Egypt, the cradle of civilization, is the latest nation being rocked by unrest and a loss of civic civility. Civic civility is the orderly process by which free citizens lawfully engage their government which serves the public need and exists for the public good.

One does not have to be in the Nile to be in denial

Over time, even yielding grass will destroy the rigidity of concrete. All living things are hard-wired for the freedom to fulfill their potential. It is a force that can only be tamped down and never eliminated.

Leaders at all levels of public service (local, state, national) must understand that freedom (like oxygen) is the very life of the individual and the larger community. The spirit of freedom, like faith the size of a mustard seed, will move mountains of resistance.

The repeated expression for freedom may be best explained by the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Nothing is greater than an idea whose time has come.”

Bullets can only temporarily change behavior and never change beliefs

Let us be mindful of freedom’s lessons to be re-learned as we witness the rebirth of a nation. Those who embrace life give voice to the desire for freedom. Thus it has always been, and thus it shall always be.

They are not alone. They are only the next ones to take and stake their place on terra firma, collectively shouting to those in power, “You must hear that we are here.”

John Jenkins, Lewiston

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