Hungry people don’t stay hungry for long They get hope from fire and smoke as the wheat grows strong Hungry people don’t stay hungry for long They get hope from fire and smoke as they reach for the dawn That line by Rage Against the Machine in ‘New Millenium Homes’ has long been one of my rallying cries in life. It symbolizes so many things that I hold near and dear to my heart. Idealism, rebellion, grass-roots movements, passion, people coming together, causes and visions bigger than your self alone, resistance and strength and dignity and purpose. In the song it is the undercurrent but very real threat of people who are oppressed, marginalized, disenfranchised and stepped upon rising up, throwing off the shackles and demanding their due bread. Because they are hungry and hunger makes you act when you would rather not. In my mind the people, long oppressed, when they finally see the injustice of the broken system and the hunger and the anger gets strong enough, rise up victoriously, albeit messily and take the power back. They shake off that which has kept them hungry and burdened and they partake of the bread and slake their ravenous Continue reading Hungry People Don’t Stay Hungry For Long
I almost never have any big ideas in the shower. Apparently I am a weirdo because so many people talk about all the best ideas they have in the shower. Not me. I’m not sure if it is because I tend to take pretty quick showers since I have lived in the southern California desert for a long time so water feels crazy precious to me. Or, if it’s because I take showers in the morning and am not awake yet. Coffee is a helluva drug. But either way I can not remember more than one or two times ever having a flash of insight (or pretty much any other coherent thoughts) in the shower. And as far as I can tell from research and talking to people I know: That makes me a weirdo. OK maybe a lot of other things make me a weirdo. But the overwhelming majority of my life changing, flashes of brilliant OMG ideas have come from my dreams. Literally. I dream about the big idea in full technicolor, rousing soundtrack, glorious smells and all. Then I shoot awake shouting “OMG THAT”S IT!” My lovely wife has gotten pretty used to this by now so she Continue reading Big Idea Generation Machine – Shower or Sleep?