Egypt: This is what the people can do!

I heard on CBC radio on Thursday that, after the 17 days of massive protest against him in the streets of Cairo, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak had decided to step down.


What can I say??

What I can say is that THIS is what the people can do.

THIS is what determination…& courage … mean.

This is what sheer guts can lead to. (Along with cooperation, of course; we are not islands, after all!)


And there are several issues I’m currently involved with that I know call for civil disobedience here in Canada. A couple of nuclear ones, a waste incinerator being planned. Always, always, always climate change.

And I want to ask all my friends to take part in some principled acts of civil disobedience in the days & months ahead.

And I know they won’t.

Because. Because why? Because this is Canada.

This is where we are so polite (so afraid of our own shadows), we even reflexively say “Thank you!” to the police officer who gives us a speeding ticket (yes, I did this once, a million years ago now. Boy was I taught my pleases & thank-you’s well!!)

We don’t do civil disobedience here.

We have a corrupt, self-serving, hypocritical & bordering-on-Bush clone federal prime minister & political party “in charge” – & odds are, Canadians may vote these… “leaders” (note the quotation marks) back in. (They were voted in by default, because so many Canadians DON’T VOTE).

And/or because we ourselves are foolish & deluded & … because our political system is adversarial; it’s not really aimed at cooperation – although we pretend & always claim we are living in a “democracy.”

Ack ack ack!!!!!!!!!

A friend & I had had a good chuckle on the phone the day before. I’d said to her, “Yikes. What, in this pathetic country of ours, would actually get people out in the streets? What would get people off their comfortable, complacent, lazy asses… & out in the streets protesting?”


And she said, “Hmmmm. Maybe if the price of a case of beer went up by $10?”

& then we had a grand old laugh.

‘Cos she probably got that about right. The price of gas – &/or the price of beer: these are things that might get Canadians really exercised.

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Canada.

Shame on us for our sheer apathy...


P.S. And bless these brave Egyptian people – for their sheer courage

P.P.S. You can find some quotations about courage here. Some political quotes here

‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “Each day we are born again to start our life anew. What we do today is what matters most.” ~ Buddha

Runner-up quotes: “Talk – Action = Zero” ……… ad in Jan/Feb. 2009 ‘Watershed Sentinel’ magazine

“Non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as cooperation with good.” – Martin Luther King

“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.” – Margaret Drabble