A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Sunday, April 7th, 2019
Chapter Three: Narrative
A rebellion requires agency.
Rebellion does not spread by the experience of injustice alone, whether from the direct experience of a victim or from the experiences of those who bear witness to their ordeal.
The experience of suffering and the witness to it, have no more relevance than the voice of someone screaming in the vacuum.
Rebellion spreads by the narrative that is constructed around it, by the stories we tell about those experiences.
It is through narrative that the experience and witness of injustice metastasizes, becoming a cancer in the body of the villainous society.
Those narrations must be rooted in truth, there must be an actual historical referent to them, but the narrations must be told with flourish, generating empathy among the listeners. Every single person who hears the tale or listens to the song must be able to see and feel themselves in the place of the victim.
They must identify with them.
It is through narrative, reinforced by the beating of the drum, in harmonies and by striking the sacred chords that we are able to transfer the experience of the individual, to the hearts and minds of the whole.
There is no other way to perpetuate a rebellion.
The revolution will wind down and disappear without it, becoming just another ghost story to frighten children, it may even become co-opted by the powers of the corrupt.
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