Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Why people in Tahrir shouldn't go home?

In the past few days, a lot of my friends talked to me that a lot of their friends have given up on the cause and are saying that's enough. They say that people who are still protesting in Tahrir are just greedy and they keep on asking for more demands because they enjoy the stay or whatever.

Why do these people tend to say so? I have a lot of reasons but I am going to share a few of them:
  1. They didn't go to Tahrir. The NEW Tahrir. The one that is built on respect, democracy, dedication, commitment, determination, will, and emotional intelligence.
  2. The annoying feeling called, fear of change. Yes, a lot of people are indeed afraid of the change that might occur due to the revolution.
  3. A word that I hear a lot from my dad "tanbala" a.k.a. "kasal". They just feel tired because they had to go through two rough weeks, so they decided that they've exhausted enough out of their precious effort on the welfare of the country.
  4. Another reason I heard a lot; "الراجل نهب و شبع, ليه نجيب واحد يبدأ يسرق من الأول؟". That's LAME. There is no such thing as "نهب و شبع". These people don't say enough. Why didn't he stop at the first billion dollars? Why did he go for the rest 69? This can be traced back to fear of change.
Why am I with people staying in Tahrir?
  1. Of course, the most obvious reason is that the regime has to fall, and so far nothing happened.
  2. The blood of the martyrs is not something to be taken for granted. The regime has intentionally killed people like us just for them to stay in their seats, steel more money, and most importantly because the know that the second they leave the chair; they will be prosecuted.
  3. Before Jan 25th I had a theory that even if the regime changed that doesn't mean that change is what we will have in this country, because, change doesn't occur through the regime but through the people. I was gladly proven wrong. A point that I didn't think about is that, to have protests and people fighting to change the regime; that’s pure change. And it didn't stop at that I've seen in change inside Tahrir and this positivity was contagious enough to get out of Tahrir. For example, today was a day for cleaning all around Cairo, I can thank Tahrir for that.
  4. I don't think people in Tahrir should go home because, the revolution is NOT over. For the people who are saying that's enough for various reasons; a revolution is not speed dating. IT TAKES TIME. Why did you stay silent for the last 30 years and all of a sudden you want FAST change? It's a time+effort oriented process. Instead of b**ching about it; go and protest.
  5. One point that shouldn't be taken for granted is that every Egyptian now is feeling this sense of ownership to the country which something that we have been trained NOT TO feel for the past 30 years. We were educated and treated as if the country belongs to a dictator and his family.
Since the start of the revolution I've heard an enormous number of rumors, starting the amount of cars shooting fire on people, the robberies, the news that are extremely false. All that is fine with me. But, to say something about the most descent and honorable group of people living in Egypt now is unaccepted. PLEASE, DON'T SAY A WORD ABOUT THESE PEOPLE UNLESS YOU HAVE GONE TO TAHRIR AND YOU SAW WHAT YOU'RE SAYING WITH YOU OWN EYES. 

The worst one that I heard today was that when Wael Ghoniem went to Tahrir yesterday he asked people to stop protesting and go home. I leave the commenting to you. 

A friend of mine wrote something on Facebook that is worthy of reading

Best Regards, Someone who is deeply in love with Tahrir.

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