (Egypt is Near East, BTW) and I think if any can do it, it will be them.

Linda Pendleton said...

I feel this is a new paradigm. What I found so fascinating about the peaceful revolution was the use of Twitter, Facebook, cell phones, video, to make it all happen. Really incredible. I hope they put some of those young visionary minds that we saw on our screens in their government. Male and female. Even cleaning up the place was amazing. Good for them.

ain't for city gals said...

I honestly think we could use a little bit of this peaceful but powerful demonstration in the USA...