Since we left Egypt during the demonstrations our time in the United States has had its ups and downs, and we have not yet decided when to return. It is always fun to return to family and friends, and we have taken great encouragement through times of sharing about our experiences. It has also been difficult to watch events in Egypt from afar, lacking interaction with the people who give depth and reality to the news.
It has also proven difficult to write. Our blog has suffered during this time away. Throughout the world people are familiar with the disruption and disorientation of transition. On the one hand, this blog should continue no matter our location. ‘A sense of belonging’ has no bearing on GPS. Rather, it is our hope to belong to the society in which we find ourselves. For the past year and a half, it has been Egypt. Over the past decade it has been various different Arab states. Why should it not now be America?
Perhaps we taking belonging here for granted. The familiarity level is such that no attention is given to the newness of experience or the lessons learned in life. If so, it is a dangerous warning. Soon, Egypt will also grow familiar. Will we then stop appreciating or learning from life? Will there be no reason to write and share?
On the other hand, transition is time consuming in ways that escape a normal accounting. Routine is disrupted and reflection is shortchanged. This is another factor that has caused our blog to go blank for a short while.
Your patience is appreciated, and we hope it will soon be satisfied. I have been working on a piece for work to describe the recent Egyptian military activity undertaken at three Coptic Orthodox monasteries. It has been a very controversial matter in Egypt, especially among Christians, and has caused a minor stir in the West as well. Tomorrow I will post part one of the report, which will outline the basic story. Part two will establish context to understand deeper issues which influenced each actor. Finally, part three will critique two news reports which were circulated in the English speaking world, revealing how headlines – and perhaps bias – can misrepresent a situation.
It felt good to be writing again; we hope you enjoy following along with our lives and perspectives once more. Thank you.