Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt
So, what did you think of first: Rebel, the noun? One who resists the established authority, one who stirs others to resist with him?
Or did you think of rebel, the verb: to resist the established authority?
Well, a rebel will rebel, won’t he? lt’s one of those words that you can use either way, but the basic meaning is the same.
The origin of the word is interesting. The Latin bellum means war. And rebellis was a reference to a new declaration of war, usually on the part of the defeated.
A lot depends on perspective here. If you are the authority, the one who won the war, than any resistance is rebellion, right?
But if you lost the war, and you believe your cause was just and right, then rebelling seems the only good thing to do.
The one in authority doesn’t have to rebel. All he has to do is protect his position. But sooner or later, maybe even hundreds of years later, the rebellious will finally vanquish the authority, and a new order will be established—and the cycle starts all over again. The winners are now the losers, and the losers are the rebels.
I think I’m confusing myself.