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What is a Revolution?

In simplest terms it’s a change from one state of government to another by means of force. For example, Laphams Quarterly speaks about what defines a revolution and how necessary it is. As stated by Thomas Jefferson, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” A core belief that has been embedded in western society is that in order for a revolution to occur blood must be shed and the institution needs to be overthrown by force. To further make this a revolution the institution has to completely change who’s in power and completely change the government as also mentioned by Hannah Arendt. A revolution can also be defined as changing or completely shifting the paradigm of methods, theories, and concepts existing in human knowledge. For example, during the Copernican Revolution Claudius Ptolemy came up with the first accredited model of the solar system which had Earth at the center. By building upon his work and recognizing his flaws Nicolaus Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, and Galileo Galilei were able to create better more accurate models which placed the sun at the center. Their discovery shifted the paradigm of the solar system ultimately causing a revolution. 

What are the Humanities?

  • a source that studies all aspects of human nature and interactions

The humanities investigates community identities and the role these identities play in conflict. In figuring out the root causes of conflict, the humanities makes connections cross-culturally by investigating the history of all communities involved and all communities connected to the involved with a deeper focus on the nature of its individuals. The humanities seeks to answer the how and why of individuals actions in hopes of finding a pattern that reveals the cause.