The System

Check out this video:

Now, stop laughing for a bit. I’m a great believer in freedom of expression. As such, I believe they’re free to do whatever they want. What I’m not a believer of, is stupidity.

If I’ve grasped this situation correctly, there are people in this world who enjoy all the trappings of modern civilization like facebook, youtube, the ability to make terrible looking videos(240p? They still make those?) and being allowed to stand around in the park all day singing toneless songs, who actually want to “break free of the system”.

“I am personally starting to dance at 12am on the 28th of October and will continue until the world is free. dance dance dance.” – YT Comment

What is wrong with you?

All of this is possible because of “The system” you want to get rid of! If other people weren’t out there doing their best to cheat someone else out of their money, you wouldn’t be able to go to the park for you little hippy séance because the park would be a tar pit thanks to there being no municipal council/evil system cleaning it. Our lifestyles are possible because of this “system”. It’s not the system’s fault there are Enrons and economic crises, it’s stupid people.

Look, telling people not to spend any money for a day is impossible. Even if all the social media buzz you’re creating is powered by unicorns and rainbows, by simply existing, you’re spending money. Taxes, water, electricity, things you eat and even the very clothes you’re wearing contribute to keeping the world going.

You’d better get used to running around the jungle in animal hides and inter-species breeding if you want to get rid of this materialistic world we live in. That screen you’re reading this on? System. The food inside you? System. Heck, those crappy videos of your friends making like a leper colony in the park? Possible thanks to the system. I don’t see why people can’t play/sing/dance/create unless they metaphorically unplug themselves from the matrix. It’s not like it’s any easier being fun when you step out of civilization. Do you know what medieval children used to play with? Dirt. Now, the wonders of the world will let you play with dirt and whatever else technology makes accessible. Like giant fighting robots.

I just don’t get how people can use Windows Movie Maker(you can’t mistake those text animations) to make a video about not using Windows Movie Maker.

Locally, there’s Occupy Colombo. I don’t know what they’re trying to do either. Protesting injustice in government by not doing anything. I think they got lost somewhere between the philosophies behind Gandhi’s satyagraha’s and sleeping through the alarm in the morning and missing work.

It’s just… So much wasted energy. Why not do something useful? Protest by showing people how it’s done, not by depriving someone of their daily sales target and getting him fired, forcing his wife and children onto the streets thanks to your self-righteous faux-protest. Why do you not realize the simple fact that your life is made possible by “the system”. It’s not evil, it just works. For some people. It’s a system that depends on people like you to go out there and help those who don’t make it. Do you have a better one?


8 Responses to “The System”

  1. 1 Zil Lempel
    October 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    You could Occupy Colombo, but there’s a chance Gota might occupy Uranus.

  2. 2 Tulie
    October 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    My, somebody’s all grown up now. Sounding all mature now Ah? You were all teeny bopperish not so long ago 😛

    Just kidding, Good Post 😀

  3. October 30, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Why do I get the feeling most of your angst is generated from the video and not the actual protests? Lol well said, plus Indi had an interesting post on the subject too..

  4. October 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Hahaha. Epic post. 😀 Shame I missed the tweets… saw some epic ones. 😀

  5. October 30, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Looks like their FB page got hacked? 😀

  6. November 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    ‘jeewithe mal amma inna kal’ ( life is a bed of roses as long as your mother is there ). That’s sri lankan middle class for you. Apart from the ‘kick’ you get by protesting, nothing happens. Also the CEB would thank you if you don’t use electricity for a day. But being sick for one day will not go down well with your boss. Try everything at your own risk. Day after tell someone ” we occupied colombo yesterday “. The answer would come ” you occupied what?! ”
    Down here people are interested in jonny english much more than RAW , CIA etc. If something happens to Shah-Rukh Khan and if the ‘thing’ is telecast live at independence square then colombo will truly be occupied!

  7. 8 Whacko
    November 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    The whole call in sick to work, don’t use electricity, walk everywhere sounds very much like ‘take a hike into knuckles’. Which i am all for.

    I think you can’t blame people for showing displeasure at the way things are run. Its obvious there is a lot of unhappiness and its justified. The ‘system’ needs fixing. The ‘system’ is not ‘civilization’ though. Anyway it can be argued that exploiting the system to bring it down (using Win Movie Maker for e.g) is fair enough 😛

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