rad•i•cal – One who advocates fundamental or revolutionary changes in current practices, conditions or institutions.
Many people who know me personally or those who may know about me who I don’t know personally, know that I have always stood up and stood out against things that I felt (feel) simply are not fair. Yes, I was that girl in elementary school who would slide over to allow someone to sit with me on the bus because no one else would.
I do believe that at some point in our lives, we must be willing to go against the grain, the road less traveled and stand up against those people, injustices, practices or events that are not aligned with our belief system. Yes, I know that being a radical has a very negative connotation, but, if one is tactful and strategic with how they handle situations, he/she can actually gain respect and honor for sharing his/her feelings openly.
Most often, it’s those who have elected to be radical that have brought about true social change around the world. I know we live in a country that will immediately rebuff anything that does not follow the ‘norm’ the ‘tradition,’ the ‘this is how we do it here.’ The same feelings are evoked on those who are “radical,” which is associated with being an extremist, unstable person, or even an absolutist.
It was true radicals that were solely responsible for sowing and watering the seeds deep into the American soil that impacted many of America’s most important social movements. Jane Addams was a major social rights activist, president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Walter P. Reuther, president of the United Automobile Workers (UAW), Daisy Bates, organizer of the Little Rock Nine school desegregation events. There are so many others who have impacted the landscape of this nation such as the Pro Choice leaders, PRIDE leaders and so many more.
Interestingly enough, it took a confrontational approach to win many fights for rights and concessions that are taken for granted as they have merged into the culture and everyday part of life. “Thank God for all of those radicals!”
I say it is perfectly fine to be a radical and believe in what has been put in your heart to fight for. This can run the gamut from fitness to equal rights for animals. I don’t know, but, I would like to encourage you to not back down on your convictions as they were deposited in your spirit for a purpose that ultimately desires to be filled.
Yes, sometimes you must be a radical and that is perfectly fine. Besides, “When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
Which are you, radical or conservative? No judgment, just asking! Share more…
Move Forward In Righteousness XOXO ♥