What is the revolutionary man? A man who says no. But that denies, does not mean that resigns: is also a man who says yes, from the very first move. A slave, who throughout his life accept orders, suddenly finds unacceptable a new command. What is the importance of this “no”?

It means, for example, «went too far this hypothesis “,” until enough is enough», «Overdoing the rope» or, again, «go too far the suitcase.» In short, this not indicate the existence of a limit. We find the same idea to the limit in this sense the rebel that the other “exaggerate” that extend its rights over any border, where faced with another right that restricts. So the rebellion movement simultaneously based on categorical denial of an intervention deemed unacceptable, and confused certainty of a right or, more correctly, the impression of the rebel that «the right to …». The revolt is not without the feeling that someone somewhere and somehow right. On «this, the rebel slave says yes and yet not. Confirms to maintain beyond the limit. It shows that with perseverance is inside of something «worth …. «, Requesting to preserve. Somehow, opposes teachers who oppresses a kind of right not to be oppressed beyond the tolerable limit.

In any rebellion, along with aversion to outsider, the man happens to embrace fully and instantaneously a certain part of himself. Inserts, therefore, indirectly an evaluative judgment, and so little disinterested, which keeps amid risk. Until then, if anything, silent, left to its despair, in which a state, although considered unfair, is nevertheless unacceptable. Sopainontas, let others believe that no judge nor want anything really. Despair, like anything special. Silence expresses well this situation. But once breaking the silence and speaks, even when he says no, it means that he wants and feels. The rebels, in the etymological sense of the word, changing attitudes. He lived under the lash of the master. Now confronted with it. He opposes those who prefer something that does not like. Each value can not render and rebellion, but every uprising silently invokes a value. But really this is worth?

As confusing and seems this issue, awareness born from the beginning of the uprising: the perception, resounding suddenly, that there is in man something which can be identified, even temporarily. This identification was not understood until now. The slave suffered any violence before the uprising. Often, indeed, had meekly accept orders more outrageous than the one who made the refusal to erupt. The suffering stoically, probably swallowed them where, sopainontas, cared more for the immediate interests rather than about awareness of their rights. Losing patience with impatience, begins instead a reaction that can be extended to all those accepted previously. This outburst acts almost always retrospectively. Once rejected the humiliating orders of his master, the submissive rejects yet, and no change of subjugated. The rebellion leads him beyond what was with the simple denial. And even surpasses the limit set to his opponent, demanding now treat him as an equal partner. What initially was an indomitable resistance of man now becomes the whole man is identified with «it and included in» it. This is the part of himself that he wanted to respect, puts so over the other and assess as better than «all, even from life. Is about «this supreme good. While living until then a compromise situation, the slave dropped sharply («if that is the case …») in All or Nothing. The conscience is awakened by the uprising.

But we understand that it is aware of a whole, rather undefined, and yet one «anything» that portend the possibility of human sacrifice for it all. The rebels want to be everything, coincides completely with this object he realized suddenly that yearns to recognize and to respect in him, or anything that is to be found in complete forfeiture because of the power that dominates him. In need, accepts the last depression, death if forced to miss this exclusive sanctuary commodity that will name, for example, freedom. Better to die standing than to live kneeling.


The rebellious man of Albert Kamy