A revolution is a fundamental change in the state of being of an entity. Revolutions happen constantly, every day, all around us, and range from having great import to being utterly insignificant. When it comes to labelling an event as a revolution or a non-revolution, it is unavailing to define that a revolution happened; the critical definition is that of the entity that underwent said revolution. For example, human beings undergo several revolutions through their lives; one could say that conception, birth, growth and death are all revolutions. On an even smaller scale, learning to walk and talk, getting married, and having kids could be regarded as revolutions. These types of revolutions are overlooked in history books because they affect few; even though these events are all, in fact, revolutions, their respective ranges of impact are minute enough that their stories are not worth documenting.
- In Professor Quillen’s unit, we talked a lot about how the hegemonic community gets to decide what is written down in history. The dominant people decide what scale of revolution is worth documenting, which can leave important events forgotten.
- Professor Robb is a professor of philosophy, and he taught us a lot about how we know. This was a personal revolution for me; this unit blew my mind. It made me question a lot of what I know and what I think I know. However, none of the rest of you reading this knew that anything changed; this demonstrates how important the scale of revolution is.
- Professor Tamura’s unit challenges my definition a little bit, at least when it came to her points about Susan Sontag’s “Regarding the Pain of Others”. Although pain is usually a small-scale revolution, Tamura, using Sontag, showed how a small-scale revolution can impact a much larger audience.
- Professor Wills’ unit, like Tamura’s, also challenged my definition. She showed, using examples from the American civil rights movement, that humans can make sacrifices, undergoing individual revolutions, with the effect of spurring on a greater revolution.