I have had this question on my mind for quite some time now and it is now ripe and ready to be released.
“How do we, young people, use our resources (wisdom, feelings, observations, experiences) to change situations (or our reality) without using rebellion for the mere sake of rebelling, mostly because it feels like the best and most attention-grabbing way of going about things?”
As most of you know, I am participating in an intense, eye and heart opening program called the International Youth Initiative Program and since I have embarked on this journey a lot of my thoughts and methods have been challenged. I expected this and I am embracing it all, as difficult as it has been. It has brought much learning and growth. Which I am grateful for.
One of my main observations is that young people throughout the ages have used rebellion to bring certain points across, mainly to express dissatisfaction with what is.
Rebellion appears to be a default action of the human spirit. We have all experienced the feeling of deliberately going against what is asked of us, for many different reasons. Sometimes for the mere reason of rebelling.
Because we can.
There is most certainly a place for rebellion.
So my question is how can we use this powerful tool in a constructive way. In a way that builds rather than destroys?
That when that force from within erupts, it creates, influences and supports a positive outcome.
It becomes a mockery and loses it’s power when young people use it just to get a rise out of people. (And that can be so much fun, I’ve been there and sometimes still find myself there)
“The rebellion in young people is not a crime. On the contrary: it is the fire of the soul that refuses to conform, that is dissatisfied with the status quo, that cries out that it wants to change the world and is frustrated with not knowing how.” The Rebbe