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December 2, 2006

a revolution (from Late Latin revolutio which means “a turn around”) am a significant change that usually occurs in a relatively short period of time. Variously defined revolutions have been happening throughout human history. They vary in terms of numbers of their participants (revolutionaries), means employed by them, duration, motivating ideology and many other aspects. They may result in a socio-political change in the socio-political institutions, or a major change in a culture or economy

Thank you Wikipedia.

A turn around. Seems to me that a “turn around” has been happening over the course of the past few years and I wouldn’t say it’s been the Good Guys winning.

Perhaps I’m just cynical. Could be. I’m kinda bent that way.

The thing that Wikipedia doesn’t address is the impetus behind revolution. Why? What would prompt you or me to risk home, safety, health and well being to sacrifice for a “greater cause”? Can I be responsible for that risk being extrapolated out to family, friends, and strangers?

Which greater cause do you choose?

My views differ from yours and neither of us agrees with Mr. Smith around the corner. What exactly would we be fighting for? That is if we can agree on the mode/method/purpose for the fight to begin with.

A revolution requires several things. 1) Conviction. Do you believe, unequivocally, that this “sudden change”, this “turn around” is vital to your survival and that of future generations? 2) Purpose. What is the end result of your clarion call for change and should it happens, do you have a plan to lead those who would follow down through the generations? 3) Strategy. How do you propose to go about this great change? Change merely for the purpose of change is petty boredom and immaturity. 4) Resources. People, $$, technology, etc, are the grease and fuel in the machine. Where is your stockpile? How and where?

I’m sure there are more factors that I’m not seeing. Maybe I should be more visionary and less accountant. It’s all about heart, isn’t it? Perhaps. Until you bury someone who followed your dream. Then the vision gets that much more difficult to bear.

It’s very easy to “talk revolution”. Yes we need a “turn around” in this country. No, I don’t like the insidious infiltration of societies filth into the nooks and crannies of our national soul. But, when we speak of the need for “someone to do something”, what exactly are we saying and why should your argument be more plausible than the next guy?

The only thing I can see for certain is this.

If and when there is a concerted effort to steer this country into a different direction there will be someone who pays the ultimate price. A big player or a mere pawn is irrelevant to my point. Someone will die. Might be in the 10’s, might be in the 100’s. Depending on the scale, maybe 1000’s.

Is your vision worth dying for? Because unless you are willing to answer yes and you are willing to sacrifice everything for it, the rhetoric seems a bit hollow.

  • Difster

    In one of the Federalist Papers, Thomas Jefferson said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

    Other than directly saving the life of another, I can’t think of any greater cause than liberty for which to risk or give my life.

    Already we’re willing to send our sons and daughters to foreign land to die for dubious purposes. But I think it takes a lot more for people to stand up against their own government.

    What is going to spark the revolution? I have no idea.

  • Erik

    Is your vision worth dying for? Because unless you are willing to answer yes and you are willing to sacrifice everything for it, the rhetoric seems a bit hollow.

    It the question if the vision is worth dying for, or is the better question is the present so bad that if you cant make it better than it is unbearable to live?

    And how many people feel this way? How does one know? Everyone knows that the phones, mail, email and blogs and even face to face conversations can be recorded. In this day and age it would be much harder to start a revolution because the individuals can easily be taken captive before the idea has a chance to spread.

  • Erik

    Is your vision worth dying for? Because unless you are willing to answer yes and you are willing to sacrifice everything for it, the rhetoric seems a bit hollow.

    It the question if the vision is worth dying for, or is the better question is the present so bad that if you cant make it better than it is unbearable to live?

    And how many people feel this way? How does one know? Everyone knows that the phones, mail, email and blogs and even face to face conversations can be recorded. In this day and age it would be much harder to start a revolution because the individuals can easily be taken captive before the idea has a chance to spread.

  • Erik

    Is your vision worth dying for? Because unless you are willing to answer yes and you are willing to sacrifice everything for it, the rhetoric seems a bit hollow.

    It the question if the vision is worth dying for, or is the better question is the present so bad that if you cant make it better than it is unbearable to live?

    And how many people feel this way? How does one know? Everyone knows that the phones, mail, email and blogs and even face to face conversations can be recorded. In this day and age it would be much harder to start a revolution because the individuals can easily be taken captive before the idea has a chance to spread.

  • Pablo

    Funny how that definition of revolution dovetails with “repentance”, and I know for a fact that Jesus believed that was dying for…

  • Pablo

    Funny how that definition of revolution dovetails with “repentance”, and I know for a fact that Jesus believed that was dying for…

  • Pablo

    Funny how that definition of revolution dovetails with “repentance”, and I know for a fact that Jesus believed that was dying for…

  • farmer Tom

    Heidi, completely off topic, ok.

    Remember several months ago, maybe more than several, I think it was your (father)? gave you all the details of his exam at the doctors?

    I sent along the words to a song, related to that topic. A friend from church just had his physical and got that exam as well. I found a video version of the song to play for him. If you are interested you can find it here;

    http://www.drunken-pumpkin.com/2006/07/
    ode-to-the-colorectal-surgeon/

    its good for a belly laugh.

  • BoysMom

    Difster, I don’t think it’s if you’re willing to die, but if you’re willing to see your child die as ‘collateral damage’, or risk having the child seized by those you’re revolting against. (One advantage our ancestors had, the government they revolted against was quite far away and didn’t have CPS.)
    Any sort of force-related revolution would risk that. There are visions I would risk dying for, but very few (one, actually) that I would put my children at risk for.

  • AspergantuS

    Revolution doesn’t necessarily mean taking up arms against the current government. There are several revolutions going on in this country right now and they are now speaking so loudly that they are getting the support of people in power and of influence.

    Revolution doesn’t mean someone has to die to make it happen, but it certainly could mean that someone could die as a result. I’m not going to name specific things and turn this into a politically oriented comment, I have too much respect for Heidi, but look around, there are revolutions every where.

    So I’ll end this on a light note…

    You might think I’m paranoid? Well… may be just a little, but like the late great Dr. Johnny Fever (WKRP) said, “Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you!”

    ***peace-out***