Wednesday, February 9, 2011

cant half ass a revolution


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via maia medicine on 2/9/11

yesterday after taking a couple of days off i went back to the tahrir protests. 

i am really glad that i have gotten to the point in my life where i see a revolution/uprising getting started and i know this is not going to be a quick process.  we have to prepare ourselves, and take care of ourselves for the long haul. 

in the couple of days i took off—i created art, wrote letters, hung out with friends, watched aza go off to preschool, meditated and discovered new music. 

what i came to in those days is this: you cant half-ass a revolution.  what i mean is that the revolution is like a ball going down a hill.  it is going to be a lot more trouble to roll that ball back up the hill than to let it follow its gravitational descent. 

had a bunch of convos recently that basically amount to—what happens now?  this feels like stalemate.  like mubarak will win, get to stay til september.  the public is turning on us.  people are tired of the revolution…

yeah, a lot of this is true.  it did feel like a stalemate, mubarak did look like he was winning hearts and minds, people are tired and aching for normalcy. 

but you cant half ass a revolution

a pause to take a breath, is not the same as a stalemate. 

mubarak's lies floating into people's homes through state television are pervasive, but not as powerful as people's desire to be free. 

people are tired and aching, but they are also amazed at how much mubarak has conceded, how much power taking tahrir gave to the egyptian public, they are tired mostly because of mubarak's actions, not the revolution's. 

then yesterday, i went back out to tahrir with aza and cal.  it was more crowded than i have ever seen it.  we could barely move, surrounded by people on all sides.  honestly, i do not know if i have ever been in such a crowded space before.  i felt like i was suffocating. 

the people have not given up.  dont believe the hype.  it looked like a lot of people went to work yesterday and then streamed down to tahrir to protest. 

time to finish what we started.  i say we, not as an egyptian, but as one who loves egypt, and who believes in its peoples freedom. 

the regime is done. 


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