The portents of change can take many forms. However,
change to society is often met with criticism and resistance. When such reforms are
challenged, the disaffected society takes revolution as its harbinger of change.
Understanding the harbinger
must include understanding the message. To understand the revolution, one must first
understand the "ingredients" or circumstances surrounding the birth of a
usually occur when an outspoken leader provides a focal point in which the disaffected
masses vent the grievances.
Revolutions also occur when
tensions between opposing parties reach a boiling point. These intense emotions are
unleashed through a catalyst, a major event that permits the outflow of emotion and
actions towards the achievement of a certain cause. Incidents such as the assassination of
political leaders, violence in protest rallies and terrorist acts are examples of such
Whether successful or not,
revolt always brings about decisive change in government, thus fulfilling the chief
characteristic of the said revolution. However, if the change is not satisfactory, chances
are events will repeat themselves and cycle towards a new revolution.
In conclusion, revolution
comes as a tool for the masses. An ineffective governing body will assuredly come under
intense scrutiny. If the will of the people is not followed, then a government, no matter
how strong, will fall under its own corruption.