Vive la Révolution

Voice

Written by: Kristin Langeland

18.11.2020

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Kristin Langeland

Due to my fetish for history, I have always wanted to be part of a revolution. To be included in one of those moments in time that defined an era. Is my wish coming true?

I have imagined events such as witnessing the beheading of Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution or celebrating as the Berlin Wall came down uniting its citizens after almost 30 years apart.   

There is something utterly fascinating about ideas growing into action, uniting crowds, forcing societal changes, and paving a new way forward. Revolution means “change”. And all revolutions are initiated by someone seeking that change. Freedom, Equality, Liberty. These concepts do not exist in nature, they were created by humanity. Through revolutions.  

Sometimes Not So Self-Evident

When Thomas Jefferson claimed that  all men  are  created  equal, he certainly didn’t mean everyone. Not all men—and certainly not women. Now we hold different truths to be self-evident.   

Now amid a pandemic we put our trust in science to return to the world we knew. People are still getting sick and dying. The enemy is biological, not ideological. And worst of all: no one is in control. But no rally or demonstration can make it happen. All we can do is wait.  

We will defeat our common enemy. And now might be the time to reflect upon what this can teach us and what we can control. This pandemic has in no way been the “defining moment in history” I was longing for. But it has given me a greater appreciation for all the privileges given to me and everything I have taken for granted in a free, socially limitless world. These rights and privileges, driven by revolutions by those who fought our battles, so we never had to.

It is time we fight for those who still do not have freedom and equality.

Those who lack possibilities, food, water, and health care. Those who still lack equal opportunities.  

The revolution is not over. Lend your voice to someone who cannot speak for themselves. Our privileges are not real unless they’re universal. •

Kristin is a professional commentator and communications director.