Poetry, music and art of all kinds can often portray a message in a way that simply speaking it alone cannot. I like to think of all the different mediums, being a different portal to accessing a wider audience. A good example of this is comedy- Bill Hicks, George Carlin and most recently Russell Brand all deliver such a potent message with humor and it is an incredibly effective way to reach a new pocket of people.
Spoken word is another scene that is exploding and offers a platform for a diverse range of messages. I created this video to explore the topics of war, the devaluation of lives based on ethnicity and the government’s oppression that leads to destructive behaviour and a deep feeling of hopelessness in many citizens. We want a just and fair society, now is the time to create that society!
The video opens up taking about the Palestine/Israel conflict. In 1947 after world war 2 the UN general assembly passed a resolution (which was never enacted) that Palestine should be divided up giving 55% for a Jewish state (although only 6% of Palestine was Jewish owned), with the remaining 45% being left for the Palestinian state.
The resolution was passed without the consultation of the Palestinian people, who rejected the proposal. In 1948 Israel seized 78% of the land resulting in the displacement of 750,000 palestinians.
There are currently 500,000 Israelis living illegally in the West Bank, with Palestinians in this area and the Gaza Strip living in limbo. They have no nation, no citizenship, and no democratic power over their lives. They have also been stripped of the right to vote in national elections.
As you can see from this image Israel continues to grow and Palestine continues to shrink and we are not blameless in this situation, individually as taxpayers and collectively as a nation. The US gives $3.15 billion a year in military aid to Israel, which is due to increase to $3.7. billion in 2018, with many other western countries also aiding this conflict.
I think it is important to state that in the same way the American and British people are not responsible for the crimes of their leaders, that this is not an attack on the Israeli people. But the government which is committing these crimes.
Only a small section of this poem was about this conflict, but I felt this an important issue to address as it is one that is heavily avoided in the west due to the power of Israel and the possibility of being labeled anti semitic.
The running theme of this poem is that of justice and in the western media we have a systematic dehumanising of groups that are different from ourselves. Media will affiliate groups with other groups that do not share the same ideology, but many will believe them to have the affiliation.
The most obvious example of this is that of Muslims and terrorism. Every time a Muslim commits a crime, the media will highlight the fact that they are Muslim, when you couple this with the continual pointing out of differences eg: They wear burkas or their skin is different or they treat their women differently, and the stories of Muslim minority groups that commit crimes such as female genital mutilation. You all of a sudden have a group that consists of over 1.6 billion people (nearly 25% of the world) being painted with a brush that only represents a fraction of Muslim people. This is why when we hear statistics like 500,000 people died in Iraq it seems less important than 52 dead in the UK.
I say this not to play down the life of anyone, but to argue that we should all be equal and that “collateral damage” cannot be used to excuse the loss of life to one group of people, while we call it terrorism when people of our nation are killed. The elephant in the room really is that war has 2 sides, we are 1 side in any given conflict. The other side are just an opposing side and we portray it as we are right and they are wrong, but ultimately it is a disagreement between 2 groups that has escalated to violence, both sides think they are right and there is no impartial group that shares the facts about these conflicts.
Our media is the western media, with a western agenda in mind. For the most part they do not form an impartial argument that takes into account all sides of the story, they promote their agendas with the assumption that we are right, they are wrong and our lives are more valuable than theirs, in this lies the problem of ever having a fair representation of world events.
Couple this with the fact that our media for the most part is owned by billionaires, with billionaire agendas, we not only see disparity in what should be reported in issues on war, but also on most issues that are in favour of people from the working class.
I then go into more localised issue, such as our government’s oppression of its own people. The fact that schooling promotes an agenda to make people fit into a system which is not conducive of the life we would ideally be living. How our government is privatising many areas that should be non profit and governed for the people by the people.
When do we say enough is enough and take the money out of things that should be a human right. Food, water, shelter, health and even our time has been commodified. With our existence being systematically put into negative equity through debt. Yes this is a choice, but the deck is stacked against you- the average wage in the UK is £26,000, but the average house price is £209,000 how can anyone buy a house if they are so disproportionately priced in comparison to our income.
The problem we have in the world is not a lack of resources, but a disproportionate distribution of those resources. We literally have enough to home, feed, water and shelter every man, woman and child on this planet, yet we support a system that disbalances things to such a degree that most people have hardly any resources and a very small group have all the resources.
What is quite scary to think is that on a global scale, we (the west) are the elite. Being on the average wage I mentioned (£26,000) actually places you in the top 0.93% of global wealth and most of us are struggling with that, this goes to show how disproportionately distributed the rest of the wealth is.
For some of us this may leave a feeling of hopelessness, but the truth is things are changing, new legislation is coming in, with the US planning to reduce and eventually ban private prisons. There is a breaking point that is being forced by police brutality which will lead to tighter laws and restrictions and while it may seem hopeless now, the darkness is making us shine our lights that little bit brighter.
Our government has become so blatantly oppressive in a way that people have never seen before. I think this leads to rebellion and people standing up against injustice. People are changing, conversations are changing, people see the injustice in a way that has never been seen before and we have had enough.
A great way to sum this up is a beautiful story I heard from a friend recently about deers, who have a democratic process that puts us to shame involving when they visit the watering hole/lake to drink. You see as a deer, visiting the watering hole is a dangerous game, as there are predators. But if you can visit together you have a little more safety in numbers. So what they do is when they want to make the journey is they face it and only when 50% of the herd is facing the watering hole do they all instinctively make the journey.
This is what is happening now, more and more of us are facing the watering hole and every time you do so, you give those around you permission to do so. Eventually when we hit critical mass we will all make a move to drink. A few of us may be eaten by the wolves, but the majority will drink and this is what is needed, a few more brave people who are willing to die for a cause that is greater than themselves.
The way we move forward is through love, compassion, community and deconditioning. Don’t be afraid to speak of injustice, because the only way we stop it is by addressing it. One thing we all have in common is the fact that we are human beings and all the problems we have in this world come from 2 or more opposing ideas. Instead of shutting down others ideas we need to hear them, no matter how far removed they are from our own and work on co creating a world that serves the masses, not the elite.
There are many things that can be taken from us as human beings, but our behavior and how we react in the face of adversity and inequality is up to us. You may not be able to control the way others behave, but you can control yourself and if you can do the right thing, you give others the permission to do the right thing. I will leave you with the words of Martin Luther King on this one.
This is perhaps the most important article I have ever written, so please share it far and wide and if you have any ideas on moving humanity forward email me firstname.lastname@example.org much love, Luke
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Luke Miller is the editor at Truth Theory and creator of Potential For Change. He believes that spirituality is the foundation for good health and likes to use the fundamental laws of nature to help you create more happiness, satisfaction, joy, freedom and bliss within your world. You Can Join Him For His Latest Free Course “Tuning Into The Natural Laws Of The Universe” By Clicking Here.