Social Conscience

It is difficult to live in this world. There are days, events, books, articles, thoughts, and so forth that force us to rethink, overthink, cringe in guilt, dance in joy, cry in emotion and so forth. There are movies that do the same. I used to spend a lot of time reading and listening to the likes of Chomsky. There was a time when I read Kevin Kelly's Out of Control and stabbed my finger into the air in relief that I was not alone in my views of the world. There was a time when I wrote inspiring papers that I was proud to put my name to. There was a time when I indulged myself in the luxery of looking at the world from a perspective of thought and care. Unfortunately no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. After this there is no turning back. You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes ... remember all I'm offering is the truth, nothing more ... There was a time when I read Plato and the forms and truth and shadowy simulacrum. There was a time.

Life gets in the way and responsibility grinds too deeply and work bogs me down and love seeks me in and peace and happy are found in a grain of sand and I grow complacent and seek solace in film makers the ilk of Michael Moore and consume my movies, articles and books in smaller chunks as I seek comfort in consumeristic delights all the while knowing that it is what it is and I am growing up and becoming a responsible adult, working in the system, trying to make my own difference in my own way.

And then I go the movies and watch The Corporation, a deeply disturbing, amusing, head nodding, tear dropping, trip me up and send me spiraling back to my beliefs, illuminating, lift me up in optimistic care, slap me down in my indifference, and lead me to my car wondering at my choices. The Corporation is a documentary by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, and Joel Bakan about ... you guessed it, Corporations. By law, the Corporation is deemed to be a 'person' and they go about showing you that this 'person' has the characteristics of a psychopath. Featured are Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore and Milton Friedman.

This documentary brought me back to the red pill choice and made me look at my life in relation to the world around me. After much introspection, I realize that for the most part, I am quite happy with where I am and the choices I have made with my career, life, raising of Aiden and so forth. There are areas which I have re-evaluated and there are areas that need some work so that I may perhaps feel better about my contributions to the world that I live in. Check out the website ... there are some interesting links and interesting ideas. Expand your mind, its a good thing. If you haven't seen the movie, its really worth it for no other reason than to enjoy a really well done film. Its currently running in Canada and will be opening in June in the United States. If you are here in good ol' Edmonton, its playing at The Garneau and has been running for a few weeks now - I know that many of you have already seen it as I have read your reviews and recommendations to go see it. I'm glad that I finally did!