Here’s a piece of wisdom I gained on getting older that I’d like to pass on to you.
Fundamentally & Culturally most things don’t change for the better. Who’d ever thought John Coltrane’s innovative music would become the background sound to corporate bookshops and trendy posh boutiques named after past revolutionaries. Radical thoughts get accommodated, marketed and undermined by those most threatened by them; the Establishment. I certainly never imagined Punk to be used for the promotion of autos, beers and mass sports products! This might sound naive and obvious to the wise but for most young people; especially the poor who need to be ambitious, change is their driving force. Born into extreme poverty it certainly drove me forward; it was either an upgrade of circumstance or early death. Who really gives a shit if you live or die. For a population to actually care in these matters you must be a helpless toddler, popular media celebrity or of the Establishment; definitely not a constant radical like me. See I’ve spent my whole life not wanting to become one of those ego-driven-publicity-seeking-puerile-arseholes; my strength being a force behind the scene inspiring others. So although my work is loved and enjoyed internationally by millions, I am ordained to die as I was born; just another unknown. Our true worth completely undervalued until long after we are dead. Then we can be rediscovered and be exploited by the Establishment.
And here comes the puchline:
The human race is not as smart as it needs to be.
Particularly selfish fuckers who spend their whole lives blindly immersed in wasteful indulgences as the World decays whilst others acutely suffer nearby.
Therefore the root content of my wisdom website does not drastically alter; a bit like the bible. Don’t worry, I don’t believe in religion. So if it doesn’t flicker*flash*fast*, following the latest glitzy graphics, it’s as real life! Unless of course you're eternally on drugs.... Hey there’s some positive aspects to not charging towards every whim or trendy-in. Fortunately for us Elvis wasn’t fashion-forced into disco dancing on TV like Lou Reed in the 80’s & the all-night-drug-clubbing-crowd. Frank Sinatra avoided doing a dub reggae album with strings, Dizzy G had his own rap and Muddy Waters died before rave arrived.
Any new thoughts on this wobbly western condition we’re jammed in, difficult isn’t it?
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