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The Revolution Is TelevisedM. Dennis Paul, Ph.D. Salem-News.com
To a nightmare of knowledge he opens up the gate
(WINDSOR, N.H.) - TONIGHT, MY HEART IS WITH THE COURAGEOUS PEOPLE OF EGYPT AS THEY TEMPT FATE BEFORE THE EYES OF THE ENTIRE WORLD. Lied to by the Military, the ministers and elders, mislead by rumour and by the media, great joy was snuffed out in an instant as the grand ego of a sinister pirate clung to the mast of his sinking ship laughing and sneering at the masses come to cast him adrift.
In my lifetime, I have been a part of many protests, marches, and confrontations. Never, however, have I witnessed a bravery such as theirs. Knowing the incredible risks they face, these beautiful, peaceful people have endured weeks of sacrifice to face down one of the world's most despicable dictators and his twisted regime.
In my days of protest, we went.. we chanted.. we danced.. we drank.. and we went home. Tonight I witness the tents and sleeping bags on sidewalks that have been “home” for the displaced of Egypt and only imagine what change we could have wrought had we committed ourselves in this way. Sure, some of us pushed the envelope a bit and were gassed, beaten and hauled off in chains but it now seems so very small a gesture.
Knowing that the police, “secret” police and military have been photographing and filming them, knowing that by placing themselves on the front line, at anytime now or in the future Mubarak's henchmen can snatch them from their homes, work, schools, etc.. and knowing that torture and death are a very real possibility for staring down an entire regime.. torture and death to them, to their friends and to their families.. the brilliant and brave people of Egypt endure the sacrifices, face the fears that so many of us cannot..dare not.. imagine, and dance together in the streets.. in solidarity.. in belief.. in faith that their sacrifices will bring a better life.. if not for them immediately but for all future Egyptians.. dance in the faces of evil men.. dance in the faces of the empires of evil that have supported Mubarak and his thugs for the past 30 years.. dance in the face of those who see them as no more than expendable flesh and bones... TONIGHT, MY HEART AND SOUL ARE WITH THE COURAGEOUS UNARMED WARRIORS OF PEACE, JUSTICE, AND FREEDOM.. THE BEAUTIFUL MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN OF EGYPT.<
As I endlessly stare at Al Jazeera and CNN and strain to hear a message of hope from someone..anyone.. and dissect it.. placing it in comparison with all the coups of history having occurred in my lifetime.. I cannot help but run Phil Ochs' “CRUCIFIXION” over and over again in my mind and endlessly wipe my eyes. These people will either live or die.. and all will eventually die. These people will struggle as they have never struggled before.. and their pain will pour from their flesh like fire and like ice. These people and their future generations will win almost as much as they will lose. History reminds me that evil is overcome only for short stretches of time. It hovers over the newborn waiting for the first sign of weakness.. waiting for the ill and the maimed. Inevitably the workers who have overcome the hive succumb to a queen. Inevitably, the lovers find fault and crush the spirit that dared them to challenge the odds of everlasting.
Then his message gathers meaning and it spreads across the land
Time takes her toll and the memory fades
(CRUCIFIXION by Phil Ochs)
TONIGHT, MY HEART IS WITH THE COURAGEOUS PEOPLE OF EGYPT AS THEY TEMPT FATE BEFORE THE EYES OF THE ENTIRE WORLD and I sit here wondering what it will take, as seemingly impossible as it is, for my generation and those who have come after us to walk into the fire as these beautiful Egyptians have done and come out in the cool water free, internally, to stand up to the evil regime that sees us as no more than expendable flesh and bones.. grist for the mills. I wonder, with a bit of a pop smirk, what it must be like to walk like an Egyptian. In the morning I will live. In the morning my brothers and sisters in a far away land will live.. or die.
M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D. is a Counselor and Conflict Resolution Specialist/Consultant (Mediation/Arbitration/Facilitation) (20+ yrs).
He is the Creator of Thought Addiction programs (Lectures Seminars & Workshops) (Intensive 21 day Addiction Recovery Programs designed for Artists, Actors, Musicians & Industry Leaders) residing in New Hampshire (US). (The Website for M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D. is currently under reconstruction)
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