Toronto G20 Summit – Why Protest?

Because this whole “globalization” nonsense is just a race to the bottom for humanity, a senseless pursuit of money & power for the elites, the biggest hinderance to humankind imaginable… We’re selling out to the cheapest bidder and in the process, polluting our world, our bodies and our minds when so much more is possible for us. Our jobs are being sold out overseas where penny-wages are paid and conditions are appaling. We are not at fault because I think we are living in a matrix of sorts, a matrix of corporations and big interests and many people are completely unawares that they are in a system, because of the lifelong conditioning and being so burdened with their living condition and cannot see beyond it. On a greater scale however, things are starting to become apparent for many people: things as they are going bad for the human condition. When we focus on things like celebrity scams & bedroom shams, how blinged out we are to the world, always making sure that the tv is on to whatever, we lose sight of what the real root of the problem is, and how much power we do actually hold. We are bombarded with so much media concentration in our lives and they have a message to sell you. Righteously though, the airwaves and the media belong to the people, not a slowly conglomerating cannibalizing aggregate of corporations.

If you can be told what you see, hear and read, then it goes to say that you can be told what you say and think. And this is very dangerous when it comes to such a prevalent thing like the media being controlled by a few key players. Culture should be made from the bottom up, from the people, not top down like we have in our modern world. How many commercial jingles, television episodes and senseless movies are ingrained into the public mind? Not that movies and television are a bad thing, modern media is the most amazing teaching tool ever known to us. But on a bigger picture, the current mass media saturation does have a hidden message and provides a distraction from the issues at hand. We even have evidence that even cartoon violence reduces empathy, I often wonder why so often we see such excessive violence in everyday shows and the majority of video game titles related to killing. Is it that this reduces our overall empathy to others through repeated exposure? When we have arms manufacturers owning public news and media outlets it is alarming at what absolute power unchecked can come to as we hear of the increasing death toll from both sides of the conflict. We allow this to happen when we blindly follow leaders and their promises. These backroom deals need to stop, for with them we are on the losing end of the bargain.

While the media creates a sensation on the wildness and the dangers of the protest(ers?), amidst tightening security to martial-law like status, the vast, vast majority of the protesters that are popping out of the woodwork are understanding of the urgency of the cause, the need for peaceful progress towards a saner global policy. Our democracy and freedom is non existant with the unfolding situation at hand. How are things democratic when our democratically elected laws can be challenged, such as the W.T.Os first ruling to eliminate the United States Clean Air Act, because Brazil and Venezuela complained because it was a barrier to free trade. Furthermore, the problem is compounded when you think that some corporations are more powerful than many countries, being therefore able to exert their influence over them. The amount of corruption possible and rampant in this system is not what the lord intended for us, be that the case. It is up to us to either succumb to it or stand up and fight for something worth dying for… and the problem is not “Global Warming” or “Climate Change,” and even if it was then the solution to that would not be slow-deathy-by-taxation like we are being told by the mass media. Why don’t you stop fighting your wars, I’m sure that flying huge jets, bombers, carriers, launching missiles, satellites, dropping bombs, blowing up people, trees and places is doing a lot more damage to the earth and air than some old cars and SUV’s are doing-We’re not paying for your nonsense, especially when it involves you planting seeds of hatred, fear and loathing to the world, be it in the Iraqi kid who just saw his brother get killed or the teenage girl who will never feel like she can live up to the images she sees on TV.

Some people will say that we are dreamers and crazy, or that we are young and idealists with no idea of how the real world is, that that’s the way it is and it’s going to be, politicians lie cheat and steal-I need work & pay off my credit card bill and by the time that you’re all settled down with everything you’ll see the same. Well that’s Stockholm Syndrome, where a hostage will identify and sympathize with his captor, plain and simple. In the words of Margaret Mead:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

They understand the amount of blood, sweat and tears that their greed requires and stand unflinching at that, but they are scared because they know that their system requires our submission for it to come to fruition. We have the power to break, or make this. We can have our voices heard, we can give them as little of our money as possible, we can refuse to submit and take a stand, for the people who did so before and the generations that are yet to come. We can educate ourselves and reclaim what is rightfully ours-freedom!

The Knife – From off to on w/ Live Video

We can not wait much longer
We want happiness back
We want control of our bodies
Everything we’ve lacked
I think I even liked it
If the feeling was mine
A little something about my body
Is it the warmth inside

When we come home, we want it quiet and calm
We want you to sing us a song
When we come home, we pull the curtains down
Making sure that the TV is on

If you move a little closer
I’ll tell you what’s my aim
It’s every evening on a big screen
Hosted by celebrities
I had a dream about deleting and killer whales
Is it the feeling of your body
Or is it the feeling of mine

When we come home, we want it quiet and calm
We want you to be around
When we come home, we pull the curtains down
Making sure that the TV is on

From off to on
From off to on

The Knife – Marble House Lyrics w/ Video

I cut your nails and comb your hair
I carry you down the stairs
I wanted to see right through from the other side
I wanted to walk a trail with no end in sight

The moment we believe that we have never met
Another kind of love it’s easy to forget
When we are all alone then we do both agree
We have a thing in common this was meant to be

You close my eyes and soothe my ears
You heal my wounds and dry my tears
On the inside of this marble house I grow
And the seeds I sow will grow up prisoners too

The moment we believe that we have never met
Another kind of love it’s easy to forget
When we are all alone then we do both agree
We have a thing in common this was meant to be

Now where’s your shoulder
What is it’s name
What’s your scent
Say it again
If it goes faster can you still follow me
It must be safe when it’s on TV

I raise my hands to heaven of curiosity
I don’t know what to ask for
What has it got for me?
The others say we’re hiding
It’s as forward as can be
Some things I do for money
Some things I do for free

The video made the song make the last line crystal clear to me: Some things I do for money, Some things I do for free… It’s so true. The Knifes videos are so crazy and worthwhile, along with of course their videos. I first heard Karins voice in Röyksopps What Else is There and since have been listening to her lots. Very inspiring music I must say!!