“What civilization is, is six billion people trying to make themselves happy by standing on each other’s shoulders and kicking each others’ teeth in. It’s not a pleasant situation. And yet, you can stand back and look at this planet and see that we have the money, the power, the medical understanding, the scientific know how, the love and the community to produce a kind of human paradise.
But we are lead by the least among us. The least intelligent, the least noble, the least visionary, the least among us. And we do not fight back against the dehumanizing values that are handed down as control icons. This is something… it’s a lecture in itself… but, culture is not your friend. Culture is for other people’s convenience and the convenience of various institutions, churches, companies, tax collection schemes, what have you. It is not your friend. It insults you, it disempowers you, it uses and abuses you. None of us are well treated by culture.
Yet we glorify the collective potential of the individual, the rights of the individual… but the culture is a perversion. It fetishises objects, it creates consumer mania, it preaches endless forms of false happiness and false understanding in the form of swirly religions and silly cults. It invites people to diminish themselves and dehumanise themselves, by behaving like machines. Meme processors, of memes passed down by Madison Avenue and Hollywood and what have you.
How do we fight back? I think that, by creating art… ART. Man was not put on this planet to toil in the mud. Or the God who put us on the planet to toil in the mud is no God I want to have any part of, it’s some kind of Gnostic demon, some kind of cannabalistic demiurge that should be thoroughly renounced and rejected. By putting the art peddle to the metal, we really maximise our humanness and become much more necessary and incomprehensible to the machines.”