Egypt is a multicultural, diverse population. It is one of the oldest cultures in our world today. Egyptian culture has six thousand years of recorded history. Egypt has the highest number of Nobel Laureates in Africa and the Arab world. Egypt is recognized as the cultural trendsetter for contemporary Arab culture - as its culture thousands of years ago influenced that of Europe.
Today, thousands of young people who are fed up have started a revolution. A peaceful, powerful, all-inclusive revolution.
A revolution. Remember when youth in this country started a revolution? Remember when we thought we could change the world? Small revolts, single shots, and finally, we were the United States of America. With a Bill of Rights and a Constitution that reads, "We the people...."
What happened? We are more focused on finding the right restaurant and the right flowers for Valentines Day - a "holiday" that came from a card company - than we are in supporting a huge democratic surge in Egypt.
I can understand the media images in the last few days feeding fear. Janet Napolitano has stated that the terror alert will be higher than it has been since 2001.
Really. Why am I not surprised?
Be afraid, is the message. Why? Why is it frightening that young people have taken the streets and are calling for a true democracy? Might the passion ignite other youth in other countries to do the same?
I'd like to say I don't understand, but I do. It is the fear of the unknown. Change is, by nature, difficult for people to go through. My son had a fit that the chairs that were always in the living room were switched with the chairs that were in the back room.
No reason, just wanted to change it up.
There is an amazing reason for the change in Egypt. It is about freedom, fairness and justice. It is about all the different voices being heard. Don't believe for one minute it is a singular voice. Expand what you read, look for other sources; listen to how you are being pushed.
I have been to many protests over the years, surrounded by clergy of many denominations. I joined hands with them, sang songs with them, shouted slogans with them.
I was and still am an atheist.
Look at the pictures being shown of people in prayer. How many are? How many are not? What is the wide-angle shot versus the close up?
Every Fourth of July, America celebrates a revolution. It was a bloody, violent revolution, a war that lasted years. Not so in Egypt.
But they are looking for the same thing.
It is time to stop the fear mongering and let freedom ring.