February 11, 2011
“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” – Thomas Alva Edison (2/11/1847 – 10/18/1931)
Today, with volume low on the TV, keeping an ear on the happenings of the country of Egypt where the people have been in protest for 18 days, asking for change. Attacks from police and supporters of the party in charge did not deter the mass of millions of men and women, young and old, Muslims and Christians side by side..one nation, together. The Cross and Crescent together, side by side… a symbol of “Egypt for all”.
I recently read an article about how both Muslims and Christians have used themselves as human shields to protect each other during their respective times of service or worship. This further demonstrates the strength of humanity unified as One Human Family coexisting peacefully.
The choice to stand in peaceful protest, fueled with courage of strength in numbers and a determined resolve to not leave without the desired outcome won the attention of the media world wide along with the hearts and support of millions around the world. As if the protesters had taken a page from Gandhi’s writings of non-violence…
The religion of non-violence is not meant merely for the rishis and saints. It is meant for the common people as well. Non-violence is the law of our species as violence is the law of the brute. The spirit lies dormant in the brute and he knows no law but that of physical might. The dignity of man requires obedience to a higher law-to the strength of the spirit….
… and as I listened passively to the rambling diatribe of the news figure heads, the story changed from protests to the president stepping down. As word spread, the protests changed to cheers..
.. emotions bottled up by years of oppressive rule ran freely in form of tears down the cheeks, many painted with the red, white and black of the national flag of Egypt… smearing the colors together much the same way the people were mixed in representation throughout the square.
It was heard quoting, quite possibly accidental in itself.. maybe not.. a famous line uttered by a leader in American history, Martin Luther King Jr, “‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!””
Egypt.. your future is yours to define now.. fulfill your dreams and your destiny!
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