Arab Nations Nations Covet Democracy, But Not its Freedoms
In a Jail cell, Jodie Foster who plays an FBI Investigator tries to interrogate a psychopath, played by Anthony Hopkins in a scene from the 1991 award winning movie The Silence of the Lambs. As the back-and-forth dialogue intensifies, the prison inmate leads the FBI agent down a path into the most basic of human natures. Read On:
Hannibal Lecter: First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius - of each particular thing ask: What is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek?
Clarice Starling: He kills women...
Hannibal Lecter: NO. THAT IS INCIDENTAL!! What is the first and principal thing he does? What needs does he serve by killing?
Clarice Starling: Anger, um, social acceptance, and, huh, sexual frustrations, sir...
Hannibal Lecter: NO! HE COVETS !! That is his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? Do we seek out things to covet? Make an effort to answer now.
Clarice Starling: No. We just...
Hannibal Lecter: No. We begin by coveting what we see every day. Don't you feel eyes moving over your body, Clarice? And don't your eyes seek out the things you want?
In some form or fashion, we all covet. We yearn for things we see most of the time, we lust for the finer spoils of life, to be seen sleepless in the corner office, and to be heard rambling on television. We wouldn't mind surmounting countless boulders with a timeless zeal oblivious to the parched earth on which our tender feet are being forced to tread on. In the end, while basking aloft on the summit we realize that much of the joy is actually behind us.
Despite this, there are those who desire that which may just prove to be a shade better than what they already possess. They throng their nations capital city squares, maraud government property and have given the age-old crime called arson a new human face. Much of this and even more is all fodder for an over-hungry press ever too willing to cover just about anything.
CNN's Anderson Cooper may have taken a few blows on his face a fortnight ago on the streets of Cairo when the uprising in Egypt reached its zenith, but the real fight may be around the corner, maybe 6 months or a even year away.
The main opposition party in Egypt - the Muslim Brotherhood is lying low right now biding its time, waiting for the opportune moment to reveal itself.Continued on the next page