It has been blaring through public radio news, television broadcasts, and has been the first image on countless front pages. Without a doubt if you have interacted with any form of news media you know that this article is going to be related to the recent events in Tunisia and Egypt, in which both nations demanded the removal of their presidential leaders and political reform. But so far in February this has not been a limited occurrence. A matter of fact a series of nations have followed in the footsteps of Tunisia and Egypt, and it would not be absurd to see another six or seven new nations continue about with similar actions.
But beside the political dissatisfaction of the masses in these nations, what is inspiring a domino effect of national uprisings? And even more so how is it spreading so quickly, even touching the U.S. in a Wisconsin rally of over 70,000? In the last few weeks it has been apparent that millions of people worldwide are dissatisfied with global economic and living conditions. Even more so this seems to be a global outcry, versus just protests in individual nations. The global message being demonstrated by hundreds of thousands seems to be this: we are unhappy with the conflicts in our systems of living and with the conflicts amongst our governments and nations. But what we all want to really understand is this: how bad are the conditions of the world to cause an uprising of multiple nations, including Serbia in Europe and Wisconsin in the United States, to gather into mass protests? To be brief it is clear that the world is not economically as great as it seemed years ago, but there seems to be something inspiring people more than just economic woe. What really seems to be contagious in the spreading of global demonstrations is this: the pain of what we metaphorically call the human heart. As movie like that this idea sounds, it is far from fictional.
Relating to how some of these protests began is what has linked us globally: our communication systems. For the first time in history within the last two decades, we have been connected through a means of information transfer called the internet. Human kind has united through its own invention, but what does this have to do with the human heart, suffering, and political protests. It is this: the evolution of human connection. We have been able to not only exchange information about each other, but we have been linked through the viewing of stories from around the world. Our emotions and feelings have been able to be visibly expressed within seconds, and the domino effect of discontentment with the human condition can be spread globally within minutes. It is no wonder why global demonstrations have caught on quickly; human kind has been able to visibly see the struggles that we as a species have endured, and we have been able to see the burdens of multiple nations, all instantly. On the deepest level we have been confronted and faced with our own suffering, with the insanity of the wars and conflicts we have spread on each other, and with the failure of our own systems and the faults of our own greed. Undoubtedly it seems as though all the information and viewing of the conflicts in our world have been a trigger in the hearts of people to globally demonstrate for change.
It seems that the underlying message behind all of these protests, and maybe it is not directly stated, is that the world wish’s for change; a change for a better way of life of all people. Maybe the protests have become violent in certain scenarios, and clearly people are upset with politics, but it is also just as clear that the human heart is troubled beyond just politics and leaders; it is in the suffering that all of human kind is enduring, whether it is economic in some nations, poor human rights in others, or political instability in the rest. Maybe this is the start of the next stage of human civilization, the outcry from people as a whole for change; a unity in the idea that maybe certain human behaviors and actions need to be rethought. In the end there will be no one to blame, as all of these occurrences are processes into change. That is really the bottom line to all of this, the summary that will be told after all the protests have passed: that they were all factors leading to the next change in human kind. Hopefully it is a change in human intelligence and exploration, a change that unites human kind socially. None the less there is a big change on the horizon, whatever that change so happens to be…