Are You Radical?


This is a response to the one-word prompt “Radical” by “The Daily Post.”

In today’s world and society, to be or called radical does not come with great undertones. But what exactly is being radical? According to Merriam-Webster radical means to be very new and different from what is traditional or ordinary, very basic and important, or having extreme political or social views that are not shared by most people. Radical is all that and much more. To be radical to just be different, to think “outside the box” and to think things through, (critical thinking).

To be radical is neither good nor bad, but just is. It rather depends on the how and the way for the radical behavior that makes it good or bad. It is one’s reasons for being radical that matter, not the radicalness its self. The results of the radical behavior on the rest of society also matter. Do the radical beliefs and actions, in the long run, make our society as a whole better or worse? A very important point here is to note that it is not whether you believe your radical notions will improve society, but rather if they actually do, (the ends never justify the means).

Radical is nothing more than new ideas and new ways of thinking; whether those ideas be for good or ill, being radical does serve a very important purpose in society and the human race. This has always been the case, and will always be the case. Some of the most unspeakable evil acts in human history have been committed in the name of radical beliefs   (progress) yet so have some of the most beneficial acts and events have happened too in the name of so-called radical beliefs.

I speak of perhaps the idea that all humans are created equal in the name of God, or perhaps the economic ideas and improvements that lead to the Industrial Revolution; an event that has done more than anything else in human history to lift out of poverty and improve the human condition. Those two things I think most now would view as a net positive, but in the beginning were quite radical. 

So are you radical? Do you have believes that while are not excepted or popular with others, you nonetheless think will help improve society and the world in the long run? If so, what are they, and have you actually thought through whether or not they are good or bad or indeed even practical? Whether you are radical or not, remember it is the results that make your radicalness good or bad, so don’t be discourage by being called radical. History may just be on your side or it may absolutely tear you down.

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