Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What have mushrooms and plants got to do with democracy?

While looking back on what has happened in Egypt since January 25, 2011, the same picture repeatedly comes into my mind:

Mushrooms: growing fast, tiny, chaotic, all haywire, faster, higher, stronger, crushing others, suffocating them. As do white mushrooms in the spring. They turn up quickly and disappear quickly.

This is not how democracy develops. Especially not under the bad circumstances provided.

It would be so much wiser: taking good care of the delicate, vulnerable little plant, watering it and nourishing it, protecting it from too much sun and too much cold and by all means: giving it a lot of love and patience. Lots of patience.

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