Russell Brand has been making a new name for himself lately, advocating a personal style of enlightenment and social responsibility, which, he claims, can revolutionize the world.
In a nutshell, at every opportunity he gets, he speaks in favor of a life more examined and mindful of itself. He rejects the ills of exploitation, urging people to let go of their obsessions and embrace a more meaningful existence.
It all sounds fine and dandy. But is it applicable?
Not very. Unless you’re a meditation/yoga/self-improvement expert, or a very serious fan of this style of living, it’s all too abstract and hazy, with too much theory involved and too few ways to apply it.
It saddens me to say, but it’s easier to follow Tony Robbins’s brand of enlightenment, robotic as it is, than Brand’s. It’s more applicable and hands-on.
Brand is performing a very important role. He is pinpointing the problems.
Having said that, Brand is performing a very important role. He is pinpointing the problems. He may not have the answer to the ills plaguing life as we know it, but he is tracing out all the trouble spots, highlighting them with a fluorescent marker, saying, This, mate, is what needs to go. Right here, right now. I don’t care how you do it, just get rid of it, like you would a pool of piss from your living room.
See, there’s two kinds of processes involved in improving one’s life. One is finding ways to make things work better. The other is cleaning up the sources of filth and infection.
Brand is cleaning up.
An unenviable job it is, but somebody’s got to do it. Who better than a recovering alcoholic and junkie, who has looked down the barrel of a gun and laid at the bottom of the barrel, scraping dregs for a living? Who better than one who has climbed out of it, all too aware how one ends up inside it, to tell us where the stench is and how to best avoid it?
For an article on Brand’s problem with reality, his amazing insight on what the problem is and how he deals with it, click here.