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“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Gil Scott Heron died yesterday, the poet and musician most known for his composition, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”

The context was different in 1970 when he made this recording; he was speaking to a social revolution, for civil rights, for waking up out of complacency. He wasn’t speaking of an internal revolution, or was he?

In an interview Gil Scott Heron said, “The revolution starts in your own mind.”

Here in 2011, the revolution will likewise not be televised and it will start in your mind.

Some of the lyrics seem just as relevant today; the issues are relevant too. We are asleep to racial, gender, and economic inequality; we are asleep to environmental degradation. We are hypnotized by the television into complacency.

As he said,

The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.
You will not have to worry about a germ on your Bedroom,
a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that cause bad breath.
The revolution WILL put you in the driver’s seat.
The revolution will not be televised.

“The revolution will put you in the driver’s seat” and “The revolution will be live,” meaning right here and now.

Want to be in the driver’s seat of your life? Practice mindfulness. Want to be a revolutionary? Pay attention to you own experience so much so that you can come to trust it more than the commercials you see on TV. The revolution will NOT be televised.

It starts right here and right now. It starts and ends with your next breath and begins again with the one after that. It continues all day, everyday, for the rest of your life.

Listen to the Revolution Will Not be Televised for yourself:

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Colleen

    Part of my personal “revolution” is leaving the television off for the 5 months of spring/summer, so it’s good to know I won’t be missing anything…guess I knew that anyway, which is why I adopted this practice years ago:>)

  • http://www.louellabryant.com Ellie

    I remember Gil Scot Heron’s music and his messages and took them into my heart in the 70s. Thanks for bringing him back to me with this revolutionary message. You always poke me awake when I most need to be awakened. Thanks, Dr. K.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Your Name

    The television has been replaced in many areas by the computer, and even by multi-tasking mobile phones. They should be put in their place, too. At least, the media part. Moderation in everything is the key. As for the television … well, that contraption is no longer all that difficult to shut off.

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  • http://goingbeyond(spiritual) rhona

    gil scott heron was introduced to me as and always will be to me a blessing in my informative years of innocence, impressionable and my young adult entrance that shaped my life to this day…..his words of expression in all of poetry has for me produced my remaining focus and put myself where i’m successful and continue to stay on that (along with the so-called hip hop rap making no sense, and too mention the disrespect that goes along with it) trying and emotional path that’s in all of our retreat kept his influence in our minds and know that he can not be copied in this day and time, without his words looked back on every now and then my understanding and focus becomes much clearer even if it was supposedly for that time in the seventies…..who ever would have guessed that his message was directed for today in plain and understandable definitiveness written in black and white…….keeping his message locked in me always, he will be missed along with the unspoken (his) versus now……now that the teacher is gone who now will teach the class?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Re. Rickey L. Simms

    You would have had to meet and know the man Called Brother Gil Scott Heron. I’m so glad that I had a chance to see, open a couple of acts and converse with the “Brother”. A man who didn’t always agree with the Black Panther methods, but agreed in the principles and efforts of all Black militants, trying to get equal recognition of black people, or people of color. You will have to understand his frustration, when he walked down the street of the many poverty stricten cities of this Country. Many like the late Petey Greene, Huey P. Newton, the assasinated brothers in Attica Prison, Angela Davis, tortured and hung prisoners in jails across the south, Civil Rights marchers make up what was Brother Gil Scott Heron. Even though his life was felled by the misery of the things he talked about in his poetry, he died a product of what this country is all about. Greed orruption, racial equality, profiling, persecution, make up the USA.

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