President Obama observed yesterday that “The wheel of history turned at a blinding pace” the past few weeks and disproved the notion that “justice is gained by violence.” Obama, a self-confessed follower of Mahatma Gandhi and his ideals, heard echoes of history in the way Egyptians brought about change through non-violence like Gandhi “leading his people down the path of justice.” More in his words:
“Egyptians have inspired us, and they’ve done so by putting the lie to the idea that justice is best gained through violence. For in Egypt, it was the moral force of non-violence — not terrorism, not mindless killing — but non-violence, moral force that bent the arc of history toward justice once more.
And while the sights and sounds that we heard were entirely Egyptian, we can’t help but hear the echoes of history — echoes from Germans tearing down a wall, Indonesian students taking to the streets, Gandhi leading his people down the path of justice.
As Martin Luther King said in celebrating the birth of a new nation in Ghana while trying to perfect his own, “There is something in the soul that cries out for freedom. Those were the cries that came from Tahrir Square, and the entire world has taken note.”
—President Obama, February 11, 2011
I hope you are all well and experiencing the joy of the Egyptian people this afternoon.
The revolution in Egypt has been so inspiring in so many ways. It is, of course an extremely fragile situation so we need to keep that country and its people in our prayers and meditations so that they can move forward in peace.
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May you be healthy,
May you be happy,
May you be fearless,
May you be peace.
with much love and deep joy of interbeing with you,