It’s a football night tonight and everyone’s out on the streets.
Barça, the local team here in Barcelona, has won the current championship, and everyone’s going nuts about it.
Looking on at all the ruckus from the relative comfort of a night bus, me and my girlfriend observed: “If everyone chose to spend this energy on rising up and demanding their rights, they’d really achieve something.”
It seems so clear to me that football is a tool for manipulating the masses.
In childhood, we’re taught not to be boistrous, not to have fun, make noise, dance or express ourselves. Our teachers need it to be this way so that they have a controllable class that doesn’t make life hell for them. In turn, their jobs put them in this situation because The Powers That Be (TM) want children to be taught to be controllable.
In the end we have people who have associated limitless joy and self expression with shame and just don’t “let it all go” in normal situations. They keep their energy contained.
This energy needs an outlet, and The Powers That Be (TM) sure as hell don’t want that outlet to be any sort of uprising, demanding their rights, etc. So they make boistrous, loud expression acceptable in a controlled, harmless context. Football.
Football is largely a tool of manipulation. Nothing more than a blanket covered over your eyes. So are many other forms of “entertainment” and occupation. They are ways of containing your energy in a safe way.
Take your energy back and channel it into something that isn’t so safe. Channel it into being free.
Why don’t you quit your job and search for a way of earning money without a boss, with the same fervour as a football fan?
Why don’t you use the time you gain by creating your own prosperity, and meditate and contemplate and free your mind, with the same fervour as a football fan?
Why don’t you improve yourself by reading and exploring and growing, with the same fervour as a football fan?
And once you’ve done all this, why don’t you create something different? Something new? Why don’t you make a revolution? Why don’t you help people see the chains that are around them, or create new alternatives for them? Why don’t you clear the way for others like you?
Improve the world. Get moving. Don’t waste your fucking time. We’ve got a world to save here.
Love to you,