30.01.17 Rebellion

“I do not understand why young people rebel. If young people just listen to their parents, they would learn all they need to know” Guess how. “Rebellion only takes place in one parent families, or families that are unstable. Rebellion only takes place when children / people listen to external voices and influences rather than internal voices.

“I disagree”, I disagreed “Where as there are some people who are easily influenced and led like sheep, there are some who are driven to rebellion internally. The whole concept of rebelling against your parents is a method of learning to challenge authority now so that you have the skills to challenge authority safely and with desired results in the real world.”

I then stumbled through some bad examples of my good point such as challenging decisions made by your boss at work, challenging politicians when they are corrupt and challenging governments when they no longer reflect our best interests.

Then from my cousins mouth came the reason for this article.

“If the slaves had not rebelled, they would not have been killed. If they had prayed, God would have resolved their problem. Look at General Bassa, if he had got on his knees and prayed for freedom rather than taking up arms and leading the rebellion in Barbados, he would have a testimony to give to the Lord, instead he died.”

I could not contain my frustration any further.

“So you are saying that slaves should have waited to be freed by God rather than fighting for their freedom. You would be content to sit on you knees praying with the whip being broken across your back waiting for divine intervention, while others fought and died for your freedom.”

“My duty is to my family”, he responded “My job is to protect them not rebel and cause trouble”.

I interjected “By rebelling you are protecting them. You are standing up for their rights and their place in society. Look at Moses, he rebelled by taking the slaves out of Egypt. Look at Martin Luther King, he rebelled as one of the leader of the civil rights movement.”

This statement now enraged my cousin who sat up from his relaxed posture to a more defensive poise.

“Now stop it Orlando” he insisted “I will not have you besmirching the name of Doctor King. The man was a leader not a rebel”.

“He was a rebel to the white governors, politicians and racists who did not want to see black people get equal rights or vote.” I exclaimed.

My cousin rubbed his head in dismay, refusing the thought of Doctor King being a rebel and not analysing what it meant to lead a civil rights group in the sixties in America under Jim Crow.

He shot back, “Next you will be defiling the name of the peaceful leader in South Africa, you know, whose name begins with M”.

“Do you mean Mandela?” I bellowed, now loosing all patience and no longer caring that I was a guest in my cousin’s home. “He was a rebel in its most violent definition. He was branded such by the British government when he bombed railway stations and government offices. He turned to peaceful protest when he was locked up for his crimes, crimes carried out to free South Africa from apartheid. You need to read a book. You need to read another book other than the bible and expand your historical and philosophical references”.

By this point I had lost my composure and had started responding to his passive not so subtle insults of, “If you had read your bible you would see…” with my own “if you had read more widely you would see…”

At several points of clarity I tried to move the conversation away from is Deus Ex agenda, but each time was dragged back into an ‘actions of man verses waiting for God’ conversation.

The hour grew late, and I said my farewells, even then dogging the well meant, but misjudged and misplaced comment from my cousin.

We should be left on better terms, we should have restrained our egos, but this is all too often where our debates take us.

~ by jeditopcat on 31 January, 2017.

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