Daydreams of: Observance

As Egyptian Christians make their way towards the Orthodox Church, they are surrounded by thousands of Muslims.  The Muslims huddle closer around the Christians, but they do not attack.  The Muslims do not jeer, berate, or torment the Christians.  Instead they protect them with their bodies, acting as human shields, and then join them inside the church to observe the holy day of Christmas.  After mass is over, the Muslims once again surround and protect the Christians with their bodies.

“I know it might not be safe, yet it’s either we live together, or we die together, we are all Egyptians.”  Fifty year old, Cherine Mohamed answers when asked by a nearby reporter.

Then in February, a scene reminiscent of that Christmas night happened again, but this time in reverse.  Christians locked hand in hand to surround a mass of Muslim protestors as they prayed in protest at Tahrir Square.

When asked why by a reporter, a Christian woman is heard to say, “Today we observe that we are one, united.  We are Egyptians.”

A reminder of the good in humanity for the Trifecta Challenge.

Egyptian Muslims protect Christians.

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19 thoughts on “Daydreams of: Observance

  1. I love this story, Gene. How wonderful this is. I needed a reminder of the good in humanity today. It often seems that there is no good in humanity, and this story is a powerful reminder that people still love and care for each other, and respect each other’s humanity, no matter how dark and terrible the world may seem, and how horrible the acts of some people are. Often it seems that there are almost no good people left in the world, and the precious few good people that we encounter are like treasures, precious jewels, nuggets of gold that shine in the midst of the arid desert that the world often seems to be. I love this story. This is truly, truly wonderful. I think you deserve to be in the top three this week for sure, in my own humble opinion. This story echoes in my mind…The pure unconditional acceptance and love for one’s fellow human beings that is shown in this story is remarkable, and is a stark counterpoint to the often fanatical and hateful and stereotypical images of both sides that flood the media. We need more good news like this. I honestly think that the constant flood of bad news actually reinforces the negativity, hatred, ignorant perceptions, stereotypes, and sheer stupidity that exist in this world, and fosters even more hatred, and it is truly positive stories like this one that can really make a difference in changing the negative perceptions that people have of each other and of the world.

    • I am very glad that I could pass this on and provide that there are good people out there. You are right, if you just watch the news, you will think only bad things happen . The truth is so much different. It’s stories like these that remind us of this and that’s why I had to post it.

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