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Contributed by Harrell Graham on November 14th, 2010

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

by Harrell Graham

The sheer magnitude of the isolation of suburbia and the nuclear family—rows upon rows of cookie-cutter homes housing families uprooted from the extended families and close knit communities of not so long ago. Not so long ago you could walk outside your home and see your family and friends and a bustling activity of people outside talking and interacting in what was once real communities. Now all the suburban landscape offered was row upon row of houses holding people who didn’t even know the names of their neighbors. People whose sole occupation after coming home from school or work was staring, mesmerized, at a glowing screen.

How very strange, to be living amidst people without knowing them. For millions of years we lived among family and friends, in communities where we shared existence, shared food, helped each other, laughed, cried and died with each other. Go to Thailand, for example, and see how happy a place can be when people are not stoned on computers, TV’s, Prozac, caffeine and where so much of life and interaction—community—takes place outside.

But now we were sold the personal automobile which enabled us to transport ourselves home from far-away, meaningless jobs, driving home inside vehicles which accentuated our aloneness, and, with garage door openers allowed us to drive those vehicular boxes right inside our housing boxes, all without having to acknowledge or interact with--or often even see--our neighbors.

This was a prescription for madness, depression, loneliness, spiritual emptiness and exhaustion. (See the excellent book, “The Geography of Nowhere” about how the automobile killed mass transit and created suburbia which killed true communities.) But it also was a potential gold mine for the drug companies. All those depressed and spiritually hungry people are going to need a message in a bottle, a mothers little helper, a pick me up, a-bring-me-down, a smoother of bumps, a tonic, an elixir, a mood ‘elevator’ (what goes up must come down).

The revolution will not be televised, because there will be no revolution. Everyone is too happy and placid to question or to fight or to take a stand on an important issue.

Take your pill, sit back, relax, and enjoy your drug-induced passivity. Chill out, man.

The revolution will not be televised.

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this is so rad

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Okay this is sad .. something serious is happening and were not going to do anything about it ... because were to drugged up ? im confused..

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