Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Navigating the Apocalypse 1.6 – Babylon Revisited.


 

Like the “Summer of Love” in the United States… the Egyptian “Arab Spring” has proven to be a popular and pivotal, albeit brief moment in that Nation’s collective consciousness. The peaceful outpouring of the Egypt’s “wired” youth… the spontaneous collective call for liberty… the mass condemnation of tyranny that erupted in Tahrir Square in Cairo back in 2011 (See: Navigating the Apocalypse 1.4 - Revolution in Babylon) has been nothing short of globally transformative.
 
The subsequent ousting of then-president Hosni Mubarak (Muhammad Hosni El Sayed Mubarak), followed by national elections and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi (Mohamed Mursi Isa al-Ayyat), who assumed the presidency in June of 2012, turned out to be merely the next chapter in this amazing narrative of revolution.
 
Amid accusations that president Morsi commandeered the Egyptian political process by installing a constitution created solely by the Muslim Brotherhood (while ignoring other political factions) the Egyptian people once again took to the streets. Other major grievances voiced in mass across Egypt included the fact that there appeared to be no recall referendum mechanism in Morsi’s hastily drafted constitution.
 
In supposed response to this latest popular uprising, the Egyptian military staged a bold and successful coup d'├ętat. Currently, the fate of Mohamed Morsi is unknown. He is reportedly being sequestered in a presidential guard facility, while senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood are being rounded up by the military. With the deposing of the first democratically elected government, it appears that Egyptian people are living through a real-world version of “The Empire Strikes Back.” Once again, life imitates art.
 
As of this posting, violent clashes between the military and an outraged Muslim Brotherhood continue… and the death toll continues to rise.
 
Time will tell as to the overt outcome of the current geo-political intrigues in Egypt. But while the pro Muslim Brotherhood protesters rage in the streets of Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt, while television cameras are trained on Tahrir Square, while the world is focused upon this most recent news cycle… profound and far-reaching events are quietly transpiring and quickly fading into momentary obscurity.
 

Ripple

 
The summer of love was thought to be a passing fad, a momentary meme in the annals of American pop culture. Although the summer of love quickly devolved into disco fury, which was promptly answered by punk, followed by yuppies, gen x, grunge, etc… a very potent psychedelic seed was planted in 1967. The impact of that amazing summer continues to expand, rippling across the still waters of time and merging… intertwining with the very fabric of American culture. The repercussions of which continue to grow… to this very day.
 
It can be argued that without the psychedelic movement of the ‘60s, there would have been no personal computing revolution of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Wizards of Silicon Valley, such as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, placed great importance on the influence that the psychedelic movement had in their creative lives. Personal computing led directly to the mobile (cell) phone revolution of the last decade, which led to the contemporary social media revolution. Social media, in turn, has proven invaluable in the organization of mass demonstrations such as those occurring in Tahrir Square, even as we speak.
 
Just as with the summer of love, circa 1967, Egypt’s Arab spring, circa 2011 is fast being overlooked as the cultural turning point that it is. Events within our globally intact new paradigm seem to be emerging with ever-increasing rapidity. The situation continues to be desperate as usual. New geo-political developments, such as events in Syria and Turkey, obscure and eclipse the birth of the Arab Spring.


However, of all the modern expressions of freedom over tyranny, beginning with Tiananmen Square, none are more symbolically indicative, more iconic than Egypt’s Tahrir Square. The actions taken by the peoples of Egypt in 2011, is the epitome… the very face of what popular democracy will look like, as we move forward into the 21st century. Even as it recedes into our near-past, it will stand out as the gold standard of peaceful political transformation in the decades to come.

Already this new political paradigm is duplicating… virus-like… across the planet. Protesters in Brazil mimic the successful tactics of Tahrir Square. The tools of social media become a great equalizer in organizing an aware and activist populace. Like a fractal, media-driven freedom movements expand outward... duplicating, not exactly… but organically… to the farthest reaches of earth.

And the beauty of it is… there is nothing the already-antiquated “New World Order” can do about it. The old paradigm crumbles before the might that is Tahrir Square. The Djinn is out of the bottle, and there is no putting it back. Fitting analogy… the djinn… the ancient spirit of Araby. So if this new power that is sweeping the earth… emanating from the Arab Spring… holds any of the magick of the ancient Arabian spirit… the let us ask of it, three wishes…

 Liberty, Love & Light!
 
 
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