A Solitary Spark Which Lit The World Aflame:
Mohamed Bouazizi & The Arab Spring
This weekend was truly momentous. It began with the demise of one of the longest ruling dictators in history, when Muammar Gaddafi was killed in the cross fire occurring in his hometown of Sirte, in the North African coastal country of Libya on Friday. It ended with the world’s focus moving a mere few hundred miles to the north west of Libya’s border, to the impoverished North African country on the Mediterranean, Tunisia.
On Sunday, Tunisia held its first democratic elections with over 80% of that country’s population turning out to vote.
A year ago at this time, most of the Arab world was under dictatorship rule. The massive political and sociological changes which have swept through that part of the globe are unto themselves overwhelming, but these society altering forces become almost incomprehensible when realizing they all have occurred in less than 10 months.
Even harder to believe is the realization that the overturning of these dictatorships throughout the Arab World all began with the actions of one solitary impoverished man. A vegetable and fruit vendor who out of defiance to the Tunisian totalitarian regime, sacrificed himself in the god-like act of self immolation.
Mohamed Bouazizi was only 26 when he publicly burned himself alive in Tunis last December, but his seemingly superhuman sacrifice was the catalyst and battle cry taken up by multitudes of people throughout the Arab World, which led to the ousting of the dictating regime in Tunisia. The political upheaval in Bouazizi’s home country in turn, resulted in a wild fire, domino effect of government over turnings and uprisings of the masses who demanded that Justice be redefined throughout the Arab countries of Egypt, Syria, Libya, Bahrain, and Yemen.
In my article, “An Act Of Mythic Proportions: Self Immolation – The Catalyst Of The Arab Spring” I observed how Mohamed Bouazizi’s actions were epic in scope, both by the extreme nature of his act of self immolation as well as the deed’s overall archetypal significance.
Bouazizi’s act of self sacrifice was in every way, astrologically momentous when considering the element of Fire. The young Tunisian was born under the first of the fire signs, Aries, and lit himself aflame when the Sun, ruler of the 2nd fire sign, Leo was positioned in the last fire sign of Sagittarius, on December 17th, 2010.
Upon hearing Mohamed’s sister, Leyla Bouazizi, being interviewed by the international press yesterday, I became choked with emotion. When asked what she thought her brother’s reaction would be to the people of Tunisia holding their first democratic elections, Leyla’s reply described her brother in true Aries fashion. She stated how completely overjoyed Mohamed would have been, and how he would have celebrated in the moment, immediately forgetting all the pain and hardship he underwent when realizing his suffering had led to this historic day for his people.
In honor of Mohamed Bouazizi, please read my article which tells the story of how one man literally changed the world as we all knew it.