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JusJoJan 14 – How Can I Kill Thee…?


The first thing that comes to mind is the Black Plague, though it was hardly the worst case of mass death in the world. Genghis Khan is reported here, to have killed as many as 40 million people. Thousands die in any given year from natural disasters as well. But technology is working to change all that.

Science has come up with ways to keep people alive in the face of disease, improved warfare and methods of gaining information have been designed to ensure Hilter never happens again, and warning systems are being developed to alert people to get out of the way of impending doom due to tornadoes, tsunamis and the like. So how do we keep the population of the world down now?

Through the very same technology that claims it is trying to help us. Pharmaceutical companies provide us with life-saving drugs which only kill us in other ways, and pesticides to make our “quality of life” better in that we can enjoy our food more. Cell phones – the best way yet to receive information – are apparently giving us brain tumors. So what’s left? War, of course. Government-run, huge conglomeration-funded wars. And who wins in all of this?

The rich bastards whose gain comes from our hides.

Now watch this. It’s beautiful.

Nature happens, with or without us – but are we making it better with technology? Or are we simply allowing a certain few to stand upon a pedestal and dictate to us who we should be and how we should live our lives?

But, you say, there’s only so much we can do, isn’t there? Even if we overthrow our governments, more of the same will replace them. If we refuse to buy the products sold by the huge corporations, how do we live?

To know ourselves, to care for ourselves and each other is a good way to start. From our immediate families and outward, to our communities and our countries. We have to realize that everyone and everything on the planet is equal. We are all connected – the Earth is its own organism, just as each of our bodies are. Imagine how it would be if we were all self-aware. Not self-centered, not self-involved, but so aware of ourselves and how we affect those around us that we could do so for the sake of good.

If you haven’t watched the video by this point, go back and do it. It’s eleven minutes and eighteen seconds’ worth of footage everyone should hear.


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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

26 thoughts on “JusJoJan 14 – How Can I Kill Thee…?

  1. Unfortunately if you get past a few seconds of any of his interviews, he’s a complete idiot who contradicts himself and plays off a whim. I do think it fascinating that so many who demand population control do all they can to put in place ways to protect life. And still fail. It’s only a matter of time until we get faced with a super bacteria.


    • I’m afraid you’re probably right about the super bacteria. And the people who demand population control. Russell Brand on the other hand, I guess I need to watch a few more interviews and wait for him to contradict himself – I haven’t seen him do it, but then I wasn’t really looking for it.


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  3. His video impressed me so much, that I “Wikipedia-ed” him. Pretty impressive message and one I struggle with daily as I watch my two university age daughters and the “times” they live in. I saw a photo of an actual tree HOUSE the other day and was tempted…….


  4. A lovely post…uplifting and contemplative Russell manages to get his message across in an entertaining way (and without didactism) 🙂


  5. I never get tired of listening to Russell Brand, but this one took me by surprise. I loved it. Happen to know what the piece of music was? It was beautiful – as was the entire video.


    • I have no idea what the music is… maybe you could ask the guy who put the compilation together. 🙂

      Yes, it was a bit of a surprise to me as well. Thanks for the comment, Katie. 😀


  6. Russell is an example of the adage you can’t judge a book by its cover. Nice


  7. I hadn’t realized he had so much to say, but I don’t always keep in touch with reality. 😉 I loved the video!


  8. Great job on the video. Love the message(s).


  9. You could probably guess that I loved the video. But you know, I’m a hippy-dippy-trippy girl. The people who could most benefit from watching it probably won’t, and may perhaps roll their eyes in solitude before turning it off.
    I’m pretty sure most of us have considered abandoning “the world” and taking up residence in a shack at some point or another. I’m certainly not going to do it, but instead, I recognize all the facets of technology and consumerism actually give me more time to pursue what I want to do. For example, without paper towels, I would do a metric fuck-ton of laundry. You know?


  10. Yes. Just yes and then yes again.


  11. Hi Linda, Just a note inquiring as to how you and the kids are doing? Well I hope. I want you to know that I think of you from time to time but I don’t pray for you all nearly as often as I should. Sending you wonderful blessings from above as I know He loves you dearly and serves as a reminder of your daily struggles. Love and courage to you! Brenda


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