I spent part of the morning in the square watching and photographing a group of young Egyptian students wearing plastic gloves taking garbage in both hands and neatly scooping it into black plastic bags to keep the area clean. This touched me in particular because more than once in this column I have quoted the aphorism that “in the history of the world no one has ever washed a rented car.” I used it to make the point that no one has ever washed a rented country either — and for the last century Arabs have just been renting their countries from kings, dictators and colonial powers. So, they had no desire to wash them.
Out of Touch, Out of Time - NYTimes.com
This reminds me of the time when Kuwait was under occupation by the Iraqis. All Kuwaitis volunteered to serve their country. There was the barber, the street cleaner.. etc. When Kuwait was liberated, the youth fell back to their comfort. Adversity made people cling to their country and gave them a sense of ownership when the enemy was trying to take it away from them. Once this adversity vanished we returned to renting the land.
The events in Egypt and Tunisia before that, and God knows who is next, are once in a lifetime monumental events. The people have awakened and asserted their ownership of the land! May this spirit spread to every repressed corner of this universe be it a country or otherwise..