A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Thursday, April 18th, 2019
Chapter Seven: Conflict
Life is competition, it is a perpetual state of striving against others for the stuff of life, whether that be clean air and water, food and energy, or social status and recognition.
Revolution is conflict, it is conflict without end, and every person is caught in the midst of it, whether they are active participants in a rebellion, or not.
A person may be in power, or in the opposition, or just a bystander. Regardless of the individual’s position, there is no escaping the forces of revolution.
The rebel must be hungry for it, must thrive in it, they must live with the desire for change burning inside of them, burning with a steady-quiet heat, until the moment comes when they explode into action.
There was no avoiding it.
A person either had to lead or follow, or get out of the way. No matter which side of the conflict they were on, or whether they were interested in participating at all.
What is paramount for the revolutionary is that they cannot know that the conflict they are engaged in never ends. To keep their commitment to the cause high, they must feel that the justice they are seeking is an inevitability.
They must see that their sacrifice matters, or they will not accept the suffering they will be called on to endure.
If they believe it, they will sacrifice themselves and everything that they love.
If their faith falters, they will fail, and one weak link in their chain is liable to shatter the work of the entire movement.
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