Words Induce Revolution

(The Beliefs of Martin Luther)

Martin Luther is a man who has opened the passage into a new era in German society through the simple written word. It is hard to believe that every literate man has all of the words at his disposal therefore have an equal chance to create something so inspirational that that something will go on to invoke revolution and change and imbed itself into history. The only variable in the every man being the man - Martin Luther in this case - is how the words are placed and used in what seems to be a perfect formula. The perfect formula for Martin Luther is the 95 Thesis, which will go on to slander the Church and Pope and eventually lead to a revolution amongst the serfs serving the fiefs of the lords.

It is hard to comprehend how something as subtle as words can bring revolution, fear, and world powers into a single room for inquisition. Perhaps though, it is not really the words themselves rather than the open and free thoughts of an insightful man. This insightful man ridiculed the Church’s power over the land and the same Church’s practices that Martin Luther went on to prove was different from what was originally written in the Bible. Martin Luther believed in the seperation of Church and State, and perhaps these writing of the 95 Thesis was the precursor of the separation of Church and state in the future, western civilization occurring not too far in the future.

Will supreme powers like dukes and kings had armies at their dispense and foreign relations to take up arms, these same supreme powers looked into the direction of an old man with brilliant insights to use perhaps one of the most powerful weapons: the written word. With the inkwell and quill being Martin Luther's sword against ruling forces, Martin Luther brought to light the ideas and slain them through slander, which is described to be both vulgar yet comical. Although Martin Luther's popularity was less - far less - in the eyes of religious figures, even claiming Martin Luther to be the devil's messenger, his popularity exploded amongst the common people. Martin Luther was a verbal vigilante who rose above the common folk as a leader, and in this action was Martin Luther also to kindle the fires in his follower’s hearts to oppose the leading powers who suppressed what was rightfully theirs.

Fear of expression is a disheartening reality when considering how man Martin Luther's could have been born after the man himself or before. It is unfortunate that bravery and enlightenment go hand in hand in innovating revolution, whether in a good sense or a bloody one. Perhaps that is what makes Martin Luther a man to follow - or leaders like him - because there are very few and when they do come out of the crowd it is an unfamiliar, or long time missed, individual that captivates the people's desires. If leaders like Martin Luther had come about every day in every situation, it would be an opportunity and privilege to be taken for granted (similar to many rights in modern day United States democracy).

It is true when they say that the flap of a butterfly's wings can create a hurricane, and in this case the butterfly is Martin Luther and his writing tools and brilliance and the hurricane is not necessarily the revolution he induced, but rather the legacy for himself he created. If he was within his time, Martin Luther would have dreamt of his ideas amongst the common folk and died of heart attack in isolation and without recognition. Martin Luther was not within his time though, he was above his time in suppressing powers and it is this gift inbred into his soul that reverberates his name even to this day five centuries later and countless centuries to come. Martin Luther did not die in his bed as a father and husband within the crowd of serfs, but rather the father of the 95 Thesis and the innovation he may have perhaps accidentally invoked for future generations.

Scott Bishop 704 Words

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