Who am I? What am I? Where am I? Where am I headed to? I really don't know. RNFI. Really No F**king Idea. A cynic, an idealist, a person with ideas, but NATO. Am I? I really don't know. RNFI. Really No F**king Idea.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

V for Vendetta

Just watched V for Vendetta... it's too heavy a show for a Sunday afternoon, especially since i woke damn early this morning to make it for the Run for Hope thing. one of the more thought provoking quotes:

Good evening, London. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine- the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, thereby those important events of the past usually associated with someone's death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, a celebration of a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Last night I sought to end that silence. Last night I destroyed the Old Bailey, to remind this country of what it has forgotten. More than four hundred years ago a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives. So if you've seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest you allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament, and together we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever be forgot.

The people should not be afraid of the government, the government should be afraid of the people.

in light of a number of things which have happened, V for Vendetta is timely. could 9/11 be the real world equivalent of the fictional virus attack at St Mary's, Three Waters, etc? how far would/should a government go to claim that it's the vox populi and the expression of the general will and thus how much would/should a government do to 'protect' its people? and if the government fails in its duty or oversteps its mandate, then it is the people's duty to do something about it.

2 Comments:

Blogger Rambling Alcoholic said...

Please dun tell me you wrote the speech from listening to it once on the show...

Please dun tell u me that you are that much of a genius. =P

Was a good show!

9:10 AM

 
Anonymous Emz said...

Our integrity sells for so little but it is all we really have. It is the very last inch of us.
But within that inch we are free.

11:02 AM

 

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