I remember listening to Top 40 tunes on AM radio. Something akin to an active imagination was allowed then. Humming along, playing an ‘air guitar’, just naturally happened. There has been a change. In the modern age, passive drooling while watching MTV is the only requirement if you want to be hip. Captured in the trancelike state induced by television our right brain takes over and we tend to be uncritically receptive of any and all indoctrination. The full power of the music video, as propaganda art, has been realized. Going on for almost two generations now, the ideological effect of this particular ‘art for the masses’ has been immeasurable.
A more recent memory is the 1994 music video, Zombie, by The Cranberries…
In a mythical realm a woman looks upon children as they play. They play with gilded bows and arrows. Soon, their perfect divine innocence is gone. They scream in horror betrayed by an evil they will never comprehend. She laments the tragic absurdity of their fate. Atop a pyre, adorned with a cross, she stands as if ready to pay the ultimate price for their perpetual naïveté.., again and again. As above, so below
The gods demand blood sacrifice. Preferably, the blood of beauty and innocence. Youth are murdered only to be resurrected in the next generation to complete the eternal ritual.
Below, in the physical world of our reality, working class children play at war. Emulating their heroes, they fight and fall in make believe death while foreign occupying soldiers patrol their neighborhood. They prepare for their preordained role in the never ending cycle of human rebellion and reaction.
Cherry picking The Cranberries
Zombie is an interesting commentary on a time of heightened violence in Northern Ireland. The Troubles, a period starting roughly in the early 1960s, was an era of intensified fighting between Irish republicans, loyalists, and U.K. ‘peacekeeping’ troops. Lasting for nearly thirty years it produced no reunification. It did, however, manufacture more fallen heroes in the Irish struggle to reclaim the north six counties still under Brit control. Martyrs for dear old Eire. In many Catholic homes the pantheon of iconic portraits on fireplace mantels expanded. The Virgin Mary acquired more fellow saints to keep her company.
A big fan of the Cranberries, I am reluctant to demystify Zombie. Regardless, it portrays this struggle against British imperialism as fatalism. It asks us to rise above our own human condition. Employing Gnostic and pagan imagery, it suggests no realistic alternative to historically traditional forms of rebellion and social change. You are admonished its only “in your head they are fighting, zombie.” Class struggle, wars for self-determination and national independence are passé. Those that are not left cynical are now aimlessly searching for an alternative.
Only one example, Zombie well represents the mass media cynicism foisted onto an entire generation. The teenagers of that decade are now voting adults. After eight years of meaningless wars and growing perceptions of a deteriorating personal future, the ‘No We Can’t’ generation has been transformed. There is no longer any reason to sulk with video game controllers in their laps. “Yes We Can!” We now have a Big Brother that will awaken us from the living nightmare of forced individual responsibility. A collective sigh of relief – everything we need will be provided under forced collectivization.
However, for those good citizens a click, or two, higher in the food chain than your run-of-the-mill Obamadroid still manifesting symptoms of rebellious independent thought, questions concerning basic reality remain. For example, how can the Obama regime create utopia given its obvious cooperation with the power elite agenda of endless war and banker rape of taxpayers? Exploiting this contradiction and offering a resolution, self-styled utopians boldly expose many facets of the current oligarchical power structure to propagandize for their own version of such. One outfit, in particular, is The Zeitgeist Movement. Exposing the 9/11 false flag event and the phony banker fiat money system, they go on to demonize major religions and traditional values.
Zeitgeist Phony Rebellion
From Zeitgeist Movement website:
“Started in late 2008, The Zeitgeist Movement exists fundamentally as the communication and activist arm of an organization called The Venus Project. The basic pursuit of The Movement is to begin a transition into a new, sustainable social design called a “Resource-Based Economy”. This term was first coined by Jacque Fresco of the Venus Project and refers to an economic structure based exclusively on resource management and relevant education.”
“This solution is not based on politics, morality, laws, or any other “establishment” notions of human affairs, but rather on a modern, non-superstitious based understanding of what we are and how we align with nature, to which we are a part.”
“Transcending all of the artificial boundaries that separate people.”
“Evolving towards a cybernated society that can gradually outgrow the need for all political local, national, and supra-national governments as a means of social management.”
New gods are emerging. They seduce us with a kinder, gentler blood sacrifice. The matrix of the controlled dichotomy of rebellion and reaction remains, but it is much cleaner and more genteel. The self deification of brutal martyrdom is exchanged for the voluntary slow death of submission. Indeed, the New Age has democratized ascension to sainthood. Overtly less violent, we are invited to rise above political materialism and become docile citizens of The New World Order. The messy business of bloodletting for the cause of freedom, sovereignty, and nationhood, is being replaced with willing slavery for the global common good. The Virgin Mary, and the rest of her divine family, is moved aside for Gaia.
Zeitgeist elitists invite you to become a resurrected and reclothed zombie suitable for compliant service in The New World Order.
The Cranberries: Zombie