There is a constant refrain that people do not take responsibility anymore for their actions, nor want to put the hard work in. Ambition has been replaced by the supposed ease of celebrity – that there is a spotlight with your name on it, you just need to find that stage where it shines for you to be a star. Forget that whether you want to be a number one selling artist or a rocket scientist you need talent, dedication, and hard work. Desire to make dreams come true is not enough, and no matter how much effort you put in you may never earn the pay off.
For Russell Brand, this eventual pay off eventually came from being prepared to do anything – such as in a pub toilet to jerk a man off and then being jerked off in turn for a documentary in 2002 – showing that such a hands on approach to climbing up the greasy poll to achieve Celebrity A status can be useful. An earned status which ten years later means on set Russell can allegedly get away with harassing a wardrobe assistant into flashing her breasts at him. Because what matters is the film, dignity can go hang – this is showbiz – so reach for the stars and get your tits out for a grinning toss pot.
The cheeky chappy trickster continues to get away with not being pulled up on his behaviour – see Paxman video above. Recently editing The New Statesman Brand begins:
When I was asked to edit an issue of the New Statesman I said yes because it was a beautiful woman asking me. I chose the subject of revolution because the New Statesman is a political magazine and imagining the overthrow of the current political system is the only way I can be enthused about politics.
The irony is because the capitalist system recognises the Brand image that sells movies, DvDs and magazines a business minded woman who understands the word profit (unlike Brand) will therefore employ a sexually harassing degenerate irresponsible jack ass. People cheer his rant against the system, and he gets away with it as a loveable rogue.
His mind numbing crass outlook on life is so lapped up Brand can tell us we have no responsibility because we are all going on instinct.
These problems that threaten to bring on global destruction are the result of legitimate human instincts gone awry, exploited by a dead ideology derived from dead desert myths. Fear and desire are the twin engines of human survival but with most of our basic needs met these instincts are being engaged to imprison us in an obsolete fragment of our consciousness. Our materialistic consumer culture relentlessly stimulates our desire. Our media ceaselessly engages our fear, our government triangulates and administrates, ensuring there are no obstacles to the agendas of these slow-thighed beasts, slouching towards Bethlehem.
Forget responsibility, like voting or trying to make democracy work better. Take drugs because it is a social disease, a genetic spiritual hole – so do not feel you have a responsibility for the lives you turned upside down due to your addiction. Instead let us all awaken the spiritual revolution from within:
The only systems we can afford to employ are those that rationally serve the planet first, then all humanity. Not out of some woolly, bullshit tree-hugging piffle but because we live on it, currently without alternatives. This is why I believe we need a unifying and in – clusive spiritual ideology: atheism and materialism atomise us and anchor us to one frequency of consciousness and inhibit necessary co-operation.
So don’t vote is Brand’s answer. Which must be a shame for The Natural Law Party who had been speaking this nonsense for a decade about consciousness and social cohesion.
They never managed to get beyond a tenth of a percent at elections and wound themselves up as an electoral party in 2003. The alternative spiritual response to the political system has no resonance at the polls – so no wonder Brand does not advocate voting.
Instead he argues for an emotionally engaged holistic antipathy to non involvement in democracy. It makes no sense unless you believe that conscious cosmic frequency creates an energy to change society if you are open minded enough. It should be obvious he is trying to mentally jerk us all off.
I am reminded when Terry Wogan interviewed David Icke. The audience were laughing and Wogan pointed out they were laughing at him not with him. I could hear that laughter again when Brand said:
I spoke of my belief that change could only come from within. “I’d like to be a spiritual orator . . .” I said grandly.
My twitter feed suggests some are still laughing with Russell. Myself, I think it is time for serious action inside the political system itself. Eddie Izzard has it right to be involved from within, engaged to make things change.
For only when those in power are those that hold our values can democracy truly reflect us – and if you want that it needs your talent, dedication and hard work.
It also needs your vote. You cannot just desire it.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog