Anyone who loves life genuinely cannot but be a rebel. You will rebel against the all-pervasive evil that appears in the forms of diseases, natural calamities, and manmade disasters. You will rebel against malevolent bacteria and viruses. Your blood will boil when you see innocent kids dying because of any reason whatever. You won’t be able to accept a fraction of the injustice you see around you. If you love life. As Ivan Karamazov tells his fervently religious brother, “I don’t accept this world of God’s… I don’t accept it at all. It’s not that I don’t accept God, you must understand, it’s the world created by Him I don’t and cannot accept.”
This world is a terrible place where, in the words of
the Bard, fair is foul and foul is fair. A lot of great people have tried to
change that terrible situation. What else were the Buddha and the Christ and
the Prophet and the Mahatma trying to do? And what did we get because of their
efforts but more evil in the names of their respective religions? Should we go
on accepting this world as it is?
We needn’t if we choose. Rebellion is a refusal to
accept the evils and a simultaneous affirmation of the good. Rebellion is saying
No to certain realities and saying a louder Yes to better alternatives. Rebellion
is throwing out the junk and bringing in dignity.
Every act of rebellion is a nostalgia for innocence,
said Albert Camus. Only those who have traces of innocence left in their hearts
can actually rebel. The rest can at best only shout hollow slogans and throw vacuous
fists in the air. Rebellion is a genuine longing for a better world for
Rebellion is a sign of deep awareness. Every rebel
knows that he is just a lamb being fed by hands that will slit his throat
Rebellion may fail. Indeed often it is condemned to
fail. It will be suppressed. Remember the great rebels of the past? Even god-incarnates
had to end up on a cross or a burning stake. Vested interests win at any rate.
That is how the world is. And that is why the rebel must live. Even if he does
not win. If only to become what your soul was meant to become. You don’t rebel
for what you can achieve, but for who you are at heart. Rebellion belongs to
the heart. Rebellion runs in the veins.
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