From revolution to evolution.
By Elva Carri
“The dead human ape has not evolved for the last 10,000 years…Now we must transform, become enlightened, so we can access the next realm of consciousness necessary for our evolution. I think we elect to ignore the spiritual and it causes a deficit for ourselves and our culture and for our planet… we’re all basically the same as one another, we’re all connected to each other and we have a collective responsibility.”
Love him or love him not
I have not always been a fan of Russell Brand. A few years ago, it looked to me like he was all show and no substance, an opinion that was reinforced when he was spotted at the London riots and asked what he was doing there. He couldn’t answer the question, he didn’t seem to know. When Russell acted as a guest editor of the New Statesman, he wrote a manifesto and within it actually describes that day. He was shopping with a stylist when the protest came to his attention. He likes a bit of chaos, so he dropped the shopping and went to take part. Within the context of his current ideas, it seems that impulse was not to ‘look like he was at a protest’ but perhaps to participate in something with a different purpose; to be amongst people who knew that things need to change. His instincts were his motive and they’ve led him on a pretty interesting journey.
The Paxman interview
After his stint as editor with the New Statesman, the infamous Paxman interview came about; where Paxman challenges Brand on his choice not to vote. I still was not on board with Brand hype. Why was this man so adamantly opting out when he wasn’t proposing an alternative? Paxman asks him the same question and he laughs it off saying, well he was busy editing a magazine wasn’t he and he wasn’t about to invent it right there on the spot. But why would a man who seemed to not have any clear plan try to incite revolution? His manifesto didn’t come with ‘5 Step How To Instructions”, so what were we to do with it?
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