Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Comedy: Religion, Human Rights

Most young people today reject the label "religion" (just like the labels "liberal" and "feminist" are rejected). Instead, we are "spiritual." We are progressive and egalitarian. What went wrong with these words? People were too stuffy, too full of themselves, too angry. "We all want a revolution," the Beatles will tell you. We just don't want to be inconvenienced.

"Give me convenience or give me death" Jello Biafra is famous for singing. Bob Marley and other icons knew better and therefore couldn't be tolerated by the military-industrial-pharmaceutical complex. It's all about awakening consciousness.

Just about everything the government, consumer-capitalists, and drug-makers do is aimed at putting people to sleep. Sometimes comedy -- Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman, Bill Maher -- can help wake us up.

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