Life in Alexandria is like the life of an acrobat; endlessly walking on the tightrope of change.
Walking in the void with no safety net is exciting and liberating but it can also be dangerous. We
don’t know where we’re heading, but at least we know now that we can choose a path without finding
ourselves face to face with some monolithic power. This is thanks to the work of activists and
bloggers, who have repeatedly tried and succeeded in challenging many ideological barriers. Through
the formation of online networks these activists have created the conditions needed for the
expression of a vibrant citizenship. For many years we have been sub-citizens, now we are active
members of our society. We can now experience to the true meaning of words like freedom and rights
while previously we were just confronted with their limitations.
In the past few months we have experienced an evolution-revolution., a very dynamic change that has gathered pace very quickly. If Alexandria had stood still it would have been like a hefty boulder which finally crumbled under the pressure of change. If the city were now to change too quickly, it would risk losing its essence, like a squeezed lemon. So now we are in the difficult position of mixing together these two extremes, the boulder and the lemon, we are living in a time of social and urban upheaval.