Politics & Raves & Tribes & Telekinesis

I love music. To me, music is what feelings sound like. Having been born in the 1980′s, I sometimes feel robbed of my perhaps romanticized view of what life must have been like during the 60′s or 70′s. Isn’t there something beautiful about the age of Aquarius? The age of Woodstock and nakedness? Protest and free love and good weed and free uni. Something spiritual about the time you know? A spirit that permeates pop culture, counter culture and sub culture. When people were singing about things that mattered, rather than telling me that tonight’s gonna be a good good night and asking can I feel it. Those times are sepia toned in my mind. Beautiful and transcendent of a world that was fighting (much like we are now) a fraudulent money-hungry war. But maybe I am just a big dirty hippy.

These days I listen to a lot of Hip Hop and Electronic music. Hip Hop because it is so raw and real and it says something (the good kind does anyway). Electronic music because without lyrics you have ability to create your own journey and story in your mind. You are the master of your own aural destiny for 3 minutes and 30 seconds of pure you and your thoughts time. It is the closest thing I have experienced to a meditative state. And that’s without drugs.

I once read that our rave culture could be a collective sub-concious pseudo-spiritual attempt to reach back to our former selves from times of communal chanting and drumming. Like something deep inside ourselves, on a cellular or molecular level yearns for that feeling we once had when we were tribal, or pagan, or pre-”civilisation”. I think that’s an interesting theory. Then again, I also heard that it’s Pacman’s fault we all love the rave. “One good thing about music, is when it hits you feel no pain.” Bob Marley was a wise man – even if he was a bit of a slut.

I also read once that technology (i.e mobile phones) are just a medium for our innate psychic and telepathic abilities and we only need to use them now because we have forgotten (or have not yet reached) our potential and the inherent ability to send messages through telepathy and the likes thereof. Does this mean technology is getting in the way of us learning such neat tricks? Or it is helping us get there? It’s like when you reach for your phone before you get a text and you’re thinking of a person and that text you at that exact moment. Does that mean anything or am I simply reading too much into things? Ponderful.

February 8, 2013 at 12:48 am
ELizard (229) (@heavydreamz) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@lauraocrapira, totally agree with you about rave culture, I stumbledupon this video a while back https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wWtJJ1eh8c
ecstatic dance and back to tribal dancing around the fire, of course we want repetitive rhythmic tribally music with a message versus the cookie cutter 3 min 30 sec tunes about getting drunk

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Nick (195) (@nickc2007) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

The DJ is the shaman. The more I ponder it the more it works.

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Sugar Magnolia (375) (@melissaurban1991) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@lauraocrapira, i liked what you said about cellular phones. i wonder the same thing myself sometimes, but in the big picture i think they are getting in the way. most people will think you’re crazy when you suggest that somewhere buried we all have psychic abilities. it’s unfortunate that alot of people can’t live without their cell phones. they are hindering true face to face communication in my opinion. in fact, yesterday i was reading about how iPhone is looking into putting a feature on the camera that shows what’s in front of you so you can more easily text and walk!! i think that’s absolutely absurd. i believe it was Einstein that said “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction for the world will have a generation of idiots.”

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Laura O’Connell Rapira (58) (@lauraocrapira) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@melissaurban1991, I am afraid I fear Einstein will be correct in his hypothesis. I was reading some horrifying stats on the David Suzuki website not long ago. Canadian youth these days spend on average 6-7 hours in front of some form of media (print, net, social, tv) versus only an hour or less outside or in nature! I know it seems ironic I write this on a computer bla bla bla, and it is a bit chilly – but I feel lucky to have grown up pre-smartphones and iPads because much of my childhood in NZ was spent climbing trees, and playing make believe and boogy boarding at the beach. And of course all of that was done at arms length with friends. I think returning people to themselves and the inherent need for connection with nature and others will be one of our greatest pursuits over the coming times. @heavydreamz – Thanks for the vid :) I think I might go dancing now!

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Sugar Magnolia (375) (@melissaurban1991) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@lauraocrapira, yeah, trust me when i say it’s not any better in the US. i hate when i am in public places and nobody even makes eye contact because they are too busy looking at their phones! i am grateful to have grown up before cell phones and ipads and ipods as well, i too appreciate nature alot more. whatever happened to kids riding bikes and playing in the woods? it’s almost forbidden nowadays because of all the danger in the world. not to say there was no danger when i was a kid, but it definitely did not seem as prominent as it is now! there was no kidnapping and molestation on a daily basis. or maybe there was it just wasn’t brought to light as much? i don’t know, the outdoors seemed alot safer when i was younger.

technology is useful i will not deny, but it seems to have become an addiction/obsession. on top of that i can’t imagine the invisible radio waves and magnetic fields surrounding devices are any good for our health!

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