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I had already written this passage last year, in:

The Kids Are Alright 4

but it is applicable to just such an eventuality as Ferguson.


Life for conscious, rationalising creatures is a birth to death struggle against perceived entropy.  Even if we didn't destroy ourselves, there are natural cycles of creation and decay.  We will never get away from that.  Science and religion will both claim catastrophe, but Nature is the master.  Call God the higher power instead if you want to.  It is inevitable in the natural world AND the human world.  Anyone who studies us can see how we crash around half blindly, because we don't live long enough to become truly wise.  But catastrophe is not unsurvivable--we hope.  At our most basic level, once we learn to secure food and shelter there is more that we need: spirituality, art, logic and reason.  Power becomes our attempt at safety, and so it is, until we blow it.  Sometimes entropy must be embraced in order to effect the CHANGE that we need to bring predictability, safety, and thus peace, to our world.  I make a distinction between entropy, where parts of things can naturally seem to be out of order (like a decaying log or a flooding stream, which processes we can see in action that we can rely on or which encourage us to reform into something structurally sounder, like a more enriched and stronger tree growing out of the loamy nutrients of decay--or more future predictive, like placing our structures farther away from the edge of the stream to avoid being washed away), and anarchy, where systems are destroyed with no clear path to resolution except eradication which informs nothing.  There is no anarchy in nature.  Everything is part of a cycle of growth and decay.  These cycles would happen whether we were watching or not--were happening before, will happen long after we are gone.  Instead, anarchy is a human perception which identifies those things which act AGAINST the reasoning that we must put our world in order to sustain manageable levels of comfort and peace and to prevent dissolution of society.  That IS society--managing our resources to support stability.  Complete anarchy is no good at a rock concert, and no good in society, it is a loss.  If the crowd goes wild and starts tearing up seats and starting fires, the band generally can't go on playing.  End of show.  "This way to the egress!"  Every man for himself = anarchy.  We have to start over from the beginning.  Too often that is what we are seeing today--even among our leaders--every man/woman/child for themselves.  The Punk Rock and Rock and Roll ideal of anarchy is merely a desire to hit some cosmic reset button.  Since we are so often already on our own, why not go all the way?  That is the reasoning.  But what we understand as we age is that our societies are twisted, they aren't hopeless.  We don't really want anarchy, but entropy (it just doesn't sound as ballsy!).

We have evolved creatively to be able to counteract our perception of anarchy in what we so often consider "our" world, and that is the guiding reason for our rise to be a preeminent species on Earth in all of our ways, shapes,and forms.  On the other hand, a little entropy is beneficial because it spurs us to think about what we are seeing.  It accentuates the intrinsic value of what is at stake, and it allows natural progression of thoughts and ideas and breeds leaders who lead through skill and intelligence in managing disarray back towards productive, deeply-rooted results.  We are catering to a range of perceptions and emotions that speak to the heart of us.  That is what art does, and the spirituality associated with art does this as well.  Art describes humanity.  By modern standards that is considered marginally better than a birthright avarice or claimed tribal divinity, and class-defined fear and oppression, or bullish domination (rife with associated bullshit) which is what all-out war brings, whether by corporate greed or by intolerant politics, which itself brings us to all-out war, anarchy.  Entropy can strengthen, anarchy can completely destroy.  Those adept at balance are the best leaders of all, and those come in all forms.  The best ones are able to rise above even their own tribe, to something universal.

"I'm just beginning to see/Now I'm on my way" MOODY BLUES Forever (Tuesday) Afternoon www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEMuAn…

Entropy is a loosening of control that allows us to test ourselves without falling flat, with a safety net--our society--with an intent towards something better: how to express ourselves and enhance our world without undue restriction, but which also acts as a restriction itself, on static oppression which allows progression of niche values for destructive behaviours that could lead to further decay and collapse for the majority, until our imaginations break free to answers that can't always rationally be taught, but must be discovered in a flash of understanding born out of some collective need, plus a history of paying attention, from out of the ashes, and out of the mouths of babes, and so to look ahead from that point, to shape our morals towards better behaviour by experience and effort, and even failure, not just by books of lists and dry history and tired legal, political, industrial, and financial fleecing routines.  That is NOT inspiring to everyone, no matter if it brings wealth.  It is NOT balance unless people are inspired and self-controlled at the same time.  This gives us the catalyst to find clearer paths.  It cannot BE controlled.  The discomfort of control is what feeds the fires of discontent.

--J. Shidler  April to November, 2013

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The Kids Are Alright

Highlighting hope and dismay in the modern world.

The Kids Are AlrightI'm going back to Rock and Roll.  
I've never been away really, but as I struggle with my own rebirth as a full-grown adult (I am 44 in 2013), and as I struggle with the way the world is changing, I am deciding to what extent my consciousness is maturing, and whether to "put away childish things", or at least which ones.  Rock and Roll is staying on the list of current events because it is as much a part of who I am as anything.  I can't disengage; it would be like removing my skeleton.  I don't have to fold it up and put it away in a drawer in order to be able to raise responsible kids or care for the elderly, but I do influence enough people that I have to come to terms with what Rock music IS, and whether it is a danger or a divinity.
It is both.
In a stellar example, I can't help seeing shades of The Who in what Nirvana was doing in the late eighties/early nineties.  Not to compare them directly or with intricacy, if you're a fan you've maybe already done t
The Kids Are Alright 2Where are those who speak out against blind faith and corruption?  Out of sight, and out of mind--hassled and detained on technicalities and infractions, led away to the pens to be reeducated about bullshit, or kicked out on the streets.  Those who don't want to play the game are not as well respected as those who use flashy domination and ladder climbing as an ideal, those who insinuate themselves into power and "society", by changing their stripes to match the herd's, but EVERYONE develops a skill that gives them an edge.  We are all cutting-edge in some way--all of us are.  We are all inherently skilled and creative.   It is part of human nature.  It is a basic aspect of life that we must compete in some way or join a religious retreat.  No one wants to identify as "poor" because we are still so rich in spirit and talents, but there is a flood of exodus from the upper-crust parties, even as wealth explodes for a tiny percentage of that thinning, in The Kids Are Alright 3Meanwhile, the secret machinations behind the scenes of "democracy" are at work as if The Cold War never ended.  We sell arms to tribesmen, then double-cross them and watch our towers fall.  "How dare they attack our Empire!", we wonder, idiotically.  Our obvious inattention to realistic outcomes is staggering, and now our countries stagger themselves, like punch-drunk prize-fighters, because we forgot basic maths, economics, human rights, and moral philosophy all at the same time!  No, terror is not credible, it is disgusting, but there IS a twisted logic behind it.  We reap what we sow.  And whereas our official policy used to be that "We will not treat with terrorists."  We always DID behind the scenes.  We do it openly now.  The CIA is now, according to senator John McCain, in Syria training rebels, some of whom have posted videos of beheadings and lining up those heads of their conquests on bookshelves as trophies.  This is the lev The Kids Are Alright 4Does ANY of that legal, or business, or political mumbo-jumbo REALLY represent us, The American People, and Peoples around the world?  Of course not.  It never has.  It represents the one percent of leaders who CANNOT dig their way to the surface of their own bullshit-spewing machine into the light of day again, plus whoever they can dupe into unwavering loyalty no matter what nonsense they pull.  That is NOT who we are!  In EVERY culture of the world, the power brokers are LUCKY, LUCKY, if they represent even a fraction of the general population.  One reason is because they promise us everything we ask for when running for office and then deliver a fraction of that, or some ill-gotten commodity to placate us, some of which is helpful, and some of which only delays the bite we feel when our systems break down because they were playing games, not leading us to our OWN goals.  We elect an idealised image, and they immediately begin to act counter to wha The Kids Are Alright 5In our search through the world's craziness and intelligence, in our journeys and pilgrimages, we each may come to COMBINE our wisdoms from around the world, and be a HUMAN tribe, not hold desperately onto our own methods in the face of global knowledge and reason.  It is ok to have an identity, a tribal history and love, but does it have to be exclusive?  Not in America, and look at all of the corporations and governments still trying to insert themselves and CONTROL the greatest sources of global knowledge ever to come along: world universities, the internet, religions.  Look at them SURVIELLING AND OPPRESSING and charging higher and higher FEES to their own people as a means of control, mimicking each other in a hypocritical bid to NOT be like the other guy, when they mostly end up being EXACTLY like each other.  We all end up exactly alike using nearly the same tactics, only to different degrees.   We CHOOSE to live by the law.  Our will CANNOT be cont The Kids Are Alright 6Art and education tells us the truth about the world.  THAT is what music does, and especially Rock and Roll: it helps us to push back the encroachment of flawed ideals long enough for us to study them and to reform our attitudes into something stronger, something better, something truthful, something priceless.  Are there casualties?  There are.  Any time we push through the doors of consciousness there are times when we push too far, or are ourselves pushed too far and over a cliff, or thugs are sent out to beat us down.  The outriders and scouts sometimes don't come back; the prophets are consumed in the repressions of their damning society and their era, always inherently geared towards backlash; the shamans go on their vision quests and one day don't return (maybe because no one listened anyway, or didn't comprehend), and we are left to close ranks and find more volunteers.  The people are caught between joining those wanting change and following lead

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