One of my favourite quotes is…
All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.
― T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph
This applies as much, if not more to our fluid, interconnected world of the early 21st century than it did to TE Lawrence’s early 20th. As they sometimes say, it’s always the quite ones that you need to watch, the ones who think long and hard about the world. The ones that conspire to a new way of life and are well read in history and their own intellectualism to justify and ferment direct action.
Today’s writing prompt is to write a profile of a bedroom zealot.
Someone who is alone in their daily life and has the time and the inclination to consider change, and makes the realisation that no major change will occur in their life or in the life of their country unless it is by sustained direct action.
Write from a first person view, but believe what you write, inhabit that individual’s mind, their mental process. You must believe as they do that the course of action they are about to take is perfectly logical and the only resort of a thinking, compassionate human despite the ramifications.