Don’t Burn the Mummies

Now, I don’t know the full story but I was horrified to hear that some of the rioters in Cairo had broken into a museum there and destroyed a mummy.  I just can’t understand this.  Why destroy antiquities?  What is that going to do for you?  These things, once gone, can never be replaced.  I just don’t understand why they did this.

Admittedly, I don’t really know a whole lot of why people are rioting there.  As I understand it, they are unhappy with the Egyptian president.  People have told me that some Egyptians view him more as a dictator than a president, but I don’t really know much about that.  I don’t know why the rioters are unhappy or exactly what they expect to accomplish.

Really, I should.  This seems to be a pretty big deal.  Besides, I’m supposed to be going to Egypt in May for a tour.  It might be wise to understand what is going on in order to know if I’ll be safe or not.  Regardless, I have not read up on this much.  It is well known that I am both lazy and foolish and I see no reason why that will change now.

More importantly though, I don’t see what I could learn that would justify the destruction of Egyptian antiquities.  Regardless who these rioters are, this is as much a part of their heritage as the people in power.  These relics are priceless.  Evidence of one of the most amazing civilizations that has ever graced the surface of the planet.  And their willing to let their anger destroy that?  It is deplorable.  It is sad and they will regret this later when these irreplaceable pieces of their past are no longer there.

I understand they are angry.  I understand that they are trying to bring about change with the few means that they have.  I don’t know what side I would take in this, since as I have said I don’t know the situation.  Still, the destruction of the mummy is something that never should have happened.  It does you no good and deprives everyone of something miraculous.  If you are going to riot, don’t do stupid shit like that.

Of course, I’ve also heard that Egypt has killed all Internet access while this is going on.  I guess that means that no one who I would really need to convince will be able to read this right now.  Not that they’d listen to some stupid worthless American.  I just wanted to say it, though.  Just in case.

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About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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