Yesterday I wrote about how some of the things happening in Egypt are not necessarily new occurrences. These things that we’re seeing happen have happened before (some say in Tunisia). I argued that what is happening in Egypt is something that has been playing out in history in different ways for quite some time. Today, I’d like to take a closer look at some of the implications of what is going on in Egypt and how we might be able to mitigate some of the possible conflict.
I work with organizations to more efficiently allocate their resources and optimize their production. Right now, as I watch what seems to be the deterioration of equilibrium, I am struck by how this could have been avoided. When the protestors first began their charge, things seemed to be very peaceful — on both sides. As time went on, and it was clear where things were going to have to go in order for the demonstrations to end, things slowly started to take a turn for the worse.
First, we heard about reporters being attacked or reporters being told that they weren’t welcome in the country. Then, we started to hear about the escalated violence in the streets. Pretty soon, now we’re hearing reports of deaths as a result of this situation in Egypt. Like I said yesterday, I won’t begin to say that I fully understand everything that’s going on and maybe what’s happening couldn’t be avoided, but I can’t help but wonder if this is not the case… especially with the kind of work that I am capable of providing.
It seems now that the government is in the midst of a transitional period from the old regime to the new powers that be. While this may seem like a ‘victory’ for the protestors, I wonder if this may be causing more harm than good. Particularly, I’m interested in how effective a new government can be walking into this kind of a crisis situation. Not only that, but the energetics of the situation. That is, I wonder if the people who are leaving their posts early shouldn’t be leaving their posts early because of the energetic relationships that they were maintaining, consciously or subconsciously, which was serving to keep the situation stable.
Every living thing in the world is dynamic — organizations included. The structure of an organization is forever changing with the people who move through the various positions. If one of those people happened to be the symbolic holder of the masculine energy (think: The Godfather) or feminine energy (think: Grandma), and the person who entered that position (or someone else in the organization) was not seen as fit to carry that energy, the organization can tumble into an awful downward spiral.
I wonder if part of what is happening in Egypt is because the energetic relationships within the Egyptian government were not healthy. This is not something that we’ll ever actually be able to cognitively evaluate (from the outside), but given how things have slowly fallen apart, I can’t help but wonder if having someone like me working with the government could have prevented the inevitable fallout.