Note — Apr 26, 2020

The Revolution Is Only Getting Started

Seen in → No.123

Source → theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/revol...

Not sure how pertinent the parallel with the French Revolution is but there are a couple of good reminders of how revolutions happen, and those are useful.

The most timeless and emancipatory lesson of the French Revolution is that people make history. Likewise, the actions we take and the choices we make today will shape both what future we get and what we remember of the past. […]

In hindsight a revolution may look like a single event, but they are never experienced that way. Instead they are extended periods in which the routines of normal life are dislocated and existing rituals lose their meaning. They are deeply unsettling, but they are also periods of great creativity.