For we wrestle not against flesh and blood…Ephesians 6:12
It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon in early September. I was sitting inside the Eumenian Hall in Dr. Tamura’s group discussion. On my notebook, I jotted down the following definition on revolution:
A movement initiated by the public with the ultimate goal to improve their well-being; can be achieved through various means (either violent or non-violent); results can be supplanted by new or opposing waves of thoughts or be offset by changes in the sociopolitical environment.
To me, especially as a student who is interested in political science, the word revolution contained only a sociopolitical undertone. Yet, after spending a year of being in the humanities class, I felt the word expanded in meaning. Copernicus’ new astronomical model not only provided a new perspective of understanding the universe, but also elucidated a different way of understanding humanity: humans are nothing more than intelligent bipods living on a insignificant planet orbiting a star. Reductionism in visual arts not merely produced artistic innovations, but provided hints on how human brain create and analyze images. My final project, which is focused on a mosaic in one of Moscow’s metro stations, explores the revolutionary “demotion” of Christianity as a vehicle of communist propaganda. To me, these revolutions, the innovation of thought, ideas, and concepts, leave indelible marks in history.
My new definition of revolution is:
A shift in the perspectives and attitudes through which we explore the world and examine ourselves.
To me, being a “
People from so many places come together to learn one common idea.
Different souls, one purpose: knowing what it means to revolutionize.
With this common ambition, we could connect, communicate, and create new thoughts.
The study of human history, literature, arts, ethics, and culture from a contemporary viewpoint; often involves cross-comparison between different works and rhetorical analysis; personal opinions and interpretations are encouraged and tolerated in such studies, as opposed to those of the sciences.
The experience of being human.