A global revolution for environmental conservation, world peace and social justice

Soil erosion, Southfield. Days of dry warm south westerly winds and bare fields provide the ideal conditions for windblown soil erosion. The fine particles of sandy soil become airborne and get into everything. Here by Southfield a plantation of young trees is being sand blasted. (Wikimedia)

I have been musing about how I can reconnect to the despair and outrage at the state of the world I felt when I was a young boy – environmental destruction, societal oppression, religious indoctrination and so on. At the same time, I am also inspired and encouraged by today’s younger generations that bring fresh energy, enthusiasm and vision to champion for a better future through challenging the inhumane and unjust system that serves only the minority of “elites” at the expense of the majority of humanity.

Russell Brand Arthur Premier
Russell Brand (Wikipedia)

Incidentally, I came across an article by Collective Evolution after my musing just now, and I dare say people like Russell Brand, who enthused in a recent interview video about the world revolution, is doing a good job in bringing more awareness and passion to more people about the need for a world revolution and how we all can be part of it in our own ways.

I also recalled having come across the phrase “rage against the machine” some time ago, and I decided to google it just now, and I learnt from Wikipedia that it is the name of an American rap metal band that was formed in the 1990s. I learnt that the band has composed and sung a number of songs to address injustice and oppression imposed by the political and capitalistic systems. I guess the word “machine” in the name “Rage against the machine” is probably used to allude to the propagandistic machine used by the elite to “brainwash” the masses. I was reading about one of their songs called “Wake Up”, and I noted from Wikipedia that the band’s frontman has been actively addressing inequality and speaking about the need for everyone to unite as one.

 At the Big Day Out in Australia 2008, De La Rocha gave a speech discouraging globalism, saying it makes the rich richer and the poor poorer. He applauded the crowd for voting out former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, then broke into screams of “Wake Up”.

Zack de la Rocha and Tom Morello of Rage Again...
Zack de la Rocha and Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine at Coachella 2007 (Wikipedia)

At the band’s June 8 2010 gig at the O2 in Dublin, Ireland, De La Rocha gave a speech discussing the current economic system and how multinational companies are blaming the middle/working class for the problems that the multinational companies themselves caused. De La Rocha was quoted as saying:

“You know I’ve been getting really frustrated turning on the news recently and listening to all this talk. All this talk about Ireland and all this talk about Portugal and all this talk about Spain and all this talk about Greece. And all they seem to be saying is “Oh the people in Ireland and Spain and Greece and Portugal oh they had it too easy”. And the very companies that run these stations like CNN profited so greatly from the housing bubble and crisis that they created. The very people that created the economic recession are the first to blame to us for the reason that it came about. And I’m sick of them saying this over and over again knowing full well that the reason we have pensions that the reason we have vacations and the reason we have 8 hour work days is precisely because of the kind of actions that our brothers and sisters are taking in Greece right now. People taking to the streets against the wealthy class who have been robbing us all for years. And in the face of all this propaganda I wanna say, we have here to unite here in Europe, we have to unite here in Europe across ethnic lines across religious differences across racial lines and it’s now the lines are clear. It’s us against the wealthy plain and simple. It’s time to wake up. WAKE UP.”

[From “Wake Up (Rage Against the Machine song)]

I have come to see that the main problem is the mindset or the system that creates a social divide among people, or as Thich Nhat Hanh put it, “we are here to awake from the illusion of separateness”. As Charles Eisenstein of the Occupy Love movement in the below video also said, “this shift of consciousness that inspires such things is universal, 99% and 1%, and it’s awakening in different people in different ways”.

Here’s sharing an excerpt of my blog in which I was musing about the case of revolution, which I was re-reading in view of the above video about the love revolution.

“Many look at the twentieth century as a time of great economic and technical advance, but history, while recognizing the technical innovation, will condemn this century as the most vile in man’s history.  The miracle that began in Greece, expanded in Rome, flourished in the Renaissance & Enlightenment and finally found its modern form in the western liberal democracy has been been gutted by a century of materialism, enslavement, slaughter and greed.”

(From “The Infomocracy Dilemma: Revolution or Disengagement?” by Robert Bonomo)

Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In response, I wrote:

“I agree with the gist of the message of the above-mentioned article that the best way to counter or overcome the self-serving regime controlled by mega corporations in the long run is “enlightened disengagement”. While protests and occupy movements have their place in creating awareness, the longer term and more permanent solution is within reach of each of us individuals – by consciously and actively making decisions in our daily life to disengage ourselves from the consumerist culture and propaganda and the like as much as we can, and to participate in collaborative and environment-friendly activities, such as reusing, reducing and recycling materials, buying locally produced organic food, spending within our means, seeking our own spiritual paths, and so on.”

(From “A very condensed case for revolution“)

Yes, to me, awareness is the first step, and then it involves a conscious decision to disengage ourselves from the system or the mindset of the consumerist culture, and at the same time, to participate in activities that contribute to a more humane world and a more sustainable environment, while spreading awareness through our day-to-day living and sharing of useful resources with others.

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“Something Every Student, Teacher and Person Should See”

This article “Something Every Student, Teacher and Person Should See” by Arjun Walia from Collective Evolution resonates with me about creating our own reality and doing the things our heart desires instead of following the crowd in a consumerist culture. Like what the article says, “When you follow your heart, you can access the magic that’s all around us, the non-physical phenomenon that can help us on our quest”.

Alan Watts – What if Money Were No Object? NorthStarNetworker.com

As a dear friend said, “once we have dereligionized and deconsumerized ourselves, there is not much left to live for, other than loving people and making this world a better place”. Yes, being free from religious conditioning and consumerist culture enables us to focus on what really matters in life – loving our neighbors as ourselves through sharing the Earth’s resources which belong to everyone, and making the world a better place through using our gifts and talents. We will also enjoy the true treasures of the world with awe and wonder – the beauty of Nature, music, poetry, art, friendship and so on.

You’ve Felt It Your Entire Life – Are You Ready To Be Free? The Global Awakening

“You’ve felt it your entire life that there is something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. Do you know what I’m talking about? The Matrix. The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window, or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth. What truth? That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind.

Deep inside, you have always known the truth, that none of this has to be this way, that there is more to life than what we’ve been told, that your life has a greater purpose. You are here to wake up.”

~ Collective Evolution

“If you started informing people who are misinformed, you would spend the rest of your life informing people that are misinformed.” – Charles Manson

“Only psychos and shamans create their own reality” — Terence McKenna

I think this video is about challenging the mind-numbing influence of mass media and not conforming to the societal norms. It will take a conscious effort for us to be free and stay free from the conditionings of the propaganda. Terence McKenna, who was a shaman, lecturer and philosopher, has advocated the need to liberate ourselves too by creating our own reality. I like the following quotes which relate to this topic.

“We are caged by our cultural programming. Culture is a mass hallucination, and when you step outside the mass hallucination you see it for what it’s worth.”

“Personal empowerment means deconditioning yourself from the values and the programs of the society and putting your own values and programs in place.”

“You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms.”
Terence McKenna

Yes, we are divine beings and co-creators of our own world. We are in the world but not of the world system. It takes a continual act of balancing between the reality of living in the world system and the creation of our own reality to rise above the shackles of the values and programs of the society through our own personal empowerment.

Are You Ready To Be Free? The Global Awakening

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The Time Has Come!
Feel Alive by Ralph Smart. The New Book Now Available Below:
http://www.infinitewaters.net/books

Much of what Ralph Smart shared in the video resonates with me, such as being in Nature feels liberating as we can be ourselves, whereas in the city, it can be hard to be ourselves all the time due to the pressure to conform to certain expectations of the society – he shared that when he was in the city, he felt as if his spirit was driven into the ground. According to him, we are turning back to Nature because there is nowhere else to go, and when we are in Nature, our thoughts are organic and free, like the organic/natural/unprocessed food we eat that contains natural information, not mechanical or processed.

I agree that Nature reminds us of our true intrinsic value – we are the original currency, not money, and Mother Nature makes the earth goes round as Nature facilitates our lives. He added that being free means feeling lighter, and loving and accepting ourselves for who we are, which is not based on our titles or qualifications or religion or colour, or based on what others tell us. So, to live free is to” know thyself” – to recover our vision about ourselves and be our authentic self, not based on what television tells us. Last but not least, breathing the clean fresh air in Nature expands us/our consciousness from within, creates inner peace and equilibrium, and promotes longevity.

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