I haven’t been to Egypt but it’s certainly in my “to go” list. Most of you guys have probably been watching the news about the difficulties that they are encountering right now. But for those na medyo, hindi connected kasi walang Globe MYfi (NAKS!), here’s a rundown of events.
The protests started January 25 which was actually done through social networks and technology – twitter, blogs, facebook, texts, emails. This is actually the “now” version of starting a revolution. I read that in our history, Rizal and his barkada used underground newspapers, books and letters while our EDSA revolution used the powers of media and radio. I don’t have first hand info, tsismis lang yun. haha! Obviously, hindi pa ako buhay at that time and maybe too young to remember EDSA. But through what Egypt did, we can see how powerful the internet and technology is. I was discussing this with a friend recently and she was telling me how scared she is about the lack of control of the internet. Technically, anyone can say anything. But will get into that later. (Back to Egypt muna tayo)
After protesting in the streets, the government blocked twitter which was the venue used by the organizers of the protests. Eh, napansin ata nilang meron pang facebook (there was a facebook page that also helped in organizing the protests) and friendster (may nagfriendster pa ba?) so they continued further by blocking facebook (d na nila pinansin ang friendster). Protests continued all through out the country so they eventually blocked internet services. it was reported that text messaging was blocked too (medyo d na sila mapakag WER NA U?). Another thing I would like to point out here is the power of youth. Most of the revolutions and protests encountered in history are participated by the youth. Knowing that we have this power, we should always mind that we are really the people shaping our own future. Let’s use this power wisely.
Eventually, MUBARAK stepped down and resign and power was turned over to the military (isn’t that breaching the constitution and seems like a coup?)
Now the question is what happens next?
Just as they said in all the teleseryes we love to watch … “Abangan ang susunod na kabanata”. But in the end, we are all praying for a peaceful resolve and a brighter and safer future for our brothers and sisters in Egypt.
I’m no analyst or anything even close to that. But on top my head, I just wonder how hard it is to start over or rather how hard it is to fix something while starting over. I would like to compare it to architecture. Starting a government can be compared to being being a blank lot. You are tasked to design the home the fits your need. While turn over of government through elections is like being given a house. Fully furnished na, maintain mo nalang. Maybe a few additions here and there. But an abrupt change of government is much harder. It’s like having a house that is damaged and unusable yet you have to renovate it. There are certain areas, columns, beams that can’t be changed. Cleaning up is actually another big task and making something out of the chaotic situation is a big challenge. Plus the idea that the house needs to function immediately is another big problem. But someone’s gotta do it. Ganun ang buhay eh, you play with the cards you are dealt with. I really hope and pray that it works out well for EGYPT, but if everyone is willing to sacrifice and work harder… walang IMPOSSIBLE. Sorry about the architectural comparison ha. I like comparing certain events to things that I’m familiar with. Masmadali kong naiintindihan. I also try to do that with people. I always put myself in other people’s shoes so I can understand them better.
So tonight guys, let’s pray extra hard for our WORLD PEACE. Tama nga naman ang mga beauty queens, importante talaga yang world peace.
PS. The way i wrote this is in a manner na madaling maintindihan. I am not taking the issue lightly. I wrote it as how we would discuss it during a becky dinner. My heart and prayers are with them.