“Muslims, Christians and atheists.”
“I’m an atheist!”
There shouldn’t have been any shock value in that this was one of my earliest exchanges with anyone from Egypt in the first few days of the protests. But this took a second to process; having spent more than a decade being 9-11’ed to death, there is an undeniable impact as the result of sheer repetition.
Certainly, no understanding of events would benefit from over-generalization of so nuanced a circumstance. But meanwhile, I’m sitting on Twitter listening to people from all corners of the globe and outside a commitment to non-violence, the unifying theme is that I’m more or less just following a new group of computer geeks. It is Twitter; I suppose they could as easily be Justin Beiber fans. No doubt a few are.
And the first few cracks are emerging in Africa and China. Ghaddafi is presently rumored to have fled the country. Maneuvering and triangulation in Iran and Saudi Arabia are moving much faster than my ability to stay ahead of them.
Suffice it to say that regardless, I am too absorbed in events as they develop to have anything to say about anything. This is a good time to just shut up and listen.