REVOLUTION! Russell Brand is my new hero! If you thought comedians are only good for laughs and not worthy of being taken seriously, then you need to revolutionize your thinking! In fact, some of the most insightful and intelligent ideas have sprung from the minds of comedians, such as George Carlin, Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, Ellen Degeneres, and Robin Williams. You can add Russell Brand to that list. Check out this BBC television interview and I think you'll be pretty surprised by Brand's eloquence and emphatic appeals for world change. My favorite part of this interview - outside of when he compliments the interviewer on his sweet beard - is when he says, "Within the existing paradigm, the change is not dramatic enough, not radical enough, so you can well understand public disturbances and public dissatisfaction, when there are not genuine changes and genuine alternatives being offered. I say, when there is a genuine alternative, a genuine option, then vote for that, but until then - don't bother. Why pretend? Why be complicent in this ridiculous illusion?...the time is now. This movement is already occurring. It's happening everywhere."
Now, I'm not going to stop voting, because it's my right and I feel it is my civic duty, and I encourage all citizens everywhere to participate in electing public officials to office that will best service our needs as a people and lead our government. I believe in democracy.
That being said, I am not totally oblivious to the atrocities that afflict our society. Change is necessary. Our world is dying. Energy companies must take responsibility. There is a huge disparity between the rich and the poor; "Profit is a filthy word! Wherever there is profit, there is also deficit." Big companies and corporations must be taxed appropriately and small businesses must be provided with support and funding. The human race is plagued with so many other deep-rooted issues as well as the ones aforementioned, and it is essential that we realize the need for change.
We must wake up before we fall down even further into the ominous pit of social, economic, and biological collapse. How does one wake up? Open your eyes. Open your mind. Don't think, but know that change is vital. Real change occurs when people realize something is wrong and proper measures are implemented to make things right. We may not have the levying power to impact global change as individuals, but all revolutions commence with common thoughts.
Let's generate some common thoughts with the common folk! Share this video. Share this message. Use your social media soapboxes to spread the word and call for an end to false politicking and apathetic policymaking. Tell everyone you know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and any other social network that you have that there are problems that need to be addressed. Actions speak louder than words, but influencing your family, friends, and people you know to think differently is first. Thoughts must precede actions. Influence them to accept the idea that our model is flawed and something must be done. Hopefully, enough people do this so that real change may begin...
In the immortal words of the legendary rocker Jim Morrison, "The time to hesitate is through."