The Present Disturbing The Past

7 Feb


          Looting is stealing during a time of disturbance  Looters can steal valuable objects in the midst of protests, revolutions, natural disaster etc.  However, it is more common during natural disasters for ordinary people to loot for food and supplies that are no longer easily accessible  Either form of looting is illegal because, though it may be honorable, it is stealing.  However, the looting of artifacts, painting etc. in order to sell for financial benefits, are condemned worldwide and illegal. 

National Geographic’s image of a shattered, severed Egyptian mummy speaks multitudes about mankind.  The subject was a victim of the looting during the Egyptian protests of late January 2011.  This picture portrays two different civilizations: an ancient and a modern.  It shows a great stepping-stone in civilization: a group of people who had amazing advances millennia before the modern era: The mummy represents one of the most valuable and proud legacies of ancient mankind.  It also represents the degradation of mankind in which, to some people, money is more valuable than a country’s ambiguous future, trying present, and abundant past.  It portrays members of the modern era who lack an appreciation for the art of the ages, by its disregard of a country’s past accomplishments and by taking advantage of its present trials.

 At least two ancient Egyptian mummies were shattered in an attempted looting of the Egyptian Museum.  Even though protesters did not commit this act, it has managed to include not only Egypt’s present and future but also, her past in Egypt’s recent events.  Often, as protesters’ attempt to forge a better future, or if a country is tarnished by a disaster, looters take advantage of their fellow citizens’ strides or stresses to satisfies their needs.


The image from Arabic broadcaster Al Jazeera depicts a soldier protecting damaged treasures and artifacts from King Tut’s tomb.  King Tut is a character that has had a lot of publicity through the ages.  King Tut’s fame as the ill-fated boy-king increased with Howard Carter’s excavation of Tut’s tomb and many treasures.  King Tutakhanman’s fame continued with the alleged curse attached to his tomb:  Once again this tomb has again made headlines, as artifacts from his collection have been damaged during the Egyptian protests.


The National Geographic portrays tanks surrounding the Egyptian museum in the midst of the late January Egyptian chaos.  The tanks were guarding their county’s valuable and precious history. However, at that time they were not guarding their people at a time when history was being made in their country once again.  The museums, which hosts millennia of the world’s historical jewels, were also protected by the people: who the army decided to protect as well.


An image from Euronews depicts the Egyptians and army protects the museums.  These Egyptians recognize the importance of preserving their past in spite of their endeavors for the future.  In this image the protesters are waiting for the army to come and guard the museums.  Eventually the military spread their protection to the protesters as well, which lead to the Egyptian revolution


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