A closed fist is THE universal symbol that someone is angry and ready to fight. A closed fist in the air is THE universal signal that someone is ready to fight for their cause. When more than one person accumulates in one place with closed fist and hands in the air it is THE universal sign that a rebellion is taking place.
I don’t see myself as a rebel but I raise my closed fist for my cause. I’m not a freedom fighter, I’m not an insurgent nor am I a revolutionist. I don’t rise in opposition against established governments and I do not resist authority. I trust that for the most part those who have authority are doing the best that they can in an extremely challenging and evolving world. As naive as it may be I see the best in each and every human being that exist. It’s a fact that we are who we are based on the experiences that shaped us as we grew. I do not judge people for the human greed that often overtake those who set out with the intentions of changing the world in a positive way.
It’s important to understand that we are human beings that will certainly make many decisions that aren’t ideal here and there. I stand firm that I’m not a rebel but in a sense I am a rebel by some definitions of the word. I do revolt against things that try keep my desire for growth locked inside a box. And yes, while some boxes may hold valuable items of information; any type of box that does not help me understand the complexity of life holds no value. I ask, what’s the point of being placed inside a box if you can’t carry me where I desire to go?
Yes, by definition I “show or feel repugnance for or resistance to something” But by this definition aren’t we all rebels? Aren’t you a rebel if racism makes you feel disgusted and you fight against it? Aren’t you a rebel if you believe that marriage is for the existence of heterosexual people only and you fight against allowing gay marriage? Aren’t you a rebel if you fight against any religious information that is not of your belief? Aren’t you a rebel if you fight for equal rights?
The word rebel has taken on a negative connotation for many different reasons but by this definition we all are rebels fighting for our cause. Be aware that rebels fighting in the middle east and other countries for their right to believe in their own system is not the only type of rebellion that exist. I for one yearn for and fight for a spiritual revolution.
We all fight for what we believe and we all push back against things that contradict that belief, especially if we feel that some things should not be forced upon us. I happen to fight against two main things in life; spiritual bondage and life entrapment. We as spiritual human beings should be able to explore all the possibilities that exist in life without blow back from those who dare not venture into the unknown. We should also be free to challenge any form of regulations that clearly benefits the few instead of the many. If you can’t fight for the latter then you have given in to the oppression that keeps us divided instead of united.
If you look back through human history you will find many rebels. Do you think it’s a coincidence that almost every individual labeled a rebel was someone who lived in either poverty or captivity? Or was someone who fought against discrimination? Let me name a few for you
- Spartacus- notable leader of the slaves in the Third Servile War
- Zhu Yuanzhang, aka-Taizu-born in a poor village as the oldest of seven children, he joined a rebel army, became emperor and established The Ming Dynasty
- Pancho Villa-born as the oldest son in a poor peasant family
- Harriet Tubman– Born into slavery
- Nat Turner– Born into slavery
- Che Guevara-Argentine physician and revolutionary who played a key role in the Cuban Revolution, traveled south america and saw the poverty and wanted to change it.
- Mahatma Gandhi- was a lawyer who fought against British Government in an effort to seek Indian independence
This list could go on for so long that you would grow weary of reading it. The point I’m making is that rebels are only labeled rebels because they fight against things that should be every human right to have. It doesn’t matter the race or religion; what matters is the cause. And as long as there are people who want to limit what you need to have and know they will try to label you, them and I as people who like to rebel just because. But the truth is, every rebel has a true cause, it’s just a matter of whether or not you can relate to it.
If I must be labeled because of my beliefs then yes; I’m a rebel for spiritual freedom and expression. I’m a rebel for life exploration and I’m a rebel for limitless information that will benefit the masses. I’m not trying to start a war but I can understand why so many do when they are tired of being oppressed by someone else’s belief, rules and regulations. Especially when they do not benefit the people who need help the most. You too are a rebel for a cause; maybe it’s white supremacy or women’s equal rights or it’s being an advocate for equal adoption rights. No matter the cause it’s a cause you feel is worth fighting for and that makes you a rebel by definition.
Truth be told, I don’t like being told what to do and how to do it because “you say so’. That doesn’t work for me and it never has. It stopped working for me when I was a teenager and because of it I began rebelling against the rules my mom set for the house. I never truly learned anything when I was forced to learn something that someone else deemed important. I only began to truly learn when I was allowed to search for the answers by myself. This is likely the one thing that I still maintain in my life as an adult that I did as a teenager.
This rule remains true for kids and adults; when you tell someone what they can’t do you can be rest assured that they are going to go out and do it if they are curious about it anyway. No one likes being told what they can and can’t do, no one likes being placed into a box, no one likes having their back pushed up against the wall. When people feel oppressed they push back and they fight back. This is happening all over the world and while I disagree with the brutal murders that are happening across our beloved planet I can understand why riots and protest are happening. And if you can’t, then you are failing to relate to the cause that is almost always a cause for some form of equality and/or freedom. How can you not be a rebel for that cause?
I fight to help all of you grow more in all areas of your life and I will continue to find ways of getting you the information that is needed. I might not be able to free all of you from the bondage that engulfs you but I will certainly try but like the old saying goes, “You can lead a horse to the water but you can’t make him drink” but maybe just maybe I can get you to raise your fist in the air for the cause…
I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves-Harriet Tubman