Friday, February 11, 2011

Sometimes You Just Have To Show Up: No More Mubarak

The news showed up while I wasn't looking: Mubarak finally gave the Egyptian masses what they were asking for.

Two quotes come to mind here:
  • "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win."--Gandhi
  • "90% of life is just showing up." --attributed to Woody Allen, but who the hell knows.
The world can be such an evil bastard, with so many darkly clever ways of breaking dreamers on the wheel, that it's worth marking the times when everything just works. The men who set themselves on fire were mocked, and people started showing up. People were beaten, killed, and more people showed up. The rocks started flying, and that just made them surer that what they were doing was the right road. The man who was in the seat of power tried to sing them to sleep, and they made it clear they didn't want a story at bedtime. And it worked. It's always amazing when it happens like this.

Now comes the real heavy lifting. I usually chafe at crossing politics and religion, but one thing is true for both: being saved--that is, waking up to a new reality (or a new truth)--can happen in a moment, but staying saved is an ongoing process. The long road is ahead of you. It can be difficult and rocky, and it can test you, but it's worth making that trip. Today is the day they know it can be done, and a large number of people in Tahir Square tonight won't accept half-measures again.

So come on, guys. Make the new order work. Don't make me look like an idiot for all of the above.

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