Russell Brand Calls for a Revolution on BBC

Eric (@blankey) 8 years, 3 months ago

**Edit: Just added this to my blog here.

If you haven’t seen the video, check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YR4CseY9pk

In the video we see Russel getting incredible fired up about the problems that we face today. He points out how the current paradigms that we collectively live within (a hierarchical government, corporations, banks, monetary system etc) are not working. He calls for a revolution. He does not say how it will happen, but he knows it will. I think this is huge. When I first heard of Brand getting into this sort of thing, I thought that he, along with many other socially aware “famous” people, could potentially help spark a deep internal and thus external (r)evolution much needed.

We need to take the power of our lives back. First, we need to recognize that we ARE being controlled.. conditioned. We need to take a deep LOOK at ourselves and watch what we do, how we act, and how we think. We all know the grind of the work week and the weekends. Is there more to life than this? Notice how we all go to our ‘jobs’ where we work for a thing called a ‘corporation’ to receive another thing called ‘money’, that apparently has some value. You then exchange this ‘money’, or more simply put, paper, for food, shelter, and material wants/needs from more ‘corporations’. We participate in this delusion. You participate in this delusion. I participate in this delusion (but not for long). If you aren’t doing anything and are simply watching it all go by while you sit and stare and think, damn, how can I do something to help this world? And then tell yourself no, no, I can’t, not me, I can’t change the world. Then you are contributing to the problem. Don’t change the world, change yourself. EVERYONE has to act. YOU have to act. There is no one-thing in and of itself. It is all one. If YOU act we ALL act. So.. act!

And how do you act? Take back your power. You are being controlled by money, your job, etc. Provide your own energy, grow your own food, build your own shelter… with friends of course! Live 100% off the grid. If we collectively did this, the economy could collapse and instead of everyone entering something 100x worse than the depression, we would be safe in our sustainable homes, living off the land. We can leave “the economy” and all of the other bullshit in the dust and never look back. Oh… and the economy will collapse. Let it. MIT predicts by 2030 it will. I think sooner. But don’t wait… act now or it will be too late.

Meow :)

October 24, 2013 at 1:44 am
Filip (2,818)M (@filipek) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

@blankey, Hear hear! The more, the better! Spread the word!

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

@filipek, Seriously. And the message is spreading. I can feel it. All we need now is action from enough passionate people. Valhalla and many other organizations of the likes (100% sustainable, communal living) are helping spark this revolution. Ellen Page, Russell Brand, Joe Rogan, Woody Harrelson, to just name a few, are some of the more famous people that seem to be pretty socially aware. If only we could somehow contact them and get them involved… Ellen Page on Reddit recommend a book called Deep Economy that I am currently reading that basically (so far) describes this whole sustainable, off the grid idea.

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Filip (2,818)M (@filipek) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

@blankey, Totally agree, but actually I think we need some massive down falls in the world in order to get to a revolution. Why would people give up on the luxury they have right now? We are doomed to remain in this vicious circle which repeats itself throughout history and which will keep on repeating itself. It is not in our nature to make sacrifices for other beings if it will make our living standard worse. And it is against nature at all, because nature lets us fight for our own survival, so our genes will reproduce not other ones.

In the end if you are facing a decision to choose for your own life or for another one, I think most of us will choose for our own lives. There is nothing immoral or unethic about it, it is just nature.

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Zachrie (28) (@Zachrie) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

Fuck yes.

It would be easier at least for me in my enviroment if some of my friends were into this. It’s just frustrating that no one I hang out with really seems to think of these sort of things. Right now it feels like they all just tag along and take part of the destruction.

I’ve come to realize though that it’s my job to show them and try to wake them up. At least thats a start.

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Stfrancis (110) (@Stfrancis) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

@blankey, I deeply appreciate this perspective and would describe the change needed to be more than an awakening. Even those among our culture here at HighExistence who believe themselves to be “awakened” or on the path to enlightenment seem to disregard their essential role in shaping the future. It is our responsibility, you and I, right now to decide what we want the human experience to be like for ourselves and future generations. Now that we are “awake” and beginning to look around ourselves sitting upright in the bed, it is time to make plans for the day, to get up, get dressed, take a shower, and get to work.

On that note, Brand suggests a possible alternative for the current liberal democratic political structure that the West works within. He talks about a massively centralized, redistributive state. I would be wary of falling into the trap of social “justice” which such ideologies promote. It is not justice to aid the poor by laying waste to the rich. Our brothers and sisters who have been given or have earned monetary wealth are not our enemies, they are our fellow humans and we have as much of an obligation to treat them with love and respect as anyone else, regardless of their individual world-views or apparent greed. Their mindsets and accumulation of power and wealth are as much a destructive symptom of the system we have been conditioned to accept as the plight of the worlds billions of underprivileged.

What our responsibility as aware and questioning individuals is to seek out every day and in any possible way methods of working for the betterment of mankind as a whole. A great place to start is resource management and renewable energy. Recycling, reusing, repurposing, reducing consumption and waste. These are ways that you personally can begin the move forward. Support renewable energy sources. Whatever that may be, sustainable and environmentally responsible energy production is of vital importance to the future of our species and our subsequent development. Support nuclear fusion research, support wind energy, solar energy, geo-thermal energy, and take steps to reduce your consumption of non-renewable fuels.

Next, consider your personal environmental impact. The thousands of plastic bags and packaging containers your consume and discard yearly. The innumerable shopping trips, buying new clothes when old ones are perfectly good, discarding useful and functioning articles of clothing and household appliances when another human could use and appreciate them. It is time that, especially as Americans, we become aware of what we individually are leaving behind in our lifetimes.

Lastly, whether you are religious, atheist, spiritual, moral, or any variance or combination of mindful, take real steps and make real efforts to develop that sense of a greater purpose. So much of our mental conditioning and daily lives hold us in narrow and unaware paradigms, causing us to be blind to the struggles of other humans and the consequences of our daily choices. A consciousness of grand purpose, of human development, of interconnection and shared goals – these perspectives are vital to changing the world into a better place. Take the time each day to pray, to meditate, to contemplate your place within this great mechanism of human society. Even if you don’t believe in life after death, spiritual realms, rewards, or even a higher intelligence, you can change your own immediate experience and those the people around you whom you love for the better by choosing to think independently and work towards something greater than yourself.

Peace to all and thanks for this great post.

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

Amazing interview and worldview.

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Anonymous (127) (@) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

Through tragedy our conscience is built.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

@blankey, New found respect for Brand, thanks.

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Josh (213) (@reinvented2012) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

@blankey, I just came across that this morning although it’s not the first that I have seen of him.

I have been thinking we need some celebrities speaking out about this because of their influence on so many people. Although I hate that people idolize celebs, Russell Brand has decided to ride above the bullshit and start speaking out. I’m hoping he is sharing these ideas personally with other famous people and getting them involved.

I agree that if we all start to become more independent of the system we will be much better off when it all collapses. As soon as I buy a home I am going to be starting my own garden and building alternative energy sources (solar panels and wind mills/turbines).

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Z.Dude (176) (@Z.Dude) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

Woaw, sound cool, but then, what next ? How it will be organised ? I most than 2000 years of existence, society where always based on the them schedule (the social pyramid), how can she become performant and different ? Or maybe it take us 2000 years to realise that is was a bad functionment ?
Peace and eat glowstickers, Z.Dude

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Oyuncu13 (2) (@Oyuncu13) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

Awesome interview with right on ideas. The revolution is on the way. Lets be the revolution we want to see in the world, as Gandhi says.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

@filipek, Yes but we are more than animals now. We are self-aware human beings. We are at the point where we can look at ourselves for what is. But no one wants to. Everyone is afraid and contributing to the delusion, the “act” we all put on. If we drop this veil and see everything for what is, actually come back to our senses, our bodies, then we will see that we are the whole, not just a part of the whole. No one thing in and of itself exists. It all goes together.

The next phase is an internal revolution that I think will be sparked be psychedelics and general spiritual insights which will lead to a practice of meditation and the works. Like I said ( at least I think I said), this revolution needs to be an INTERNAL revolution. A straight up face the facts LOOK at the world and ourselves.

if anyone is interested in what I am talking about read http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Known-Jiddu-Krishnamurti/dp/0060648082


@stfrancis
, For sure. What is your take on a grassroots movement of 100% sustainable living? To me, it is the only option. I have gone all over the board with this and I am set on it. I am not saying it will happen, but to me it is all we can do. We can’t let the economy continue. It is literally making the world uninhabitable for us. Even if we practice sustainable methods that won’t get us too far. We need a DEEP internal and thus external revolutionary uptake.


@reinvented2012
, Buy some land,build one of these and get some friends to do the same: https://www.highexistence.com/10-reasons-why-earthships-are-fing-awesome :)


@z-dude
, It doesn’t matter really. Just normal people building 100% sustainable living environments. Preferably with a group so that more and more people can join in.

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eextreme (31) (@eextreme) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

@blankey, The purpose of this economic system is progress and advancement of civilization

Would you have any incentive to work come up with new ideas, create products, provide public services, design building and shelters for others, if you didn’t get anything in return for them? The most common answer would “no”.

If you are self-sufficient, would there be any desire to contribution to others (including people you don’t know)?

Your little self-sufficient patch of land will do nothing, you get more or want to help more people you need more land, you get more land and eventually you’ll conflict with those that want that land too and you have the traditional cycle of wars, conflicts and distractions to keep your self-sufficient land available and entertaining to other people.

I am amazed that we came this far from clan vs clan thing. What you are suggesting would return civilization back to those times, where people steal, kill, and seize things to make themselves and his/her group of people “self-sufficient.”

Money is just a number, it is whatever you want it to be. The national debt will go to infinity and it won’t mean anything because products, inflation, services, resources, living essentials and so forth comes from this illusion of debt and money.

The thing we should be worrying about environment, scientific, technological advances and other potential products and innovations that comes from this system.

Make the world better or die trying.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

@eextreme, And I will be using those technologies. I will be growing food year long in a condition that does not allow for it. The technologies are here. Why wait for someone else to use it? YOU have to use it. I have to use it. The idea is not that I will go to some land somewhere and do this and then bam ok we’re good. No. The idea is that YOU will understand that this is what needs to be done. Everyone needs to become RESPONSIBLE for the world we have today because we ARE. You are not some fragment in the world, separate from it, you are the world.

And the economy is progressing us into a death trap. Watch Surviving Progress or Zeitgiest Moving Forward. Or better yet, stop what you are doing right now and truly LOOK at your current experience for what it is. Both internal and external as one process. Your thoughts, the cars going by, everything. Just watch.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

@blankey, Change is not an ideal, it is a necessity. Nay sayers dismiss a lot of this as non-practical idealism, but the thing is; we either change or people start suffering and dying(as if they aren’t already), it is that simple.

But a big reason why humanity is not as responsible as it should be is simply because there is not always profit in being responsible. If there were then there would nary be strife in the world. So, it does become idealistic if you expect people to be responsible just for the sake of being responsible, unfortunately, we have to apply encouragements to prompt it.

I think it is simply a case of using the strengths of society to subsidise where we are neglectful. It is not so complex as it seems, that is a simple and strait forward solution.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

It’s basically a case of; Should I buy a yacht or help this village? Unfortunately one entails pleasure and luxury while the other entails hard work for little reward. The best analogy would be to say; if you help the village, we will give you a yacht.

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Taras (534) (@painfulfart) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

Just after this aired Joe Rogan asked Russell to do a podcast with him haha and obviously russell replied “I’m down! (By which I mean up for it, I feel fine)” lmao cant wait for the 2 to get together on a podcast!!

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

@painfulfart, FUCK YES. Oh my god I am so excited! YES. Haha message me when this happens!

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DaFunks (366)M (@Dafunks) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

From his twitter it looks like he is getting into some shit for this.

For anyone new to Brand check out his interviews and when he met The Dalai Lama. He also did a good talk at The Police Man’s Ball (I think it was called )

He is on another level.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

I think what we need to do now is NOT talk about Russell, even how awesome he is, and talk about what is proposing: a revolution.

How do we as HEthens start this?

My idea is still 100% sustainable communal living. Gives us back the power to our own lives (no need for a job, money, etc), and not to mention we need each other for survival. A world where we all work for ourselves won’t work anymore. We need each other. We live for each other. We are each other.

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DaFunks (366)M (@Dafunks) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

@blankey, I have no idea. I’m not all up on social media.

I think Russell Brand needs to keep the momentum going. He is one of the only people I know who is this driven. He is also the only person I know who made Jeremy Paxman speechless. Paxman is a great guy and one of the most feared interviewers in England.

I hope people listen. I’d love to be involved.

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Tine (366) (@tine) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

@blankey,

i just dont see something this extreme happening, even though there are small pockets of society that create systems like you described, they only represent a fraction of a percent of the populations in question and i imagine each generation had their own version of this fraction of a percent; the personality type that desired to live outside the system, the only difference now is that all these fractions of a percent can now contact each other via the internet, giving them a sense of vastness,

i dont elaborate the fraction part out of meanness but to make a point, the way you describe will require work and extreme daily living change (at first), if the % of the populace that desires this is only a (fraction) of the whole, i would say it is less likely than more likely that the idea will spread without some kind of forceful push, simply because of the general populace’s complacency and laziness to keep the system as it is.

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Tine (366) (@tine) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

@blankey,

telling a lazy person they are lazy only makes them dig deep for reasons to be mad at you for saying it

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

@tine, And then if they truly look at themselves and their own thoughts they will see that they ARE digging deep to get mad and reject it. Self-awareness is key for this revolution. Self-awareness, or accepting what is, is essential.

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DaFunks (366)M (@Dafunks) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

For anyone wondering the main reason this interview happened it is because of this article he wrote.

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution

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