Posts Tagged ‘rebellion’

“I rebel, therefore I am,” says the great French novelist, playwright, essayist, and philosopher Albert Camus. According to this idea, rebellion is essential to realizing our existence. Here existence is closely aligned not only with choice, but also with resistance.

As taboo concerns itself with the restriction of certain practices, rebellion, on the other hand, concerns itself with the dissection of these practices. But more than just the dissection of any restriction we find perhaps the examination of such restrictions. Rebellion at its center is the examination of limitations. In more than one way, the act of opposing separates us from the actor, the actor being one who behaves in a manner of disingenuousness. To act is to be dishonest, duplicitous. And the actor is constricted in their role, unable to rebel. The actor does exist and yet the character being acted out does not really exist in our limited definition of existence.

Yet it is from the rebel’s need for rebellion that we find humankind’s state of living— what will and will not be tolerated. Although an actor may not necessarily be a rebel, the action of acting re-emphasizes our ability to rebel. In life we should not be actors so much as rebels.