But before we change the world, we need to change the way we think.
We have become prisoners of comfort in the absence of meaning. A people without a unifying myth. Joseph Campbell, the comparative mythologist, says our global problems are all due to the lack of relevant myths. That we are trying to sustain social cohesion using redundant ideologies devised for a population that lived in deserts millennia ago. What does it matter if 2,000 years ago Christ died on the cross and was resurrected if we are not constantly resurrected to the truth, anew, moment to moment? How is his transcendence relevant if we do not resurrect our consciousness from the deceased, moribund mind of our obsolete ideologies and align with our conditions?
The model of pre-Christian man has fulfilled its simian objectives. We have survived, we have created agriculture and cities. Now this version of man must be sacrificed that we can evolve beyond the reaches of the ape. These stories contain great clues to our survival when we release ourselves from literalism and superstition. What are ideologies other than a guide for life? Throughout paganism one finds stories that integrate our species with our environment to the benefit of both. The function and benefits of these belief matrixes have been lost, with good reason. They were socialist, egalitarian and integrated. If like the Celtic people we revered the rivers we would prioritise this sacred knowledge and curtail the attempts of any that sought to pollute the rivers. If like the Nordic people we believed the souls of our ancestors lived in the trees, this connection would make mass deforestation anathema. If like the native people of America we believed God was in the soil what would our intuitive response be to the implementation of fracking?
Little wonder then that these myths, these codes for our protection and survival, have been aborted and replaced with nihilistic narratives of individualism, peopled by sequin-covered vacuous heroes. Now we only riot and roar in hot summers or at football scores or when our dead are desecrated by the vile publications that convey this corrosive, corrupting, deceitful narrative. – Russell Brand, guest editor of the New Statesman (click for video)
What better article could I post on the 5th of November? The spirit of revolution is very much alive in this passionate composition. Thankfully this one focuses on non-violent action; a shift in the way we think about our global political system.
I am personally excited about Russell Brand’s involvement in our global political discussion. I think at heart his intentions are noble and he will be remembered as not only a sophisticated comedian but an humanitarian as well. If you can see beyond his mischievous and bawdy tactics you will see that his heart is in the right place and his brilliant mind is working to introduce and perpetuate important ideas to mainstream discussion. This is the first mention of a Spiritual Revolution I have heard in a “serious” mainstream format. I am looking forward to seeing how this unfolds!
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