Ever since the Egyptians took a stand, there’s been a snowball effect of neighboring nations actively protesting their autocratic and dictator-run governments.
I watched 60 Minutes this past Sunday night and saw how one, 26-yr old Tunisian man, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire in front of Tunisia’s government buildings as a form of outspoken protest. The authorities had threatened his livelihood, and severely disrespected him (spit in his face and disrespected his late father). Bouazizi decided he wasn’t going to take it anymore. From there, the revolution commenced and today, two months later (with much thanks to Facebook for publicizing/showing videos of the fighting), Tunisia has ousted majority of the old regime and is preparing for upcoming elections this fall. Despite this great news, there is still much fighting, civil unrest and overall chaos.
In addition to Tunisia, in the last two weeks Libya, Yemen, Morocco and Bahrain have been embarking on their own national revolutions; they’re all fighting the man! While this is an amazing thing that is happening, it is so unfortunate that so many are losing their lives in an effort to fight this cause. America has been supportive of the people fighting for their freedom but we’re not over there helping them either.
My heart really goes out to those nations. These people are losing their lives in the pursuit of freedom, equality, and food security. This is all in violation of basic human rights that too many American’s take for granted. When taking a critical look at what is going on over there, hearing American’s complain about basic things like, “liveable wages,” “wack health insurance” and “foreclosure” makes my stomach turn. These people are fighting for life! For the ability to speak what’s in their hearts and minds without fear of torture, imprisonment and death. For the resources to obtain food when their dollars earned that day won’t cover it! American’s speak what’s on their minds to a fault (Michelle Obama is NOT fat Rush Limbaugh)! American’s are making SEVERAL dollars a day. We also have SEVERAL food banks and a generous population that will donate food and/or money to a family in need. And when an American loses their home to foreclosure, there is ALWAYS a plan B! Don’t you dare tell me otherwise.
I just encourage everyone during these trying times to work a little bit harder the next time you get the urge to complain over something basic and miniscule. In 10 years, will the issues you’re stressing over today even be a mere thought? Probably not. Our global neighbors are fighting for their lives right now…their LIVES. They have to complain now; opportunity has come knocking and they are 100% justified in taking full advantage. They have the microphone on the world’s stage and we need to give them our undivided attention with zero interruptions.
Pray for them.