Taking a look around

Things are moving toward moving, though it has certainly begun to feel like a gauntlet. We’re working our way through inspection reports and hoping to address the list of little things that need fixing as soon as we possibly can, so that we can continue rolling toward relocation. This weekend, we replaced a well pump and ordered a new carburetor for the tractor. I also found a home for the rest of my goats–a very nice woman who lives just up the road, more or less, and who wants to show my milker at the county fair. Sounds good to me. I have about a dozen chickens left, and this weekend, we’re hoping to lay out a good deal of the equipment for sale to whoever happens by.

We’re inching along, even with this latest snowstorm. Making progress, however slow.

And since I know there is concern about the Great Big World out there, I thought I’d take a look at what’s going on in the region. Latest news check on Dubai reveals that “130 pro-reform supporters” have petitioned the UAE government requesting democratic reforms, including a popularly elected parliament.

UAE is a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula. It is not democractically governed. Several nearby countries have been experiencing varying degrees of expression, unrest and turmoil over their governments: Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia…and extending outward from there, Yemen, Jordan, Egypt and other North African countries.

Does this mean unrest is likely in Dubai or other parts of the UAE? I don’t know. It does put a spotlight on the country’s leadership, and as much as it may present any kind of threat, I believe it also presents an extended opportunity for the sheikhs to demonstrate how their government can be a viable, just and forward-looking alternative to democracy…or how they might embrace the chance to forge ahead into a uniquely Middle Eastern and/or Islamic representative government. Islam, in the Quran, explicitly prohibits oppression, and Muslim leaders must accept this standard and be prepared to answer for their decisions and actions–as believers, both in this life and the hereafter.

I’d like to think they will, and we’ll continue to watch with great interest, not only for ourselves and our own interests in the region, but for our brothers and sisters in humanity “over there.” At any rate, in terms of our safety, we are but a speck on a dot on a map, and the greatest threat to our well-being will most likely continue to be traffic.

In the day-to-day, I’m more burdened by the bureaucratic details of the move, which have me thinking that property ownership does not live up to the hype. But that’s another story for another day.

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