Mike Sliwa reminds us that time is short and inspiration can come from the strangest places.
In a BBC interview, actor and comedian Russell Brand called for a revolution (see video below) and change in the current paradigm. He has never voted. He believes doing so makes us complicit in the destruction of such a top heavy system. He calls for alternatives. He believes a revolution is here and ready.
Bravo! Finally someone with a massive platform who is calling for not only something new, but also an end to the current machine that is devouring the living world. Whether or not one agrees with every point Russell makes in the interview is irrelevant. What’s important here is the passion, the intelligence and, most importantly, the massive following Russell Brand has.
The irony of a comedian calling for a global revolution is not lost upon me. The likes of Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Bill Hicks are dead and gone, so Russell has filled that void. The fact that he’s a famous, wealthy, white, heterosexual male calling for an end to the status quo is not lost upon me either. Unfortunately, at this point, the populace needs someone with a huge media presence to light the wick. Russell Brand is such a person.
I do not agree with every point Russell makes. It doesn’t matter. What he’s calling for is too important to worry about semantics. We don’t have time. Our window politically and environmentally is small. It’s go time. We must take a step that scares the shit out of most of us. We must evolve.
The industrial human being supported by the global economy that’s being propped up by fossil fuels…must evolve. Evolve or perish. Deep down in our psyche most of us know this. The problem is it’s deep down in a place we don’t like to talk about. We need to face our demon: civilization. It’s the hierarchy of all hierarchies. The structure that survives by oppression, exploitation and devastation. The machine that creates a few “haves” and billions of “have nots.” We need to, as Daniel Quinn points out, evolve beyond civilization. Russell knows this, I know this, and so do you.
Of course people want, need and demand a plan. Fair enough. For a plan I suggest we start by listening. Listening to those who have been calling for such change for generations. Listening to those who have articulated the disparities this system creates daily. Listening to those who have had the boot of civilization upon their collective throats. Let’s listen and then breathe. And then move forward, or backward.