This blog post was originally published on the website Journey 4 Planet Earth which is a new online community for people interested in becoming the real ‘change’ in the sustainability movement.
I am so pleased to see this website up and functioning. I think it is appropriate to upload two of my songs on the blog as they have relevance to the message that Journey 4 Planet Earth is projecting to the world.
The first is a song that I wrote while Robert Price was in the room and occasionally we jammed to it and had lots of fun. It’s called ‘Manic Oppression’ and its fundamental concept is to stop looking beyond our planet. Most people give into this doctrine of ‘progress’ when real answers and solutions have been floating around for hundreds of years, yet we cannot utilize them because of our reliance on a oppressive system.
I just finished reading Jean-Paul Sartre’s book ‘Colonialism and Neocolonialism’ which reminded me that “freedom cannot be given, it can only be taken away”. I think the contemporary societal discourse is serving to ‘manage freedom’, whereby rhetoric and culture supply us with an ideological belief in freedom which is reflective in modern historical struggles. Yes we fought against fascism but the ‘Wests’ investment first colonialism and now capitalist imperialism has only made us better at hiding our true oppressive fascist nature in contemporary society. Look at media or our education system for example. We are merely a consciousness that has been manipulated to join the consumption machine.
Yes, taking from the Earth’s bounty is a fundamental human characteristic, but it’s not the best human characteristic to intensify and then perpetuate for human survival. The paradigm of consumption is consuming our chances of survival. Therefore, ‘Manic Oppression’ reflects my frustration of being passionate about environmental sustainability, yet simultaneously being manipulated to feel apathetic and pessimistic to creating fundamental environmental solutions under our contemporary global power structures.
Freedom to me consists of living naturally with Earth. Rather we manipulate it, so that populations can grow and diseases can be delayed. However, when we seemingly belittle nature in our minds it amounts to dire consequences in reality.
In the mainstream discourse, economics remains to be firstly, more important than the environment and secondly, be labeled as the solution to environmental degradation. This myth, is backed by professional advertising and squeaky clean power-point presentations given by multinational corporations who serve their own interests in investing in their green revolution. These fossil fuel emitting corporations are sure spending money to manipulate the public through “green-washing” which is serving to perpetuate their interests in perhaps a future time. This revolution is not about the interests of corporations and contemporary power structures, it is about the safety of people. The biggest threat to human survival is not terrorism (which is a reaction to US imperialism), but U.S. imperialism itself! The U.S. must stop manipulating their nation in order to remain a hegemonic imperialist and start providing progressive solutions to the problems we face.
The next song is called “Falling Through Blue and Green”. This song describes the observations made by a new conscious coming into the world through a gene pool. Then the simple and pure observations that the conscious makes.