Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Losing A Voice of Reason in Egypt

 A young man died yesterday who by any reasoning should still be here with us. Bassem Sabry was a writer, analyst, activist of the highest ethical standards whom I first encountered online during the winter of 2011. At times, reading the discussions on Twitter, Facebook and other social media, I was struck by his strong wisdom and innate kindness. When he published this on his blog I was stunned to realise how young he was, only 31 at this death, and how wise he was beyond his years. I posted many things that he wrote because he did it so much better than I did. I would urge everyone to take a moment to read this post from last May and think on it. If we all learned as much as he did in his thirty years, surely this world would be much better.


copyright 2014 Maryanne Stroud Gabbani

7 comments:

Star said...

lovely, thank you, I went to his blog, too.

ziuma said...

i don't know about egypt condition, can admin tell me.

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

It's a iong story, but having had an erstwhile revolution in 2011, a really disfunctional election and another governmental overturn later, things are rather confusing.

Lisa Petrarca said...

I'll definitely check it out. I wanted to share a little of my heart with you today...something my new young foster son wrote me on Mother's Day. What a day!
http://lisapetrarca.blogspot.com/2014/05/mothers-daywhat-day.html

Joan McKniff said...

What a loss. I hope this essay becomes a long living legacy.

I smiled when he wrote of growing up being taught that Egypt was the center of the universe. I was taught the same except it was that Boston was nicknamed "The Hub City" because it was the hub of the universe.

He was so wise to include that. I suspect most people were taught that about their home town and/or country and so could early on identify with him and become more open to examining more of our assumptions and prejudices.

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tianglampu said...

Feeling sad to read about peoples situation in Egypt.