Deviant Login Shop
 Join deviantART for FREE Take the Tour
About Varied / Professional Premium Member Astral TravellerMale/United States Recent Activity
Deviant for 7 Years
23 Month Premium Membership
Statistics 1,344 Deviations 20,840 Comments 36,162 Pageviews

Newest Deviations

Random Favourites

Groups

Journal History

In messages, in Morse code, in waveform, in radio broadcasts, through internetworks, we can continue to call attention to our need for understanding, because people willing to address our own natures head on, not with blinkers and blinders, and be GROUNDED in natural truth AND in faith in our spiritual connection to each other and to ALL things can overcome ignorance and tribal preachings of hate, and move along to the next era knowing we did the best we could to leave a better world, with more understanding, and more tools available, and fewer fools wielding them.  Either way we must face our problems, by reasoned, multipronged, multirepresentative approach, if we DON'T want to destroy each other.  If we do, it is our own faults because we taught each other hate, and we must then bury another generation of our own children, having been torn to pieces by our unwillingness to learn about each other and each other's hopes and dreams.  Go ahead and sound another call to arms, and we will signal that too, and that energy to fight each other also drifts on the wind to anyone and to any country sniffing around for blood, and they come running to lunge at our throats.  We know there are many animals of institutional "thought" dying to shoot us down, to see us bleed.  And to them we say: "F#*k you...and listen,"  Nobody has to take anything lying down, but do pay attention, because the call to peace is often a lot harder to hear than air-raid sirens...

So what?  So what we are TRYING TO FORMULATE, as we grow and age, is what life gives us and how to use it, what levels and layers of universal and cross-cultural meaning and centredness there are.  How are we similar and different?  What is true and what is cheap paneling that won't protect anyone in a storm?  Who do our city towers truly represent and on whose backs are they built?  How is wealth beneficial or a detriment?  At exactly what point does exploitation of the Earth, its creatures, and each other, tip us into nightmare or lead us into dreams?  This is the search for balance that COULD be inherent in ALL of our works.  It isn't.  To find it you have to look.  You have to look for it.  You have to look at it.  Don't assume someone else is doing it for you.  Don't give away your will so easily.  You may not need it, but someone less fortunate probably does.  You may be their only lifeline.  Yours may be the only opinion standing between you and war.

So in terms of the legal and moral freedoms that society professes to retain for us, if some glimpse of truth about ourselves should inspire us to do so, as we are being filled with a thousand dates, definitions, verses, and formulae, some true, and some not, in school, and worship, and at work, at play, and from the Houses of Parliament in every country, one student here and there only need lift the curtain aside a little--to find bullshit raining down from the giant bull gods of institutional "thought" as far as the eye can see, with which we are showered at the grass-roots level, and may well count ourselves lucky, because we don't know anything else, and die dirty and sick and poor and taken for our livelihoods.  We can try to climb above it like monkeys up a scaffolding, like people up a ladder, constantly finding rungs that are sawn through, ladders that are kicked away, calling to each other in alarm, but if we are made to do that, we may inevitably leave behind others to suffocate and drown because of people and their Industry, Warfare, and Dogma, trampling and shitting all over the earth, both in the true world, and in the ideological one.  We discover things that make us sick to our souls, sick to death about ourselves, and we turn desperately towards bliss and people wearing our own coats, and away from hard questions about love and hate, only to find that hard questions about morality, about normality, follow us no matter WHERE we turn, and turn into battles and shrieks of innocents dying because WE FAILED THEM, because no one has adequately bridged the gaps in our reasoning, as smug as we are in them, and war is the result; starvation is the result; cultural insanity is the festering ooze that our leaders bank on, pretending to clean it up for us, but only drawing a curtain in front, as they party the night away at ten thousand dollars a plate, and so, perhaps that is what we do as well, because it looks like fun, and the whole house of cards one day falls flat, until hope is again a symbol.  That garbage that we create is still awaiting us like our landfills and war, and disaster-damaged nuclear reactors and bombs, like our animal rendering plants, like our smokestacks and spills; like our deep drilling and aquifer degrading black gold and dirty water wells feeding our dreams with energetic but evaporative and derogatory smiles, and filling corporations and politicians' pillows with cash.  Like our lofty pillars of finance swaying in towers so high they are above the clouds, and above those crawling in the streets looking for food.  Like fat spiders in their networks, they suck our web-stuck carcasses dry.  In our distress we continue to send out messages: radio, infrared, ultraviolet, sub-sonic--signals. There is no place to hide from the truth of waveform.  We can see you.

Our habit of ignoring what we don't like until it overwhelms us is one of the hallmarks of the human race.  Auto-destruction is inherent in what we do.  It is the main force behind our own ironic pacification of the landscape and then REINTRODUCING violence and warfare and filth into it.  We are given the reasoning to work through ANY problem, and often just don't use it.  We ASSUME somebody is paying attention, someone is in charge.  Then one day we find that those in charge are lost.  Ignorance, whether willful or forced, or just patent in our not paying enough attention, and gravitating towards bliss at the EXPENSE OF ALL ELSE, removes our ability to get out of our own way.  Some thrive in bullshit like pigs in slop.  There is fertile ground in illusions.  Weird dreams can be born there, selfish and strange.  Whole economies can grow up around false beliefs.  In fact, bullshit is big money.

Pretending the entire world is only a ranch with a gang of COWBOYS riding herd on resources and land (and a CIA or FSS agent behind every tree) is how we have been doing business for DECADES.  It is a quaint deevolution of society from the ideal of the ancient Greeks: true intelligence, education and democracy.  Like us, the Greek city-states were a new concept and hadn't figured out how to integrate rather than fighting each other into the ground before they were conquered outright by Rome, a bigger bully, who used strongarm tactics and the bow-wave of profits from domination of other cultures to feed their machine.  They subsumed democracy, tried it, but couldn't stick to it.  We have that same system now.  Many of our countries the world over have embraced democracy as the ideal of the common People, and not figured out how to stick to that ideal with a balance of civil liberties, with financial liberty and responsible capitalistic freedom in order to integrate with one another truly peacefully, rather than by force and extortion of public resources, health, and labour, to fund unmanagably weighty institutions, militaries, secret police, and corporate road-hogs, taking a larger and larger share until collapse and/or war is unavoidable.

WE are in danger of conflicts within and without that will bring us all to our knees, and some of us will topple once again, coming to our senses only as our feet no longer support the weight of our illusions, because they have been torn away from us, and remembering the ideals of truth and freedom for a short time AS WE FALL, only to crash to the ground again, with the loss of millions buried in the rubble, buried in bullshit, because ignorance is easier than understanding, and trying harder NOW takes us out of our blissful comfort zone, and we believe those who whisper that all we need do is hate and kill and our problems will go away (for a few decades, until we come right back to the same doorway of death).  We are too selfish and stupid to look ahead.  We are increasingly incabable of feeling pain until we have already lost body parts, and the more of us there are, the easier it COULD BE to hear the warnings or see the signs, but the harder it is to change direction.  Our democracies still contain more chances for understanding and individual freedom than any other artificially manipulated totalitarianism--period--but we are in danger of not understanding ourselves or the world, and failing as well.

"Who am I/To make a judgement of/Your life/I'm only/Passing by/Passing by"  www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFeiKq…    (ZERO 7 Passing By, 2004)

Is it all really so bleak?  You do the math.  Of course our consciousnesses WILL NOT allow us to remain continually doubtful, otherwise what would be the point of it all, something "nasty, brutish and short"?  No, our lives hold a certain delicacy and crashing strength as well.  We are not idiotically blind, and we are not all buried alive.  All we need, and what we DO have, is people with some experience of EVERY type of society, those travellers who don't just jet-set, but who take the time to UNDERSTAND different cultures and can see the positive similarities and possibilities for mutual benefit, who understand HUMANITY first, and greed somewhere down the line.  Mostly we have so many artificial barriers set up that our cultural attaches, the people whose JOB it is to be our spokespeople, are hopelessly mired in political realities and CAN'T be objective, have trouble remembering how grounded we are to NATURE, not only to nurture.  It is imperative to change our perspectives regularly, even if we have no intention of staying.  The world is not a cubicle, nor even a ranch.  People are not cattle for us to put our brand on.  EVERY human is their own reality, and we can only buy into greater and greater ones if we don't listen to those who tell us to stop, to stop thinking and just be a sheep, or a pig, or a cow, or a worker bee.

When the herd collapses, either from accumulated stupidity (walking off a cliff or into a wildfire--or a war), or by slaughter, there is only land again.  This is truth that doesn't lie, and nobody owns it.  When the wells dry up there is only water filtering and renewing itself again, deep out of our reach or high above us, and nobody owns it.  When the trees are gone, so is our breathing apparatus, our oxygen, and nobody owns them, nobody owns the air.  We teach each other to think, but nobody owns our thoughts.  Yet we MUST be the caretakers of all of those things, or we DON'T go on.  All tomorrow's parties are over.  We strive for intelligent reason and civilised society even as we close our eyes and ears and minds and reproduce our flaws and pass them on in greater and greater number because we think we own the rights to everything.

"And what costume shall the poor girl wear/To all tomorrow's parties/A hand-me-down dress from who knows where/To all tomorrow's parties/And where will she go, and what shall she do/When midnight comes around/She'll turn once more to Sunday's clown and cry behind the door" www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrRVaY…  (VELVET UNDERGROUND All Tomorrow's Parties, 1967) 

In the end life is what we make of it, and all of the guidelines are only that.  We are sovereign over our hearts and souls in conjunction with our spiritual and intellectual guides, and there are enlightened ones in EVERY society.  We almost all come to some great understanding sooner or later.

--J. Shidler, 2013

deviantID

vikingjon
Astral Traveller
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Born in Boston, Massachusetts. Moved to Delaware at 6 months. Graduated University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Still a bachelor.
Favourite music is Rock, Folk, Jazz. Favourite literature is Fantasy/Science fiction. Movie buff. Shaman, friend of elves. Urban/rural/aquatic/wild.
Interests

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

Comments


Add a Comment:
 
:icono-gosh:
O-Gosh Featured By Owner 16 hours ago
Thank you very much for the fave :rose:

Reply
:iconvikingjon:
vikingjon Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Professional General Artist
You are very welcome! :)
Reply
:iconhermetic-wings:
Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for your very kind and ongoing support :D
Reply
:iconvikingjon:
vikingjon Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Professional General Artist
Very welcome, Ayhan! :)
Reply
:iconseek-and-hide:
seek-and-hide Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello dear friend,

Thank you for your wonderful support. Best wishes!

Mayumi
Reply
:iconvikingjon:
vikingjon Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Professional General Artist
You are very welcome my friend! :)
Reply
:iconriomenor:
rioMenor Featured By Owner 22 hours ago
Thank you so much, Jon :thanks:
Reply
:iconvikingjon:
vikingjon Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Professional General Artist
Very welcome, friend! :)
Reply
:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner 1 day ago
:) thank you for the :+fav: on After Midnight... cheers! Cheers by Venice-Sweet
Reply
:iconvikingjon:
vikingjon Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Professional General Artist
You are most welcome! :)
Reply
:iconschwarzwieebenholz:
SchwarzWieEbenholZ Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Photographer
Thanks for the favs! :hug:
Reply
:iconvikingjon:
vikingjon Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
Very welcome! :D
Reply
:iconthatnerdyotaku:
ThatNerdyOtaku Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the favorite and llama! c:
Reply
:iconvikingjon:
vikingjon Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
Very welcome! :D
Reply
:iconjimmasterpieces:
Jimmasterpieces Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for the fave
Reply
:iconvikingjon:
vikingjon Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
You are welcome.  Such an interesting and inspiring lizard!  Thanks for sharing! :)
Reply
:iconjimmasterpieces:
Jimmasterpieces Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks again, and this lizard is awesome! thank you
Reply
:iconvikingjon:
vikingjon Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
:D
Reply
(1 Reply)
:iconpajunen:
Pajunen Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:s
Reply
:iconvikingjon:
vikingjon Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
Very welcome, Tomi. :)
Reply
Add a Comment: