When you heard the word Rebellion, What is the first thing that comes into your mind? Terrorism? Radicals? Or Extremists? During my early years in High School, when I heard the word Rebellion, it meant deliberately neglecting my parent’s guidance, but those thoughts changed when I ventured into college.
When I was in college, I then knew that Rebellion has its own degree and category based on an individual’s point of view or how these individual’s perceive the word Rebellion. A child’s manifestation of rebellion could mean not paying attention towards a child’s environment after being deprived of their want.
Second, in a teenage mindset, it could possibly lead them into skipping classes, walk out in the middle of conversation with their parents and worst if it led to drug addiction. And finally, in an adult/professional point of view, Rebellion could mean sedition, mutiny or movement against their own government.
However Rebellion doesn’t exist unless there is a cause or an objective why Rebellion takes place. Let’s not get into too much detail and let’s narrow our thoughts into Rebellion against a certain government. According to our Professor, there are two factors why Rebels exist. Rebellion based on Poverty and Rebellion based on Intellect.
Rebellion based on Poverty:
Individuals coming from poor family background are less fortunate to attend to school and avail privileges of a good quality of education. Once an individual are deprived from education, they see people with intellect more superior that them. Another thing is when these less educated individuals encounter such abusive people with intellect they are lured towards comfort and special benefits being promised by the latter and just being used for their own interests. In the Philippines, these less educated individuals are paid PHP 10,000 (217 USD) to die for these type of people. And I came into realization that I’d rather die with an empty stomach rather than to deprive my future kids with good education.
Rebellion based on Intellect:
I am just wondering how these militant leaders fight a government with highly sophisticated equipments from barren and remote areas. And when I read some articles about these leaders, I felt amazed yet sad about their background. Some of which are rich individuals who even possessed huge companies and had lived a life in luxury. Others even excel in school as top notch in their respective fields and some are even professors in various institutions. But why are these brilliant people capable of leading rebels and fight even their own government? It’s simply because they see some fault that ordinary citizens aren’t aware and one thing that bothers me are their ideology. When they see there is a better government organization than that of their own government which they reviewed thoroughly through knowledge acquisition and research they try to create a faction to force the government towards their ideology and belief.
That’s why education for me is like a sword with blades on both sides that could either lead you to positivity or otherwise. In support to these, education plays a vital role in our daily activities particularly in perceiving the norm. we might challenge it someday according to our own logical thinking and ideology. So before we judge these individuals, we have to understand first their background. What are they fighting for, their objectives as well as their belief.
Rather than facing them head-on and using violence, we should negotiate with them in a civil and educated manner.
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