Today I am going to discuss nationalism with you. This is a theme that weighs very heavily on my heart. Everywhere I go I see flags flying high, allegiances being pledged, dividing spirits leaping from the lips of every proud … Continue reading
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. I apologise, I have been caught up in a hurricane of work. I’ve finally got my feet back on the ground and my head is in the right place to do a post. This will be a re-post from Rebekah Shaman’s blog. Please visit her website: http://www.rebekahshaman.com for more amazing content.
I absolutely, 1,000,000% agree (and you will know this if you have read ANY other posts on this blog) with Rebekah about not dividing into ‘us against them.’ After all, an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. Let us concern ourselves with our growth and increasing our consciousness and we will evolve ourselves into the world we want to see, because if we try to fight our way there we will never arrive.
I am currently researching another post for tomorrow or Tuesday. Stay tuned!
I’m Not Buying Russell’s Brand of Revolution
A lot of people have been asking me this week what I thought of Russell Brand after his Newsnight interview went viral. When I originally saw it (admittedly while I was multi-tasking), I agreed with everything he said and found his words inspiring. However, now, after closer inspection, I don’t think it was quite what it seemed.
I actually found the whole interview quite insidious. I felt it was inflaming social tension with the same old ‘us’ and ‘them’ scenario, and then Russell Brand’s smug face claiming: “we are going to have a revolution, it’s going to happen. I don’t have a flicker of a doubt…this is the end!”
And after the revolution we will have “Admin Bods” controlling us from a central-like government in a socially egalitarian society! “
“Equilibrium” any one…????
What Russell is failing to recognise is that he is playing the same game he seems to be so apathetic about, making the same old mistakes… and we are ALL going to suffer the consequences if we feel we are divided between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Revolution is a bloody affair!
What we need right now is a R-Evolution. Where we Re-evaluate our Evolution and do it differently this time.
We need to stop playing the blame game and start taking personal responsibility for our own actions.
I was given that message by my teacher Don Juanito in 2002, after I had met James Wolfensohn, the World Bank President during the World Summit on Sustainable Development, in Johannesburg. I saw the corruption from the top of the Pyramid and it overwhelmed me. I came out of the meeting hopeless, utterly depressed and defeated but Don Juanito said to me, “Now you have seen what is happening, the very core of the belief system is corrupt and you can’t change a belief system that everyone agrees to, including yourself. All you can do is be the change and only by being the change can you affect change.”
While we continue to feed the present system as it is, we cannot change it. As Albert Einstein said “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
So life is leading us towards two paths. …One of violent revolution – being incited by the BBC who pre-recorded this video on Newsnight and released it into the mainstream just before the big London demonstration on November 5th, a potentially explosive night by the very nature of its association, and potentially leading to more riots, aggression and death.
….or we choose to take the other path of conscious r-evolution, stop blaming and decide to take personal responsibility for what is happening. When we choose that our goal is not to gain political control, monetary wealth nor military power, but rather to promote and protect the welfare of all living beings and to preserve a healthy, flourishing world for future generations life we start seeing life from a much more positive, inspiring and hopeful perspective.
We are all in this together. Rather than take the ‘easier’ way out and sustain the present system, whose value system is based on financial profit/debt, consumption and continuous growth, that is creating this ecological, biological and social crisis, we start living consciously, consume less and make choices based on different values that support and preserve life.
In the end, each and every one of our individual choices is creating our collective future…
I’m choosing the path of conscious R-evolution…Who’s with me?
Let us set store by these words of wisdom as they apply to our state of affairs perhaps now more than ever. The video below is an excerpt from a movie in which Charlie Chaplin gives the greatest ever speech.
People are beginning to wake, are beginning to realise the powers that be have them in a stronghold and do not care about their well-being. Perhaps, in particular, the “free” American is beginning to realise that he is not, in fact, free but a pawn in a grand-scheme of power-hungry beasts. The very means of self-expression we use today such as social media is a ploy to give information to those who wish to control us. They now know what our face looks like, what we eat, what music we listen to, who our best friends are. We have willingly given them the very key to unlock the shackles with which we are now bound.
We must stand up for our freedom, we must strive for a world in which man will not be enslaved to the system through university loans and 9-5 jobs, through taxes and bills and licenses. We must strive for a world in which we will never divide ourselves into us against them! We must learn to accept our differences, to coexist, to love, and to do right by one another! “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”
“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that.
We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair.
The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder.
Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite.
Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!” ― Charlie Chaplin