Thursday, September 22, 2016

Revolutionary Perspectives

Revolutionary Perspectives: Sacrifice, Blind Fate, Civil War, Defiance, Vengeance, Resistance

Popular revolutions tend to distill and intensify the human experience, packing every passing moment with the kind of dramatic developments that usually unfold over lifetimes. Acts of palpable hate, love, betrayal, fear and sacrifice become a daily occurrence. Acts of great heroism or villainy become commonplace. Every day the human drama unfolds in all its glory, vainglory and heartache, its chapters written in the hearts, minds and souls of its protagonists. It’s through the words and actions of these figures that the rest of humanity will get to experience the effects of what was deemed to be, geographically and temporally, an isolated, perhaps even contained, event. For popular revolutions have since the dawn of humanity been universal in their impact, not to mention timeless. Our awareness of this is of little or no import. It’s not awareness that matters here, not on the short run anyway, but the objective realities that have been changed by the revolutionary processes, the things in the fabric of our lives that have been irrevocably altered.

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