I have never considered myself to be a rebel.
I am not really a rule breaker, but neither am I a sleep-walker in this world. I am starting to find that the deeper one digs into the ‘truth’ behind the glossy images that we are fed, the harder it is to ignore the facts.
There comes a point when it is more uncomfortable to keep going along with things than to speak up and have the courage to do things differently.
The cognitive dissonance becomes too strong to ignore – and suddenly the temptation to break out of the routine is unbearable. This feeling of incongruence was illustrated clearly in the 2013 film ‘Obey’ which can be watched below. It was based on a book written by Chris Hedges, Death of The Liberal Class. Hedges is a journalist and winner of the Pulitzer prize.
The video, Obey, examines the growth of the Global Corporate State, and particularly the obedience of the everyday man within the system – despite obvious and constant inequality, environmentalism and globalisation.
It has been composed entirely of clips found online and was produced and narrated by StudioCanoe. Please be warned that it contains some material that could be disturbing to some viewers.
“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” ― Augustine of Hippo
Why are we so obedient? What makes us turn a blind eye?
The image that came to mind when watching the documentary was that of the metaphorical frog in the pot of water. Gradually becoming hotter, without the frog really noticing, until it boils to death. Could that be what is happening to us?
Our lives are often filled with actions of habit and routine. We are distracted, always busy and even simply lying to ourselves that things are not so bad. These things make it easy to be obedient. We are not choosing to ignore the stark realities before us, but simply keeping are head down and getting on with life.
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