What turns mere resistance into revolutions is emergence. What galvanizes people, brings tears to their eyes, sees the birth of resolve and the renewal of commitment is emergence. Moments of emergence define revolutions, are romanticized, and remain the stuff of memory when all else fades.
I watched a television program on the CBC’sPassionate Eye last night on what they called the Facebook Revolution, and what we call the Arab Spring. It may as well have been a chronicle of emergences.
It started with the emergence of the Tunisian fruitseller, Mohammed Bouazizi, who immolated himself in protest after being refused justice by the Tunisian government.
“The world knows Mohammed Bouazizi… as the poor and desperate young man, harassed by the authorities, who set fire to himself in this town in central Tunisia, inspiring a revolution that brought down the country’s dictator, an act still reverberating through the Arab world.” (1) Read the rest of this entry