Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week (hey, its a good studying place) you are well aware that Eqypt has had a massive outbreak of protests against their president of 30 years Hosni Mubarak’s regime. I completely agree with the citizens fight to gain true democracy and demand that Mubarak resign. After 30 years of oppressive rule filled with corruption, unemployment, police abuse, abuse of the political system, and maintaining poverty, the educated youth have had enough and are demanding change. I for one say bravo! Its about time change comes to that country. Their dreams of becoming a educated, democratic, innovative, influential and modern-thinking arab nation (like Jordan…Go Queen Rania!) is great.
I do, however, have some issues about with how events have transpired over the past week. Maybe its just the Indian in me talking, but I do believe in Gandhi’s teachings. The protestors are bringing a disconnect to their cause, which diminishes the credibility and validity to their arguments. Although I understand that the majority of protestors do not believe in some events that have transpired; particularly the event where protestors broke into the National Museum and destroyed numerous Ancient Egyptian artifacts including two mummies, it brings an idea that the protestors are just vandals and are not fighting for a true cause.
Therefore, I urge protestors to stop destroying their culture, history and being “vandals”. As we have learned from great people like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., you can achieve great things and bring huge change by following a path of non-violence. This path does not discredit your cause, but can enable the world to fight on your side and back you up. We now live in a world full of social media, a sense of having a global community and greater understanding of different cultures, so the possibilities of what can happen when you follow this path are endless.
Note: This is just my opinion about the events that have transpired. I do not wish to offend anyone, nor suggest what the Egyptian people are fighting for is wrong. I just wanted to simply give my opinion on the matter and do not expect you to agree with my prospectives.
Has anyone seen the movie ‘The King’s Speech’ starring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter? It looks like a okay movie, but its surrounded by HUGE hype. It has an 8.5 on IMDb, and has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards (Including Best Picture, Best Actor, And Best Actress). So do you all think its worth it to go out this weekend and watch it? Let me know, leave me a comment!