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Revolutionary Potential -- How it Affects Societies Across the World

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"The decayingly decrepit and dying ruins of enforced Order of Society becomes fuel for the Fires of Chaos" - John Duran
Life is a feature, not a bug. -- Dan Echegoyen


The Fluidity of Revolution

The term "revolution" is often associated with political changes and drastic societal transformations. However, the concept of revolution extends far beyond the realm of politics, entailing fundamental changes that can occur in any field known to mankind. While revolutions are often admired for their potential to promote positive progress, they can also lead to negative consequences.

For instance, a revolution that devolves a nation into anarchy hardly represents a positive outcome. Similarly, the personal transformation experienced by an amputee, though undeniably fundamental, does not necessarily signify a positive change. Thus, not every significant change towards the future, is a positive one, hence the progression fallacy.

The inherent potential for revolution exists within every sphere of life. This revolutionary potential can simply be defined as the likelihood of experiencing fundamental changes to the current order of things. When order is compromised, it's either altered to a different order, or to chaos. And of course, that chaos, or new order, is formed from the ruins of the original state of order. As such our history is formed out of endless series of wars, and will resume evolving on the altar of order-fueled conflicts with one another.

Individuals who possess the capacity to trigger fundamental change can be regarded as revolutionaries. This potential, however, is not an intrinsic trait inherent to every individual. It is shaped by a multitude of factors, including personal circumstances, societal norms, and access to resources. Moreover, the path of revolution is rarely traversed alone. Collaborations, alliances, and resource distribution often prove essential for individuals seeking to implement transformative change in their area of expertise.

The pursuit of absolute stability in society, even if attainable, is an often futile endeavor. The very presence of individuals harboring revolutionary potential ensures that stability is not everlasting. These individuals, driven by their vision for change, challenge existing paradigms and push the boundaries of what is considered possible. They can either be employed or deemed a force to be reckoned with. However, discarding them could prove unwise. At the best scenario, discarding them would make you lose promising potential. At the worst scenario they will become vengeful.

However, revolutionary aspirations must be regarded with a realistic assessment of one's true potential. Individuals who overestimate their capabilities risk succumbing to delusions of grandeur, their efforts to revolutionize proving futile or even detrimental.

The Enduring Impact of Revolutions

Revolutions, whether positive or negative, are not always immediate. They and their affect may take time. Time to spread and manifest, sometimes even after the revolutionary's death. And at times, their impact might as well end with humanity's collective survival itself. In fact, some revolutionary changes occur as a coincidence, such as the invention of corn flakes, a favorite dish which was born out of a mistake.

The success of a revolutionary endeavor is, unfortunately, not guaranteed. While some individuals possess immense revolutionary potential, their efforts can be meddled by various factors, including a lack of resources, manpower, or expertise. Even with the necessary potential, unforeseen challenges can hinder the path to revolutionary change.

Revolutions often stem from an ambitious, ruthless human spirit. In addition, a resilience to endure and overcome adversity. Refusing to give up, when a goal can be accomplished, is an example of positive ruthlessness.

Revolutions, regardless of their nature often disrupt social stability, often catching the peaceful by surprise. This is because not everyone yields to the status quo, and their desire for change can lead to new transformations, not only in themselves but in others as well.

Ideas of absolute world peace and pacifism are often challenged by the inherent potential for revolution, as individuals may seek to transform societal structures, even if their revolutionary ideas are not objectively beneficial (or beneficial at all, for that matter).

The recent formation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan serves as a stark example of a revolutionary shift, albeit one that has been met with mixed reactions. Some Westerners view this change as a negative development, while certain Muslims may see it as a step toward a more religiously aligned society.

While the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has not been internationally recognized, its establishment, emphasizes the enduring impact of revolutions, even when they challenge established norms and structures.

The Resilient Human Spirit: Navigating Oppression and Revolution

The human spirit can be honed to become a resilient force, capable of enduring even the harshest of conditions, with enough traning and discipline. It is this formidable spirit that has allowed humanity to overcome countless challenges and progress throughout history. However, the human spirit is not immune to various forms of oppression.

Oppression can manifest in various forms, including political tyranny, economic deprivation, and social discrimination, such as racism, sexism and more. It is often employed to control and manipulate individuals, silencing resistence and the expression of the human spirit. However, oppression often has the unintended consequence of igniting the very spirit it seeks to extinguish.

In the face of oppression, the human spirit finds ways to resist and express itself. This resistance can take many forms, from peaceful protests and demonstrations to more radical acts of rebellion. Some even lie low just to exercise whatever the oppressors seek to eradicate. The human spirit's resilience is most evident in those who stand up against injustice, even in the face of great personal risk.

Revolutions often emerge as a direct response to oppressive regimes. They serve as a powerful tool for change, overthrowing unjust systems and paving the way for a more just and equitable society. However, revolutions are not without their risks, and they can sometimes lead to unintended consequences, such as violence and instability.

The decision to engage in revolutionary action is not one to be taken lightly. It requires careful consideration of the potential consequences, not only for oneself but also for society as a whole. Revolution often should be a last resort, employed only when all other avenues for peaceful change have been exhausted. He or she who fails to think like a competent villain, will have their plans foiled by either others, or themselves.


  • Revolutions, whether positive or negative, are a constant in human history, driven by a desire for change and a willingness to challenge the status quo. Their effects may be immediate or gradual, and their success is not always guaranteed. Yet, they serve as a evidence to the human spirit's ability to transform and reshape societies, and even itself.

  • The human spirit is a force to be reckoned with, capable of enduring even the harshest conditions. While oppression can suppress it, it cannot extinguish it entirely. Revolution, when fueled by legitimate grievances and carefully considered, can be a powerful tool for change. However, it is crucial to approach it with caution and a critical eye, ensuring that the path to change is not paved with further destruction and suffering that can be avoided.

  • The human spirit is a remarkable force, capable of both enduring oppression and sparking revolutions. It is this spirit, and the actions which represent it, that can serve as an engine to humanity's pursuit of justice, freedom, a better world to live in. However, it can be employed to the exact opposite efforts being made.

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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