Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Well-Wishes to Egypt
From my limited understanding, it seems that today is the big day after a week of protesting in Egypt against its president, Hosni Mubarak. Today is the "Million member march" against the Presidential palace, and the estimates of actual turn-out that I've heard are from hundreds of thousands to the actual million they were looking for.
Egypt has given the world such beautiful things. Hieroglyphics, the pyramids, the Nile, everything up to Naguib Mahfouz. I hope that what is happening in Egypt right now does indeed lead to progress. I hope that this can be a step forward, not a step back. I believe it can. I hope things can be resolved peacefully, and that Egypt can continue to be such a beautiful, historic country.
This is a break from a direct post about writing, but everything counts as writerly research, right? Maybe short stories about these protests have already been written. And also, I know we all wish for Egypt to come to a quick, peaceful, and progressive resolution. We hope and pray for them.