Hello, greetings and salutations to all who

chose to read this column. I would like to thank you

for joining with me as we embark on this journey toward

the Second American Revolution. Even though the First

American Revolutionary War ended in 1776, those ideas

that were held sacred at that time (individualism,

capitalist/imperialist expansion, those males of European

descent who were materially lacking, women, and peoples

of other racial backgrounds were considered to be inferior)

are still held in high esteem these days. You may not

think that unconsciously we still hold these viewpoints,

but we certainly do. That war didn't change the destructive

ideology of disconnectedness, that all things are disconnected

or unrelated, and thus can be destroyed without any

remorse or remedy.

For that war to be considered a "true" revolution,

it would have had to live up to its creed produced

in the Declaration of Independence, that all men are

created equal.

If the Revolutionary War was truly a "revolution,"

it would have created a different role for women and

men who were propertyless to play in the building and

shaping of the United States; it would have eliminated

enslavement of Africans, Europeans and indigenous peoples;

and it would have fostered a mutual sustainability

between the indigenous peoples already in existence

in this land and the natural world around them, amongst

other things.

Why must we make this change in ourselves and in all

of our relations and actions? Why should anyone care

in this age of technology and material abundance in

this, the so-called "richest country of the world"?

The change must be made because we can no longer continue

in this path, it is time that we reclaim our worldly

and earthly knowledge that all things are connected

and that what happens to one organism in the "web of

life" affects us all indirectly or directly. It is

not enough to just believe in socialism or communism

if we are not willing to change ourselves to make the

world a better place for us all, not just those believing

in revolution.

Throughout my stint as a columnist, I will explore

the various aspects of revolution, as it will take

place in this country. I know that I don't know all

of the answers or all of the questions, but my search

for them keeps me yearning for more.

I believe that recognizing the distinction between

a revolution and a rebellion is an integral part of

educating yourself on what to do next in terms of changing

yourself and the world. I prefer to utilize the distinction

between rebellion and revolution mentioned in a pamphlet

entitled "Manifesto for an American Revolutionary Party,"

written by the late James Boggs.

"Rebellion is a stage in the development of revolution

but it is not revolution. It is an important stage

because it represents the standing up of the oppressed.

Rebellions break the threads that have been holding

the system together and throw into question its legitimacy

and the supposed permanence of existing institutions.

A rebellion disrupts the society but it does not provide

what is necessary to make a revolution and establish

a new social order. To make a revolution, people must

not only struggle against existing institutions. They

must make a philosophical/spiritual leap and become

more 'human' human beings. In order to change/transform

the world, they must change/transform themselves."

If you are interested in ideas such as those mentioned

above and want to bring it to a local level, here at

UT, then ponder upon the ways that education in this

country and its institutions can be changed in structure

and mannerisms.

Why is there elitism existent in education institutions

and reinforced in them? Why is there a hierarchical

construction present in all situations, whether it

be student-teacher, graduate student-undergraduate

student, administrator-student, and so on? Why do we

continue to accept the reality that education institutions

only prepare us to become labor in this capitalistic

society? Why aren't we taught integrated education

where we learn about the world around us as well as

get a chance to find out who we are? What can be done

to change the way things are? As long as we go about

this, believing that all things are unrelated and disconnected,

then we will never have a unified force of people willing

to transform themselves to transform the world around

them.

Irucka Ajani Embry is a third-year student majoring

in civil and environmental engineering with a sincere

interest in life.

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