Monday, January 31, 2011

If dear Mr. Twain were in Cairo today...

Sometimes after too many hours of skimming various news media, and looking at unfolding events from too many conflicting perspectives, one needs to simply take a step back and view things from about one hundred years away, and from the height of a genius. If you are finding yourself torn about the current public uprising in Egypt, allow me to humbly offer you a few words of Mark Twain, quoted in defense of Russian revolutionary writer Maxim Gorky in 1906 in the New York Tribune:

I am said to be a revolutionist in my sympathies, by birth, by breeding and by principle. I am always on the side of the revolutionists, because there never was a revolution unless there were some oppressive and intolerable conditions against which to revolute.

Now this was said before the age of modern social media networking, mind you, so everything is different now.*


*Isn't it?

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