Hegemony is…

Controlling the conversation about a particular subject through the exercise of established power.
Shaming individuals who defect from the established discourse about a particular subject.
Manipulating others to believe that individuals who defect from the established discourse about a particular subject should expect unjust treatment, and have brought all emotional, physical, and mental pain upon themselves.
Stripping such individuals of their platforms–news coverage, leadership roles, etc.–so their dissenting discourses are not loud enough to hear.
Removing the support of a community from such individuals to make them feel as though their worldview must be wrong, no matter how logically sound their worldview is.
Persuading others to see such individuals as rebellious.
Categorizing such individuals so that others only perceive them by their dissent–not the exponential total of all their interconnected, complex identities.

Revolution is…
Getting Facebook messages about how much a heated post ministered to someone.
Getting retweets on Twitter from the cool high school students–the ones that have a network of friends on Tumblr and a worldview far too progressive for a high school environment.
Getting to spend time with fellow rejected-ones, talking about the ministry of reconciliation.
Getting together a band of tradesman who, having been rejected by the rabbinical schools for not being good enough, start a two thousand-year movement of love.
Getting The Powers That Be butthurt when we call them whitewashed tombs.

Getting a new community of don’t-believers.
Ones that don’t believe in suicide.
Ones that don’t believe in closets.
Ones that don’t believe in racial colorblindness.
Ones that don’t believe clothes, food, technology, etc. are fair trade.
Ones that don’t believe in the inequality of the sexes.
Ones that don’t believe there are only two sexes.
Ones that don’t believe there are only two genders.
Ones that don’t believe doubt and faith are mutually exclusive.

Ones who see people as individuals and as members of groups, who see a scintillating future in the present moment, who hope despite all things, and who love to the fullest extent they are able.

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