This is something I’ve never seen in my lifetime. Maybe it’s the coverage. Maybe the amount of internet availability. Maybe just the pace of events.
But watching this now, watching Egypt fight for a new government and seeing how so many other things have been affected. Knowing that these events are historic not just in themselves but because of the technology that assists them…it’s amazing to me.
Maybe it’s because I grew up in a time before cable. When news was something that was on a couple times a day. When wars were fought and revolutions waged in places far away that I couldn’t access easily.
It’s easy to let this go into a background processing, because we have so much media. So much white noise. So many tweets and blogs and “static” now.
This is a real time human struggle for freedom. A revolution. A fundamental shift in an entire region of the world.
I have to remind myself that this is real. And that people are dying right this moment. It’s not a movie. It’s not a Michael Bay production. It’s not a Bruckheimer TV show. It’s real.
And that’s a hard thing to know as I sit here watching. But I’ll keep reminding myself. Because forgetting — letting it become just another “thing” in the news and on the screen — that would be harder to live with.
My thoughts and prayers and love to all who fight, to those who watch and worry and to the world in general.
We’re history in the making. All of us. Right now.