Friday, February 11, 2011


No matter what race, creed, culture, nationality, religion, or socioeconomic background, MAN YEARNS TO BE FREE. This innate desire to be free, has given birth to movements, given birth to companies, given birth to nations, and has revolutionized generations. An innate desire to be FREE to live, FREE to love, FREE to laugh, FREE to learn, and FREE to earn lies at the core of mankind. Out of this yearning to be FREE , the people of Egypt spoke, shouted, organized, marched, protested, Facebooked, Tweeted, and texted again and again and again until a regime was toppled and the 30 year reign of Hosni Mubarak was ended amidst this PEACEFUL REVOLUTION.

What will eventually become of Egypt, the Arab World's largest nation, following the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, only time will tell. The challenges are enormous, the economy is in shambles, the people are poor, their patience is thin, and there is a long road ahead. However, what we witnessed over the 18 days that was the PEACEFUL Egyptian Revolution is something to be admired by all mankind. An intense desire of the people to live out their lives in accordance with their inalienable God-given rights, ignited a Revolution that was not to be denied. Despite the harsh opposition they faced, despite the government's brutal attempts to silence them, despite the days of hunger, days without shelter, days sleeping on the streets, and all other obstacles, they persevered until their mission was accomplished.

"Give us FREE !! Give us FREE !! Give us FREE !! ", cried the African slave Joseph Cinque in the 1997 movie "Amistad" portraying the 1839 revolt aboard the slave ship by the same name en-route to the United States to auction off the FREEDOM  of African men and women. This memorable line is often quoted and repeated because it symbolizes a sentiment felt by many who yearn to be free from SOMETHING or SOMEONE. Cinque did not have to be well versed in the English language to be able to communicate to others that FREEDOM is what he and his people desired and deserved because enslavement is an unnatural state that NO ONE wants to be a part of.  We all have a desire to be FREE. To be FREE from whatever physical, psychological, and oppressive forces that bind us. Such was the cry of African slaves in past centuries , such is the cry of the Egyptian people today, and such is the cry of all mankind ...  GIVE US FREE !!

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