Homespun or Hollywood programs?

“Hollywood is not suited for me, and I am not suited for it”

Dr. Seuss


If this blog were to have a popular music theme song it might be this, this or perhaps this.

I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. If you don’t take charge and program your mind your mind will be programmed. It is an inevitable consequence of the mass media bombardment of our senses.

In years past it was virtually impossible to give maintsteam media, music and movie culture a miss. But, now we don’t need to watch the news. I mean it’s even called a TV program and a fear based one at that!

Music is the same. Popular music is increasingly a negative program. Normalising over sexualised, aggressive, violent and greed behaviours. If you know anything about music you’ll know about the 440 hz v 432 hz debate. For those that don’t for some reason in very recent history all corporate music shifted from 432 hz to 440 hz. The cited reasons for this is very thin. So thin in fact that it is hard to believe at face value.

Strap on your tinfoil hat for a second. We know that different sound frequencies affect behaviour and that exposure to very high frequencies is unpleasant to the point that it can trigger mania. Now there isn’t anything to say that 440 hz has any sort of delerious affect on humans, but lets say it was discovered that prolonged exposure to 440 hz sound threw people a little off balance. Let’s say it made people a bit fearful and a little stressed, but at a level almost too subtle to be perceived by the individual. Now do you think the people that own the music industry are the kind of people that would want to make that kind of a change? Would a 440 hz program (assuming it was throwing you off) work to their interests or against it?

Okay you can take the tinfoil hat off now. What I am really saying here is that that way mass media signals influence us is hard to fully comprehend. What is more we definitely should not assume that the owners of these international cartels have our best interests at heart.

But there is some great news. Thanks to a new medium – the internet, we can bypass these influences entirely. There are fantastic content creators across the globe making positive content like this guy that translates music back to a 432 hz base. Listen and see if you notice a difference in terms of calmness, tranquility, happiness or harmony.

There are other content creators with inspiring positive messages springing up all over the internet. The great part of this story is that you now have the means to fill your head with the types of things that you choose and you don’t have to listen, see or ever be exposed to the Rupert Murdoch agenda.

We can design our own programs.

And, if truth be told if this blog were to have a theme song it would most likely be a barely recognizable piece of music played on a guitar or a ukulele by a very unskilled right local artist. We’ve come to think of music as something that is a mass produced, professionally developed and passively consumed, but much of the fun in music is to be had in gathering a group of untalented amateurs and producing a little fun for an intimate audience. There are few experiences better than a small fire, some good ale (compost for the soul) and home spun music.

Finding better stories than the ones we’re being told

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world”


Instead of letting myself be programmed by the mass media I like to search out and pay attention to more promising narratives. Stories like Cormac McCarthy. Here’s a guy considered America’s greatest living writer and his story is inspirational for the singularity of purpose with which he lived. Cormac didn’t do interviews. He didn’t take jobs to make money. He didn’t sell out when times were tough. He just wrote because he wanted to be an author and that is what writers do. There are stories about him being so poor that he was evicted from a $40 a month motel. Other stories tell of times where he had absolutely no money. Not just broke. Not a single dollar to his name. In these times he had nothing to eat, but he continued to write. He survived and he wrote and now he is acclaimed, but he doesn’t care. He still just writes, avoids book promotions and hasn’t seen many of the movies made from his books. There is a lot to be learned from a man like this.

In a similar perhaps more anarchistic vain is the story of Aaron Swartz. A child genius that coded an online start-up. He eventually sold the rights to a French corporation for millions, but as president he was required to turn up to work in a bland corporate office everyday. “Grey wall, grey people, grey noise” he wrote of the experience before getting himself fired spectacularly. He lived modestly, spent little, and cared not for money like his idol Tim Berners-Lee who gave us the free internet instead of cashing in for mega bucks. Aaron then turned his programming skills towards social problems like ensuring the public domain becomes publicly accessible. Something you would expect wouldn’t be required in the land of the free, but the truth is a different story. His pursuit of freedom and fairness ultimately led him to a 30-50 year prison term which he avoided by getting suicided in mysterious circumstances. A pattern all too common for those that oppose the system. Maybe it was a suicide given his circumstances, but I fear there are those who seek to contain and control the internet. These Swiss Zionist bank boys would be seriously scared of a kid with a world view like Aaron and coding skills to make some real change or at least be one hell of a nuisance.

Then there is a guy like Tom Shadyac a highly successful movie director that makes all the money in the world only to have a clarifying realization that he’s become everything that is wrong in the world. In his film “I am”. He asks what is wrong with the world and what can we do about it? For the next phase of his journey he rejects the trappings of success and embraces simple living, community, love and compassion of his fellow man. In doing so he encourages us all to shrug off our apathy and live harmoniously no matter how optimistic or idealistic that may seem. Until we change ourselves we cannot expect others to live any differently than they do today.

Be kind and rewind

“Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage”

Billy Corrigan

Rewind. It’s like 2004.

We’re both young professionals. Degree qualified. Five or so years into a career. Both with vision, aptitude and energy to become top 10% in our respective fields. We work, we study, we take extra assignments. We work weekends. We never sleep.

We’re closing in on a combined quarter million dollars in salary.

We hate our lives, but we put these thoughts of dissatisfaction from our minds. We are the privileged few.

We are success personified. Our mothers are proud.

We buy a house. The GFC (Global Financial Crisis) hits.

We have a kid. Then another.

We wake from our slumber in the matrix.

Neither of us can stand work. We both want to resign, or kill ourselves or kill ourselves to resign.

What is this life that could break two capable people so totally in one decade?

Not totally. We still have a fearless determination and a spirit of adventure.

In an act of madness we both quit to an uncertain future.

The Universe it seems is ready to offer us a synchronicity.We are forced to discover simple living and we realize we don’t need much more money to carry us through the rest of our life.

We play with our kids. Play as our work and run our bank account to ground zero, but once again fate smiles on us in a series of miraculous windfalls until we find our feet on the other side of corporate containment.

We can never be caged again. We become sufficient and independent. We outgrow hopelessness. We regret our  time as, helpless prisoners of a heartless machine.

Now we are free.

Join us.

Live simply.