Wednesday, September 16, 2009

...the crust presented by the life of lies.../A Beautiful Lie

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While I was clearing out some paperwork the other day I came across a print out of an email with the quote below from The Power of the Powerless by writer, former dissident and politician Vaclav Havel. Its a great piece of writing that makes me think of how industrial society and our rapidly industrialising world have yet to confront the truth of climate change and act accordingly.

For the crust presented by the life of lies is made of strange stuff. As long as it seals off hermetically the entire society, it appears to be made of stone. But the moment someone breaks through in one place, when one person cries out, 'The emperor is naked!' - when a single person breaks the rules of the game, thus exposing it as a game - everything suddenly appears in another light and the whole crust seems then to be made of a tissue on the point of tearing and disintegrating uncontrollably.

My daughter had the song A Beautiful Lie by 30 Seconds to Mars playing at the time. They seem to go together so I've paired them here. See what you think.