Cat Got Your Tongue?

by DavalosMcCormack on February 21, 2011

You may have noticed we’ve been a tad quiet of late. It’s not that we have run out of things to say – yeah, right, as if that’s likely to ever happen! No, it’s because what we have to say seems so, how shall I put this, inconsequential compared to what’s taking place in Morocco and Libya and Yemen and Bahrain and who knows where next.

What we usually write about are ways to improve your life, to be healthier, smarter about decisions and so on. What is happening in the Arab world is not about losing weight, but about losing dictators; it’s not about making smarter decisions about diet and exercise, it’s about having the power to make a decision about who governs you. We write about the struggles we all face in life. They are facing a life and death struggle for freedom.

In a way the problems we face are almost self-indulgent compared to those facing so many people around the world. We wonder if we’ll be able to resist that second piece of chocolate cake. In Libya they have to worry whether they’ll come back from the protest alive.

And that’s why I’m finding it hard to sit down and write. What I have to say is dwarfed by events around the world. My attention is so riveted on what’s happening there, on the extraordinary courage of ordinary men and women who walk out the door every day to protest injustice, never knowing if they’ll be coming home.

I wonder if I were in that situation would I behave the same. Would I be willing to put my life on the line and fight for freedom, for the chance to shape my own future?

It’s a question I hope I never have to answer.

But then, the things we write about are life and death decisions too, just not as immediate.  We will be back to write about our health choices, but right now we are working on what we can do to make a difference and support those who yearn for freedom and a democratic society.  We must make sure that our voices are heard too.  What kind of a democratic society, what kind of freedom  do you want?  Write to your representatives,  join groups who believe like you, be active in your community.

Freedom, like health is fragile and it needs constant nurturing.

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