IMAGINE - 100-years ago watching the first fragile bi-plane fly precariously from a makeshift runway - and someone shows you a photo of an A380... how would you have responded?





On account of the recent release of 'ON THE ROAD' - the film version of Kerouac's famous book - take a look at this little reflection of mine from a year ago on: THE BEATS. The Beats were innovators for a new 'jazzed-up' kind of literature, as I describe, to as near as possible resemble the music... inspired by prankster Neal Cassady, rendered into prose by Jack Kerouac (as he read on TV in his musical voice) and into Beat poetry by Allen Ginsberg - most notably in his seminal masterpiece 'HOWL' (outstanding film version released last year). The book 'On The Road' represents the essence of this 'ordered' spontaneity, this escape from tradition, this journey into wild adventure... which in less restive form I myself attempted to emulate here.

Tube shot by Rod:

Imagine the contrast: tube-station to desert. You're underground, waiting for a train to megatropolis nowhere... when, for no reason you know of, you suddenly turn 180º and facing you is the vast Arizona desert - so realistic you feel that you could just step over that edge into the space of it, into the dry sun-baked heat, and wander among cactuses and scrub, through the settling dust of Kerouac's car, to follow his trail into the parched open desert towards distant blue mountains of the soul...



The kind of 'event' or awakening that can provide a springboard for such inspired 'escape' I explain in paragraph-4 of a little item from last March - entitled: 'BIG OPTIONS' - ie:

Some of us, however, catch an early glimpse of what we believe is the TRUTH: some little event or chance perception that exposes a chink in the canvas. At first we wonder: "...did I see what I thought I saw, or was it a figment?" But once alerted, we go prepared, eyes skinned - for a while, at least. Inevitably, now, other chinks appear; they're hard to miss in a world spread with ambiguities, conflicting requirements, competing egos... And soon, some of these flaws will more resemble a gash. At first alarmed, we point these out to people around us, our peers, at least. They're at a total loss. What the hell are we talking about? Their perception, their focus, fails to see anything. It makes no difference how obvious or how large a gash looks to you, most people will be blind to it. It's outside their range of perception, doesn't relate to their experience. As the years pass the gashes widen and increase, so that while your peers regard themselves to be living in a finely decorated, optimally designed and well maintained 'arena', for you it's a squalid, dilapidated labyrinth that survival-wise resembles a jungle.

Lucky for you if you perceive this either when still young, or never at all. Otherwise, the shock of disillusionment can disarm, destabilise, even derange. Though for the open-minded it will be revelatory, illuminating - since to awaken to greater truths, to recognise you've been living a lie and are suddenly seeing beyond what was merely a clever façade can be a truly liberating experience: opening immense new vistas of unimagined range and clarity.




Most 'problems' cited in 'News & Current Affairs' progs on TV and radio these days have a simple and obvious solution. Rarely though, are such solutions even touched-on by commentators or interviewees, etc. All these 'experts' do is skirt around peripherals, which at-best are marginally effective. Never do they strike at the core of an issue. This keeps the problem alive, unsolved and (as intended) preoccupies the media, hence the public too. But are all those commentators really as monumentally blind or stupid as they seem happy to appear? You don't need to be a cynic to detect insidious motives behind their restraint:

1) The problem of governments ripping us off, for instance, when bailing-out banks could be instantly and permanently solved if all banks were nationalised... like utilities and other essential services, banks above all should never be privately owned, not even in the most capitalist-oriented system. SEE 'MONEY'

2) Similarly, the child sex-abuse issue - with priests, Savile and many more throughout the country/world involved in these kinds of abuses... all but the most violent (ie, rape) could be easily prevented - as I spelled out HERE some while ago.

3) Climate change: airlines, green energy likewise... forget swift serious progress in this area, elite vested interests are too powerful and the media too compliant - less now than when Murdoch reigned high, but still heavily dominated by those elite/establishment interests. Traditionally, newsapaper moguls enjoyed close liaison with intelligence services (MI5/6). One can only assume this aberration persists, hence tailored/distorted 'news' continues on issues of consequence : (ie, relating to hurricane 'Sandy' - 29.10.12). Figures like $30bn for subsequent losses will not be charged to oil-companies or airlines or whatever else is actually responsible for changes in the atmosphere, causing the devastation. The losses will be borne by individuals and insurance companies which will just increase their premiums.


So, alas, nothing will improve in these areas, nor many others, at least not for a long time - because no-one with power or authority dare take a single step towards correcting the REAL causes:




1) stubbornly unregulated free-rein for those who serve the interests (or are under the thumb) of the elite.

2) perennially crushing children's autonomy so as to brainwash them into lifelong conformity - again to serve the interests of the elite (about the only function which all governments in my lifetime have performed with unflinching proficiency and stealth).

3) As 1).