While the majority of my peers slept through courses “irrelevant” to their chosen career path, such as US Government and World History, I instead dreamed what it must’ve been like to have been the people in the stories. We look back on US patriots such as Paul Revere with such, pardon the word play, reverence now, but how often do you think about how he was viewed by his community at the time?
You see…Paul Revere participated in a dangerous mission against the tyranny of the government that was imposing upon both himself and his neighbors. He was willing to take a stand, and in doing so took a risk so great and so pivotal that over 200 years later, children still speak his name. I daresay there is not a citizen of the United States of America that would not consider Paul Revere to be a shining example of a true and brave American hero.
It’s easy to say that now because, as the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20. In remembering the legend, how many of you have truly considered the struggles of the man behind them? How would you have viewed this event had it been happening right in front of your face? It’s easy to say you would support Paul Revere now, but if you had lived back then, there’s a good chance you didn’t want to associate with him. Odds are you would turn your back on him.
“Not me,” your inner voice assures you as you read this. “I would’ve supported all of the American patriots. I know I would’ve.”
Well, let’s just put that to a little test, shall we?
If you were born in 1700’s North America, how would you have acted toward the American Revolution? The answer I present to you is this. You would have acted the same way toward it that you act toward Anonymous right now. If you have not been supporting Anonymous, then you would not have supported Paul Revere.
I know this because Anonymous simply exists as an ideal to light the path for all citizens of the world to unite and be free. Anonymous does not act out of maliciousness or malcontent. Anonymous acts out of a passion for complete freedom of life that cannot be extinguished. Anonymous understands that as human beings, our greatest power is love. Anonymous has taken a stand where no one else would’ve dared.
This again brings me to ask you, as a free citizen of a democratic nation in which not only our forefathers, but many of our fathers and ourselves have fought to protect, a simple question…If you are willing to express your pride for Paul Revere through the safe distance of time, why are you so scared to stand up and do so right now? What excuse will you come up with? The same ones Paul Revere’s neighbors probably did when they shunned him because they’re just average working peasants. It’s not up to them to take action.
Yeah, yeah, yeah…actions speak louder than words, my friends…
I know what I’d do, because I’ve stood for myself, and I continue to stand on my own 2 feet as a man. I hope you can say the same for yourself in your own lives.
Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst at Bank of America turned whistleblower, freelance consultant, and troll. He’s a frequent contributor to The Street, Huffington Post, Cannabis Now, and Fast Company.