Posted by: docdenbow | November 23, 2011

A Farewell To Kings – It’s Just A Ride

I’m not as young as I was, and with the inevitable ageing process comes an increasing desperation as to what has become and is becoming of the world that we’re living in. Our cities once celebrated places to visit have become virtual no go areas in the hours of darkness over run by the mob rule of menacing youths in hoodies. No more do we go window shopping in the evenings to marvel at intricate window displays, and generally get out into the fresh air. We don’t need to – we have Argos catalogues. Besides we would never think of taking our children out anywhere – it’s just not worth the effort of dragging the obnoxious little brats out of their gadget festooned bedrooms. We just take the easy way – with a gentle shrug and a “leave him there, he’s happy enough.”

Alex Lifeson

Alex Lifeson

Then I see the massive inequality of pay, poverty and lifestyle and possibly life expectancy between the rich and the poor in our beloved little Kingdom. Yet is it right to call what we live in a Kingdom? Our monarch exerts precious little influence on our society and our politicians are controlled, coerced and cajoled by shadowy figures who hold the real power because they hold the purse strings. Were things any better during the strike riddled 1970s when I was growing up? Probably not, did the shadowy figures that David Icke believes in control the world? If they do now they did then – all in the name of creating chaos and anarchy.

From there I got to thinking about the recent recent riots that fanned out from the capital city. Most of those involved were kids from areas of high unemployment – what we used to called deprived. Yes their actions were outrageous, criminal, anarchic and there was mob rule and wanton destruction with the police powerless to quash this insurrection. But weeks later we see a more measured intellectual rebellion via the occupation of the grounds of St. Paul’s Cathedral by anti capitalist demonstrators.Are we heading for a socialist revolution? Are they poles apart from the destructive rebels who smashed up and torched many of England’s finest city. Will these twin attacks be a wake up call to the people in power that we are fed up of an uneven society? I hope so.

Bill Hicks, 1991, by me

Bill Hicks ~1991 (Photo credit: marjoree)

I just hope the early part of this century is not viewed in the future as a time when so many opportunities were missed and our society reverted to Victorian values where the rich were rich, and sometimes innovative, and the poor were slum residents with no way out or hope of a better life than the drudgery that they faced day in day out.

It is possible to make our society better –

“Here’s what you can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defence each year, and instead spend it feeding, clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, for ever, in peace.”  Bill Hicks

And perhaps the lyrics to a 1977 song by Canadian rocker Rush may well prophecy how we enlightened 21st century westerner will be viewed..

“When they turn the pages of history
When these days have passed long ago
Will they read of us with sadness
For the seeds that we let grow
We turned our gaze
From the castles in the distance
Eyes cast down
On the path of least resistance
Cities full of hatred
Fear and lies
Withered hearts
And cruel tormented eyes
Scheming demons
Dressed in kingly guise
Beating down the multitude
And scoffing at the wise
The hypocrites are slandering
The sacred halls of Truth
Ancient nobles showering
Their bitterness on youth
Can’t we find
The minds that made us strong
Can’t we learn
To feel what’s right and wrong”

A Farewell to Kings (music: Lee, Lifeson, Peart) (lyrics: Peart)




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