Stand there

King Farouk of Egypt was deposed on the day I was born – so the country has been a republic for more than half a century.  Yet only now has the ‘people’s voice’ begun to be heard.  Yes, I know the revolution has not brought about democracy and de-militarisation, but there is just something remarkable about huge numbers of people gathering together and refusing to disperse.

And yes, I also know that there was some violence and looting and strikes and so on.  But the real power of the revoution was in people standing in Tahrir Square in Cairo, and continuing to stand. 

I remember the nun who introduced me to contemplative prayer as a student saying to us, “Don’t just do something, stand there”.

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