The Meaning And Importance Of Protest And Revolution In Modern Society

revby Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
many of you, who follow my blog on a regular base, are aware that I am born in the Zodiac star sign of the Aquarius. An air sign, that is said to carry the characteristics of being humanitarians, very keen on exploring their personal freedom, often visionaries for the collective and the most revolutionary people on earth.
I think without being aware of it, that even in my earliest childhood I represented the archetype of the revolutionary rather well, which did not always play out so comfortable for me. Just because of the way how I saw the world and talked about my approach to life, people felt triggered by me, irritated and in need to defend their lifestyle. So during these days of intense change in the world, I finally took a look at the official english dictionary definition of protest and revolution. And man, was I surprised!

Definition of revolution:
a: a sudden, radical, or complete change
b: a fundamental change in political organization; especially: the overthrow or renunciation of one government or ruler and the substitution of another by the governed
c: activity or movement designed to effect fundamental changes in the socioeconomic situation
d: a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something : a change of paradigm
e: a changeover in use or preference especially in technology like the computer revolution

Origin of the word:
late 14c., originally of celestial bodies, from Old French revolucion “course, revolution (of celestial bodies)” (13c.), or directly from Late Latin revolutionem (nominative revolutio) “a revolving,” noun of action from past participle stem of Latin revolvere “turn, roll back” – revolve.
General sense of “instance of great change in affairs” is recorded from mid-15c. Political meaning “overthrow of an established political system” first recorded c. 1600, derived from French, and was especially applied to the expulsion of the Stuart dynasty under James II in 1688 and transfer of sovereignty to William and Mary.

Definition of protest:
1: a solemn declaration of opinion and usually of dissent: such as
a: a sworn declaration that payment of a note or bill has been refused and that all responsible signers or debtors are liable for resulting loss or damage
b: a declaration made especially before or while paying that a tax is illegal and that payment is not voluntary
2: the act of objecting or a gesture of disapproval resigned in protest; especially: a usually organized public demonstration of disapproval
3: a complaint, objection, or display of unwillingness usually to an idea or a course of action went under protest
4: an objection made to an official or a governing body of a sportWomen's march Origin of the word:
Middle English, from Anglo-French protester, from Latin protestari, from pro- forth + testari to call to witness

So if revolution in origin simply means – to turn things around… and protest simply means – to peacefully stand for something or witness the testimony of others, how did we end up understanding this words as challenge or threat. Here are some quotes from wise people, how to understand the importance of protest and revolution for the creation of the Golden Age of Aquarius, words that can lead us the way.

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.
Douglas MacArthur

A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.
Eleanor Roosevelt

All the higher, more penetrating ideals are revolutionary. They present themselves far less in the guise of effects of past experience than in that of probable causes of future experience.
William James

There is a kind of revolution of so general a character that it changes the tastes as well as the fortunes of the world.
La Rochefoucauld

A non-violent revolution is not a program of seizure of power. It is a program of transformation of relationships, ending in a peaceful transfer of power.
Mahatma Gandhi

Revolution does not necessarily involve sanguinary strife nor is there any place in it for individual vendetta. It is not the cult of the bomb and the pistol. By ‘Revolution’ we mean that the present order of things, which is based on manifest injustice, must change.
Bhagat Singhbhagat-singhDear Ones, I hope you are motivated now and wide open in your mind, to see the next upcoming revolution not as much as a violent impact that changes your comfortable life, but a peaceful manifestation of long overdue changes for the Golden Age of Aquarius on planet earth!!
Love and Revolutionary Blessings!
Edith

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