Music From The Ron Paul rEVOLutionSubmitted by Chris Clodhopski on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 10:37
"If you ever can bring about revolutionary changes two things would be required: young people... and music."
"Socks first, then shoes."
Every day the sun comes up in the east, moves across the sky, and sets in the west with an unspoken promise to return the next day, and that's fine, I suppose. Scheduling your sleeping period for when it happens to be dark out is a perfectly logical decision that is constantly reinforced. Throughout the course of a year our predictable sun and the weather patterns it energizes inform us to plant in the spring and reap in the fall. And the unavoidable cold of winter allows the fashion industry to start production of coats and mittens in June with very few risks (outside the risks inherent in attempting to reintroduce the polkadot.)
In fact, most people would be hard-pressed to come up with an example of how predictability might negatively impact their life. Timing the change of a traffic light and knowing who to avoid at work on Monday morning are just two of thousands of examples one might give to defend predictability and the many ways it serves us. Being labeled as unpredictable can be a social stigma or a cause for being fired from a job. But isn't being unpredictable something that only a free person can do? Why is freedom a virtue but unpredictability a vice?
Politics is not a natural system like the changing of the seasons, but it pretends to be. The two-year local and four-year national political 'seasons' have a comforting ebb and flow to them, which makes it very easy to ridicule anyone who gets too excited about politics in the off-season. Like a migratory bird a politician knows when it is time to run and when it is time to hide, and anyone who doesn't conform to this pattern of behavior will be perceived as a threat to the system, and rightly so.
I say it is time to embrace unpredictability. Hypnotic trances are brought about by repetitive words and movements, and it is easy enough to see that almost everyone is in a trance because it is easier to sleep than to wake up. Or at least it seems that way up until it isn't anymore.
My personal contribution to our nations well-being is the unpredictability I can present in whatever situation I find myself. Ice cream tastes better to me when it is cold outside, sleeping all day and waking up at night makes sense if you like it when it's quiet, and being politically active during odd-numbered years serves as a reminder to the politicians that just because the race is run doesn't mean they can kick back and put their feet up.
This notion of unpredictability as a political tool is a large part of the reason why I like Ron's quote about revolutions so much. Revolutions are generally led by young people who haven't yet been beaten into submission to the patterns and forms that others would have them live by. And music is at its best when it surprises us. A powerful song can be the catalyst that sets ideas into motion - dangerous, revolutionary ideas. Unpredictable ideas the system would much rather avoid.
If not for chaos form would be meaningless. Musical structure is called a theory because within just a few forms all things are still possible. Youth tends to desire freedom and will only conform as is necessary for survival and social approval. No greater threat to the system exists, than the freedom-seeking tendancy of youth and the infinite possibilities by music.
Wear a scarf in summertime. Cheer for your team in the off-season. Pay attention to politics even after the TV tells you the show is over, your guy won, we'll take it from here, thank you. They're not just predicting that most people will go back to sleep after an election, they're planning on it.
Don't ever let them not hear you singing your youthful song. It might keep them up at night, and that's a good thing.