Congratulations and compassion.

I am not the first to say it, and I will be far from the last:

Congratulations are in order for Egypt today.

It can’t be said enough.

It can’t be said enough, because words are what got this going. It was words, communication, and the refusal to be stifled that helped set an entire country free.

That’s something we need to remember. The power of words, the power of people, that innate ownership of dignity and rights.

I’m not saying anything new, here, but that’s okay. It’s a mantra we keep in the back of our heads, like humanity’s most basic prayer, but words can lose their power if they’re not shared.

And so Egypt is learning to be loud, and the world is listening. The world is talking.

This is a fucking amazing thing.

And it serves as a reminder for something just as basic and true:

We have a responsibility to raise our voices for those who cannot do so for themselves. Repressed peoples, children, animals — all living creatures deserve to be treated as such.

Which brings me to my second point:

It’s not just the people who are suffering.

When humans wage revolts and wars, animals generally end up on the sidelines. Their masters may now be free, but that doesn’t mean anything to them — their own needs are even simpler.

Food. Water. Shelter. Love.

And these are all things we can help to give to them.

There’s no better way to celebrate rights and freedom than compassion, if you ask me.

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