Friday, February 11, 2011

You say you want a revolution?

I wrote a blogpost on my other blog ( today and then went to read all of my subscriptions at that site. One of my favorite bloggers, a liberal old man who works at a hospital, takes his wife to symphony, and plays a phenomenal game of Scrabble, wrote about Mubarek's stepping down in Egypt. Hell, the whole world is writing about it right now. And rightly so.

I'm optimistic about this. I'm elated that the Egyptian people are free and can begin to make better and more informed choices about how they want to live because information is now freer there. But I cannot simply rejoice. Here is my response to Bob's post:

"I am glad Egypt is free and there is a feeling of revolution there. Now I hope that people in Egypt, in the Middle East, and all over the world begin to look more clearly at our natural resources, their availabilty (by which I mean scarcity), and how the global market affects global politics. Egypt moved from an oil exporter to an oil importer; global food production took a major hit this year while demand is rising; and here in the U.S. we continue to keep our heads in the sand about climate change because it's not "economically sound." Well, neither us subsidizing a proverbial plane that's about to crash. So... Yay for revolution! Let me not downplay that. But let's keep that momentum going!"

I'm just trying to see the bigger picture. People are people and national and political boundaries are manmade and often arbitrary. But we all live on this planet. As populations grow physically larger and socially more hungry (whether they want to not starve or they want to drive cars), our non(ornotquicklyenough)renewable resources are dwindling. Something's got to give eventually. Let revolution be a joy AND an opportunity.

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