To rebels, with or without a cause

All the world loves a rebel, specially without a cause. It keeps the world balanced. Just like checks and balances are essential to democracy, so is the wo/man who says no. I remember a Tata Steel ad which used to come in Reader’s Digest, which was all about how bosses should keep away from yes men and keep the man who says no, near to them.

Rebels and the minority question

You need to defend yourself when you vote against a majority. Like the man in Israel Harrowitz’s marvellous play, The Line, then you might even end up getting enough followers to form a majority. The Line is about a man who turns when he is the last in the line, and people then stand behind him, so he forms the new line.

Today’s rebel is tomorrow’s conservative

The cycle needs to go on, so that society and culture keep renewing themselves. Fellow rebels give me strength. It takes courage to stand up against powerful people, but it’s important. Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely, as Lord Acton says.

An alternative etymology

On a lighter note- when I was teaching in an NGO, I had a student who asked me whether rebel means that you have rung the bell again! We all need to keep ringing bells, making a ruckus, so that we can’t be silenced.

Here’s to the crazy ones. The angry young men and women. Whatever people call us, we like to march to the beat of a different drummer. Rebels make the world go round and stop it too. Of course it is better if the cause you support as a rebel benefits from your rebellion, but even if it doesn’t, dissent is important.


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