Revolutionary

: relating to, involving, or supporting a political revolution
: causing or relating to a great or complete change

Source: www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revolutionary

Etymology

Revolution (n.): late 14th century, originally of celestial bodies, from Old French revolucioncourse (of celestial bodies)” (13c.), or directly from Late Latin revolutionem “a revolving,” noun of action from past participle stem of Latin revolvereturn, roll back.”

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.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.”

Emma Goldman (1869-1940, a major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism, an influential and well-known anarchist of her day, and a early advocate of free speech, birth control, woman’s quality and independence, and union organization.)

Bio Source:

www.lib.berkeley.edu/goldman/

“Revolution is not a one time event.”

Audre Lorde (1934-1992, A self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” who dedicated her life and creative talent to confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/audre-lorde

“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”

Aristotle (384 – 322 B.C.E., numbers among the greatest philosophers of all time, solely for his philosophical influence, only Plato is his peer)

Bio Source:

plato.stanford.edu/entries/aristotle/

“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”

Dorothy Day (1897-1980, religious figure, journalist, editor, activist, who worked for such social causes as pacifism and women’s suffrage through the prism of the Catholic Church)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/dorothy-day-9268575

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, “20th century inventor and visionary who chose not to limit himself to one field but worked as a ‘comprehensive anticipatory design scientist’ to solve global problems.”)

Bio Source:

bfi.org

“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.”

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, logician, essayist and social critic best known for mathematical logic and analytic philosophy)

Bio Source:

plato.stanford.edu/entries/russell/

“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief.”

Frantz Fanon (1925-1961, Martinique-born Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary and writer, one of few extraordinary thinkers supporting the decolonization struggles occurring after World War II, best known for “Black Skin, White Masks”)

Bio Source:

www.iep.utm.edu/fanon/

Meditation

“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”

— Dorothy Day

 

Please forgive me, sojourners, for making this entry very short.  I have been a little bit under the weather and needed to rest.

But, I did manage to research today’s word along with some great quotes from some of the great minds of our world.  I receive great joy in discovering the giants that came before us, and the doors they opened for humanity.

I whole-heartedly agree with Dorothy Day that real revolution has to begin with the transformation of our hearts, commitment to our inner work, and healthy participation in our communities.

Personally, my heart’s revolution is the only way I am able to change my life and become more of a world citizen and cosmic being.  It can be challenging at times, but necessary.

Prior to my heart commitment, my world was small and my vision was narrowly-focused and self-centered.  But, that was necessary stage of conscious development so that I could revolve to a more substantial stage of awareness.

I would like to remember to have equal compassion, understanding, and forgiveness for others who are also navigating themselves through their own stages of consciousness.

Be well, my brothers and sisters!

Much Love, Tonya

 

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