Here are lesson on manliness learned from someone in the protests of Egypt. I found it to be motivational and educational and think you'll resonate with it. An excerpt:
"A man is practical, not showy. I was armed with a hatchet and hunting knife, since I had read earlier that anything that couldn’t be used as a tool was dead weight. I used the hatchet to cut firewood to keep us warm at night and the hunting knife, well, cut things. Others were armed with butcher knives, clubs, sticks and swords. Some took it too far to look bad-ass: a man tied two butcher knives together, nunchaku style and hung them round his neck to look threatening. The man just made his neck an easy target. Another point, and I know many will not like to hear this, but a man who owns a gun who knows how to use it is a better man, period. Three men in our neighborhood had guns, and whenever we were on alert, we looked to them, since their reactions determined how the rest of us would respond."
Thanks for the link J. Getting rid of a dictator is empowering, but the hardest part is to get things put together afterwards.
In many aspects we went through something similar: You feel you achieved something as a population when you get rid of the big fish, but you dont realize until months or years later how much the image of our country has suffered. It's not about visiting the pyramids, I'm talking about funds and investment rushing out of the country and waiting for years before cautiously approaching little by little.
Notice how this young man clearly realizes how poorly armed he is. He doesn't even realize that besides not having a firearm, he just wouldn't know how to use it efficiently if he had it. Its like owning a car and no knowing how to drive. When facing trained attackers, even with the gun you'll have little chance of success. Get the gun AND the training now.
His view is a bit naive too. Muslims and Christians all holding hands and singing cubmaya wont last a snowball in hell. Especially during such times, there's going to be tensions and the neighbor he loves today will soon become the guy that breaks into your home when you're out.
Expect 9 out of 10 people to let you down, specially when you dont even know them. The lesson here guys? Get to know your neighbors today, that will give you a better idea of what to expect from each during hard times.