Humanistic ideals can be traced back to the beginning of time and within the last 1,000 years they have prospered more than ever. The majority of revolutionary ideals revolve around human equality, science, knowledge and influence.
The list of events that have signaled growth is exhaustive but is a reminder that the past prepares the future and prospers humanism. Looking back on these events it’s intriguing to consider the sequence of events that will play out within the next 1,000 years. Revolution is investing in people who have the potential to change the world by building disruption which leads to economic criticism and change. The success of change and progress rests in the power of the beliefs behind it. When a single person has enough courage to participate in accelerating evolution, the status quo is no longer accepted.
Thomas Jefferson’s plans for the nation were dependent upon western expansion and international markets. His vision was threatened when France regained control over Louisiana. When the Louisiana Purchase was offered Jefferson had not followed his own interpretation of the Constitution. Federalists scrutinized toward Jefferson that the Constitution didn’t permit the government to purchase new land. Although Jefferson was a man who was troubled by inconsistency throughout his career, he went through with the decision that the Constitution’s treaty-making would provide him with the room to act on his purchase.
The Louisiana Purchase was a demonstration of Jefferson’s ability in making a political decision regardless of the Federalist’s appraisal. Although the purchase contradicted some of his principles, guaranteeing western expansion was important enough to him that he took brave action. The gains that came from this decision were dramatic and contributed 13 new states to the union. Louisiana was the first state to join the union as purchased land.
Socrates, a Greek philosopher, could easily be the wisest sage of his time. He actively participated in Athenian democracy and military service throughout wartime. Socrates was condemned because he did not believe in the gods and took the risk of introducing new gods to the people. He was a man who taught valuable skills and rhetoric to the public which led him to his death sentence. He was an object of ridicule known for irony and his pursuit of knowledge.
Socrates gave political thought to ethics and laid a foundation for modern science. Although he was heavily condemned, he influenced both Plato and Aristotle. One of the few philosophers throughout history recognized for his work, he chose to die by standing up for what he believed in. Recognized as the wisest man in Greece, his influence cannot be accurately measured. He had a direct prevalence on modern society through visionary insight and personal conviction.
Karl Marx became interested in the development of history and the changes that were passing through society with his idea of historical materialism. Marx began to believe that a communist revolution was the inevitable consequence of evolution. He became more involved with the communist movement where he sought to defend himself against the anarchist wing. After the revolutions swept through Europe he’d found that he was under suspicion from French authorities in which he left to continue his work in London.
Socialist rejected Marx’s idea that socialism can be performed through revolutionary acts. There were anarchists who rejected his idea and the fundamentals of Marxist theory. Criticism was aimed toward his labor theory of value and his thoughts on socialism. Marx’s work influenced modern political and social theories, capitalism, democratic process, civil rights theorists and post modernism. The impact of these movements can be seen everywhere from communism to socialism. Although criticized heavily, Karl Marx continued his studying and stayed true to his belief system.
In as little as 32 years Schubert became a legendary composer by writing 600 lieder, nine symphonies and solo piano pieces. Appreciation toward Schubert’s music during his lifetime was limited although the interest in his work increased throughout the decades that followed his death. Schubert is currently seen as one of the leading exponents in the early Romantic era. The public displayed Franz that his work was so boring that it would put listeners to sleep in which he replied by stating that the freedom of his music made him feel as if he were in paradise. Being that his pieces were aesthetically new and unheard of many could not appreciate the meaning behind his ‘purposeless play.’
His composure impacted music in an attempt to bring order out of chaos in sound and suggest improvement in audio creation. Listeners of his music appreciate its essence because it focuses on three areas of interest: The individual, change and relation. His themes are compared to the living individual who possesses their own value of appreciation. His music is said to be frequent from one key to another which poses as a continuous change reflecting the expression of change in life and subtlety. Schubert’s music isn’t controlled and is ‘let go’ for the sake of individuality instead of order.
Temperance movements were the first seeds of feminism throughout the 1800′s. The Seneca Falls Convention was organized in the year 1848 to rally socially minded people together for the purpose of discussing the status of women within society. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott were denied seats when they attended the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London which pushed them to organize Seneca Falls. Stanton created the Declaration of Sentiments, outlining the need for equality amongst both men and women. As a result of this movement, Anti-Suffragism came as a political movement composed of women. This movement was against women’s suffrage and associated with domestic feminism.
Economic roles were increased as a result of the suffrage movement which created higher expectations of the female role. By the twentieth century women had the opportunity to attend college and train for a profession. They began to work in male dominated professions and secure their own place in society. Being that there were more educational opportunities for women, they’d found potential in more professional careers. Women’s salaries eventually increased which was a huge juncture in society.
Throughout the 1960s, music was liberated through public opinion, invention and dance. One of the greatest and most controversial artists of all time spawned from Bob Dylan. He is known as one of the greatest influences on popular culture and expressed his ideas after being affected by current events. Dylan was persistent in the idea that politics was an integral element within his song and that the current social issues at the time were more important than his success in music.
Bob Dylan wrote songs about war and love when civil rights movements were taking place. As a voice of generation he’d been the subject of criticism toward all walks of life. As an artist he took the genre of rock and provided it with meaning in a much deeper and more expressive form. Throughout Dylan’s career he made subtle political gestures and wrote occasional ballads which made way for breakthrough Rock n’ Roll artists such as The Beatles.
The influential social movements of the 19th century changed the course of our nation. The most dramatically successful movement was the effort to free the slaves in which Antislavery organizations provided lectures and support for the cause. Antislavery speakers from America lectured in the U.S., Ireland and England. In the early years of the movement abolitionists believed that the influential leaders would support them in abolition. They suffered disillusionment when help didn’t come and criticism toward their efforts increased. It wasn’t a refusal to participate on the behalf of businessmen, churches and leaders. There were vigorous oppositions that turned violent, contributing to the violence of slavery and not personal efforts.
As a result of the abolitionist movements the institution of slavery ceased to exist in Europe and America by the year 1888. Even though it was not abolished completely until the first quarter of the 1900s, the anti-slavery movement led to great achievement and was the liberation of millions of slave; a reflection of human rights and a new found freedom.
Imperialism was a concept that gave nations a chance to compete with one another for the purpose of growth. Nations had the chance to spread their own philosophies and exploit natural resources. Imperialism came in varying forms from economic to political. Nations were looking for ways to expand and Imperialism seemed like the most fitting alternative in seeking to extend formal empire through colonialism. This gave way to dominant nations that had the capacity to manipulate political leaders and nations less developed. At the time not everyone was benefitting from Imperialism and the indigenous populations were motivated to embrace a Western way of living which ended up becoming more civilized. Cultures and indigenous languages became eroded which led to disharmony and violence. These outbreaks came from critics who disagreed with the competition in resourcefulness.
The benefits of Imperialism vary depending on the community. Throughout the 19th and 20th century, the US followed European example by establishing a policy of expansion which led to world power. Many argue that Imperialism in America helped to defeat Communism and corrupt government behavior. It is also said to have created liberal institutions in place of oppressive governing.
Abraham Lincoln dealt with the crisis of America’s civil war, faced with a national emergency in Congress and subject to criticism because of his supposed limit on civil rights when he’d suspended the writ of habeas corpus. Habeas corpus allowed for the detainment of those who were suspected in sympathizing with the Southern Cause. Abraham Lincoln justified his actions by claiming that it was necessary to the powers of presidency and to circumventing the Constitution to preserve the nation. His broad interpretation of executive power was approached by two other wartime presidents, Wilson and Roosevelt.
Regardless of the criticism Lincoln was subject to, the most important decision that he made was his declaration to preserve the union. In the end his decision to fight the war ended in the US remaining one nation instead of spitting up into two countries. He was criticized harshly for stepping over the common bounds of executive power but was faced with the greatest threat to federal authority. His decisions preserved the nation and initiated the freedom of slaves.
Harvey Milk was a man who dreamt of a world filled with equality and justice. A ground breaking election was held in the year 1977 when Harvey was elected as one of the world’s first openly gay officials. He had served less than one year in public office before he was violently assassinated because of his sexuality. Criticized by many Harvey remained in office until his efforts were brutally taken away from him. He remains a symbol of freedom within a community which brought forward new hope and a vision toward freedom of expression.
His legacy inspired the Harvey Milk Foundation which was organized by his nephew, Stuart Milk. Stuart visited collective communities in his honor by spreading messages and stories to people from all over the globe. The foundation remains a non-profit program with goals to empower communities in hopes of others understanding the power of Harvey’s story and collaborative efforts. It is a foundation that strives for a government that celebrates diverse empowerment in which all individuals can fully participate in society’s rights without scrutiny. Harvey Milk energized a generation of souls that sought change and political enthusiasm.
Alexander Hamilton is one of the few non-Presidents to have appeared on modern currency although his work contributed heavily to the banking system which is the same way that he’d envisioned. Hamilton was aware that he was playing with fire by opposing the federalists’ political theories but he managed to issue a study that outlined the need for a strong national bank. The details within his study stated that a strong bank would provide the nation with safe and protected deposits and organized regulation. Hamilton was subject to criticism because he opposed the federalists and was not fully supportive of the Constitution.
His impact on American history is one of the most undermined of any names that are recognizable. Hamilton was a proponent in possessing a strong central government and his personal theories made way for the New Deal programs. The aftermath of Alexander’s plans was infinitely superior and any other system would have been abandoned after implementation if it weren’t for his banking system.
Throughout her lifetime Emily Dickinson wasn’t as well known as she’d came to be after having passed away. Dickinson lived in seclusion giving titles to only 24 of her poems. Very few of her pieces were published and were often scrutinized for being sentenced in a way which acknowledged her as a significant writer after her time. Outsiders often criticized Dickinson’s revolutionary style and attempted to fix her poems using basic writing styles. Emily was the type of writer to create verses in abundance and question the conventional rules of society. With a rigorous literary standard she was ahead of her time in terms of eccentric thinking and writing.
Emily Dickinson contributed toward literature through her work and the use of poetic metaphors. Dickinson was one of America’s early female poets which made way for females within the literary world. A crucial issue at the time was religion in writing which she wrote about fearlessly through personal opinion. If not the greatest, she is one of the most significant American poets of all time due to her courage in elaborating on topics that were often ridiculed in the public eye. Speaking out as a woman made her out to be targeted even more so than if the opinions and ideas were coming from a male figure. Dickinson made way for individual writing, poetic style and feminist ideas in literature.
Mara Hari is a name that the public seems to recognize yet possesses little knowledge of. Mata is one of the ultimate fallen women recognized in history and a supreme femme fatale. Here was a female who had created her own identity and branded her image by using an idea and selling her name through the use of it brilliantly. She was an advertiser of dream as an undercover spy and exotic dancer. Her occupational undertakings categorized her as a fearless woman regardless of the judgments that women and men possessed of her undertakings.
There was carelessness from Mata Hari that spoke for herself and her own ideals after she had been executed for her brave undertakings in working as an undercover spy. It was her lifestyle, her independence, ability to travel the world alone and her selfishness which brought about dislike from many who disliked her social convention. Although Mata Hari expressed herself in different languages and relations, she possessed an immorality and integrity that motivated women and the role of a fearless female in society.
John Steinbeck offended much of the public after having written “The Grapes of Wrath” due to the public’s misinterpretation and fallacy of his writing. Steinbeck was accused of being a communist and was proclaimed to have exaggerated conditions in migrant camps. Readers had the opinion that ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ was profane due to its representation of the migrant workers. When the book eventually became available throughout the 1940s political powers had wanted to ban the novel because it posed a derogatory image of migrants.
Throughout Steinbeck’s writing he’d foreseen the necessary government intervention in the lives of those who’d been left unemployed after the Depression. Similar to other authors and those of his time he had criticized the consequences of capitalism. One of the main reasons as to why his influences were significant was because of the impact that it had on welfare and the New Deal which provided recovery from the Great Depression through agriculture and inflation. He’d inspired fellow writers through his book because of the humanity of the story and flawless technique in his writing.
Ernest Hemingway left a legacy that was specific to his personal writing style as an author who wrote vaguely without being explicit toward his readers. Hemingway wrote his pieces according to the “Iceberg Theory” which consisted of telling readers what they needed to know instead of stating the details of an idea outright. His legacy is seen in his tributes contributions toward society. Hemingway wasn’t exactly a controversial writer but critics expressed that they did not agree with many values of his creation. Critics claimed that his work was of unequal quality.
Hemingway had a new way of re-arranging words and structuring sentences. Prior to his writing sentences were often long and flowing with an attempt to catch every minor detail. He’d used short and sharp sentences that conveyed action, known for not only becoming a bright writer but a public figure. Even after his death he had remained one of the most read authors of the century. He was a man who had been taught to be both morally and physically strong and was often praised his strong principles although his death was tragic as he chose to take his own life. Hemingway supported a view that the universe is not ordered by God and that there isn’t any being that controls the lives of people or dictates their morals. He proclaimed that the universe is indifferent to human beings and underlines that there is no reason behind war or winners.
Regardless of those who criticized his writing, Hemingway’s work gave rise to the minimalist movement in fictional American writing. His skills reproduced a spoken word in literature and left the work of psychological reflections to the reader instead of conveying them.
Transformational leadership is a quality that redefines the mission and visions of the people within a given community. It is an act that renews personal commitment and restructures a system of accomplishments. Revolutionary acts and leaders have converted followers into leaders and have conducted thought in the mind of the public so that they may question their own belief system. There are strong characteristics of those who have made revolutionary changes throughout history although condemnation has come along with them. Through admiration, loyalty, articulating a vision, emphasizing on personal values or wants and displaying a high level of ethical conduct these acts are performed. It’s often that the impact of a public decision isn’t apparent until after the people have already discouraged the leader from having an ideology that is different or unheard of. Revolutionary types come in different personas and change isn’t accomplished if leaders went about doing things the same way. By knowing revolutionary archetype it’s easy to identify prominent figures and their natural skill set.
Visionaries see the possibility in the smallest of inspiration and act on ideas for the nation instead of for the purpose of patching up holes in a reality that is current. Scholarly revolutionary archetypes are ready to work out the details in a given situation and obtain any necessary background information that is needed to progress. They often isolate themselves from others by offering something invaluable to the movement as a whole. Scholarly revolutionaries convince people through the use of their research and will see something wrong within a current society or law. Rebels are more prone to procure criticism from the public eye although they are not afraid to confront oppression. Rebels defend others and lead groups regardless of the risk that associated with a movement, unafraid to pose questions and shake the societal system that they live in.
Generals possess strength in planning and have an inept accuracy in determining the most effective route in getting to where they want to be. This type of revolution requires a leader who is good at making serious decisions and organizing others so that all of the positions are filled. Diplomats often smooth situations over and ensure that there is communication between what is going on in society and what is being promoted. With a natural calm to Generals they tend to gain followers and open people up instead of suppressing them.
There are also agent leaders who gain excitement from challenges, especially the ones that stem from authorities. They enjoy feeling unrestrained by social convention and getting others involved in a movement. Martin Luther King was a combined scholar with many diplomatic abilities throughout his revolutionary standpoint. Although he’d struggled with criticism from all sides he’d managed to find a balance in a middle route which was agreeable on by the majority of the nation. All revolutionary archetypes are bound to be chastised because their ideas are outside of the social norm. By defying the status quo these archetypes are necessary in order to create social movements and initiate personal strength in the minds of their followers.