Change is in the air

The world is closing in/ did you ever think
That we could be so close/ like brothers?
The future’s in the air/ I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change

Take me to the magic of the moment/ On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change

The wind of change
blows straight into the face of time,
like a stormwind that will ring the
freedom bell / for peace of mind.

-Scorpions, 1990

KSA is changing, slowly but surely. Sometimes it seems too slow and we get caught up with pointing fingers and complaining however the indicators are all in place.

Indicators are funny little things- tiny blips within the sea of noise, often meaningless unless examined together, within a context. In the case of KSA, they are all pointing in the one direction- social reform.

Every month, every week and almost every day, there is at least one story about some sort of change happening officially. They range from drafting new laws on sexual harassment to conferences and panels on divorce, child abuse, women in the workplace. In addition, combating extremism at its very core is also making the headlines. Crossroads of Arabia has links to many other articles.

The attitude changes are hard to document but can be seen through actions. From the bling on abayas (even in Riyadh) to the popularity of Facebook, these are all subtle (or not so subtle) indicators of changes to come.

The question is, do we have the patience to allow a change to gradually emerge? There are three competing generations within KSA: the ruling/decision-making elders in their 60s (and up), the businessmen in their 40s (and up) and the youth chafing for change in their 20s (and up).

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3 Responses

  1. […] is one more indicator that the wind of change is blowing. It would be better if KSA started developing a good media/movie censoring/cleaning-up board that […]

  2. […] There is however a growing number of women who are enrolling in medical school and entering the field as doctors, dentists and lab workers (no nurses yet). Yet another indicator of change. […]

  3. Nice post….

    When I try to convince others on this, they just dont get how the “change” is happening!
    Everyone is like “change will not happed in a monarchial system”.

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