Rage

What will it take to make this generation passionate about change?

Call it wrath if you like,
or righteous anger.
Rage is good.

When it wells up from deep inside you, it is immediate, compelling, real. It is the only emotion strong enough to start a war – or stop one. Rage can change laws, take down corporations and topple governments.

Rage drives revolutions.

In the sixties, black America raised its fist and refused to take any more abuse from white society. In the seventies, women turned the age-old masculine order on its head. In the eighties, environmentalists mobilized en masse against the death of nature. But what about today? What is this generation up to? Is there any fire burning inside their guts?

At the Battle in Seattle, I asked people, “Why are you here?”

The answers ranged from Buddhist homilies to anarchist rants. But one man said something I'll never forget: “Ever since I was a baby, crawling around the TV, I've been lied to. I've been propagandized. I've been told all my life that I'll be happy if I buy stuff and worship the cool. Now I feel diminished, warped. I'm a pale version of what I could have been. I've been mindfucked. And now it's payback time.”

Three generations have now been raised not as a part of the natural world – like the 30,000 generations before – but in a synthetic reality. A reality defined by advertising, media and consumer-driven culture. These generations have been hyped, suckered, aroused, thrilled – their fears, needs and desires manipulated in the most grotesque ways. Capitalist hype is the music of their anxiety, the gray noise of their depression, the muzak of their despair.

Now, finally, a rage is beginning to stir deep within. And out of this discordant rage, the movement of our information age will be born.

For the Wild, Kalle

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Lewis

I thoroughly agree, but what to do? Stop consuming, move into the bush and become a hermit?

It seems like the problem is centred around how modern economics is run. Where economic progress is based on an annual increase in GDP (or GNP) rather than any sort of measure of human fulfilment. No heed is paid to the ecological impact of growth (when it is it is merely an afterthought) or the stark reality that infinite growth, year after year, is plainly impossible in our finite world. Modern economics says to us road to fulfilment is paved with ipods and plasma screens. It is time to change, but change to what?

Lewis

I thoroughly agree, but what to do? Stop consuming, move into the bush and become a hermit?

It seems like the problem is centred around how modern economics is run. Where economic progress is based on an annual increase in GDP (or GNP) rather than any sort of measure of human fulfilment. No heed is paid to the ecological impact of growth (when it is it is merely an afterthought) or the stark reality that infinite growth, year after year, is plainly impossible in our finite world. Modern economics says to us road to fulfilment is paved with ipods and plasma screens. It is time to change, but change to what?

Anonymous

Love your words of wisdom. I believe it is time for the next generation to step up and claim what is rightfully ours, through any means necessary. I for one will be there when the shit hits the fan. Like a front line soldier ready for any consequence of my actions leading us into true freedom!

Anonymous

Love your words of wisdom. I believe it is time for the next generation to step up and claim what is rightfully ours, through any means necessary. I for one will be there when the shit hits the fan. Like a front line soldier ready for any consequence of my actions leading us into true freedom!

David White

How fitting that the most popular and influential anti-consumerist music group ever to exist was named Rage Against the Machine. "Anger is a gift," whispers lead singer Zach De La Rocha in one song. Our species is hard-wired to feel anger and hatred, it is now up to us to channel that instinctual passion in the right direction.

"Fight Club" is another fine exposee on rage... in which its two manifestations (mindless violence and creative resistance) are conveyed.

Let us not turn rage into violence, nor let anger blind us. At its core, rage must be transformed into courage. Fight the good fight friends, with all of your heart.

David White

How fitting that the most popular and influential anti-consumerist music group ever to exist was named Rage Against the Machine. "Anger is a gift," whispers lead singer Zach De La Rocha in one song. Our species is hard-wired to feel anger and hatred, it is now up to us to channel that instinctual passion in the right direction.

"Fight Club" is another fine exposee on rage... in which its two manifestations (mindless violence and creative resistance) are conveyed.

Let us not turn rage into violence, nor let anger blind us. At its core, rage must be transformed into courage. Fight the good fight friends, with all of your heart.

roy

has the modern revolutionist denounced all dogma only to realize they are the most dogmatic of all? has the 'institutions' of life made it impossible for we post-moderns to trust any institution at all? wondering if rage/malice/anger/_____ have any redeeming attributes if not channeled through an institution/structure that would in essence have the same capability of 'mind fucking' someone else. you only trade one form of propaganda for another, one bureaucracy for another, the common denominator is people. people are not good. i'm not good. your not good. thoughts that smell esoteric or supreme are what truly 'mind fucks' people if that same thought does not say "I am the chief of all mind fuckers'. rage has no place without humility.

roy

has the modern revolutionist denounced all dogma only to realize they are the most dogmatic of all? has the 'institutions' of life made it impossible for we post-moderns to trust any institution at all? wondering if rage/malice/anger/_____ have any redeeming attributes if not channeled through an institution/structure that would in essence have the same capability of 'mind fucking' someone else. you only trade one form of propaganda for another, one bureaucracy for another, the common denominator is people. people are not good. i'm not good. your not good. thoughts that smell esoteric or supreme are what truly 'mind fucks' people if that same thought does not say "I am the chief of all mind fuckers'. rage has no place without humility.

summer

good call!

it is not our talents nor our possessions that make us what we are, it is our choices

summer

good call!

it is not our talents nor our possessions that make us what we are, it is our choices

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