Brave New Peace DocuSeries: Episode Two: "What Is The Greatest Force On Earth?"
Created with love by The BNP Team
Written & Narrated by Brigitte Secard, Author
Filmed throughout Los Angeles in February/March 2014
!!! EXCITEDLY featuring the luminous music of Nasimiyu and War Dolphin !!!
www.nasimiyu.com and www.wardolphin.com
The new concepts introduced in this episode, are excerpted from the forthcoming *Modern Peace Dictionary* by Brigitte Secard:
- Agendaless Living
- The Age of Self-Advertising
- The Extreme Makeover Of Peace
Agendaless Living Instead of trying to figure out what the personal angle of everyone around you might be and what they may secretly really want from you, the stunning alternative is to live with no hidden agendas. To treat no person or situation as a means to an end. And most importantly, to know that (real) peace is free. Anyone who truly loves you will want you to think for yourself, and be free. Nothing to sign up for, join, or buy.
Lifetivist Why pick just one issue to rally around, when the whole of humanity needs addressing? Activism is quite often angry, myopic, and let’s be honest… frequently a warped extension of self-interest. (Notice it usually has something to do with one’s own community.) Being a Lifetivist is not only radically effective at addressing the core issues (that when unaddressed, multiply and make issue-babies and turn into the world as we know it), but it is also way more fun. Passionate. Gratifying. = Because being a Lifetivist makes the greatest impact, overall. Then, with such big picture savvy, you will be even MORE effective at also targeting whatever singular crucial issue that most calls to you.
The Age of Self-Advertising In modern communication, this is the pervasiveness of self-promoting, name dropping, spin, and the incessant selling of oneself. It is the careful and intricate construction of Image As Self. Whether in describing one’s own work, writing a dating profile, capturing the most flattering pose for a selfie, wearing make-up to look like you are not wearing make-up, selectively interjecting recent international travels into the conversation, or taking pictures with (insert guru de jour here) and prominently displaying them… it is all a concerted effort to produce the inference of being the most evolved, together, in-demand, successful, fabulous, spiritual (um, ?!) person in the room. AKA trying quite hard to look like you are not trying hard at all.
It is to be living in an era where the two words Personal Brand are (almost) laughably known to be engorged with false significance. In the 21st century, our greatest drug of all… is image.
Kardashianitis A layer cake of social distortion and artifice. They are the 2nd generation of OJ and Nicole Simpson (literally, the progeny of Robert Kardashian, race riots, and a mother whose life ended due to plastic surgery), in exploiting the combustive combination of sublimated racism + empty images of sexual provocation, with a culture hungry for false idols. The greatest actual “success” of Kim Kardashian has been the normalizing of what was once a Faustian bargain: the self-pimping of your own soul. Kardashianitis is essentially the value system of worshipping at the altar of fame, money, vapidity, and constructed image for the teeny tiny price of your own humanity and any iota of self-respect. Living in an intentional fishbowl as a desperate bid to stay in front of the public eye via increasingly salacious and hollow measures, is a snake eating its own tail. To quote Oscar Wilde: A whore is one who knows the price of everything and the value of none.
Although Kanye West began his career as an intelligent musical artist calling out the ills of society, somehow he became the very problem he sought to address by morphing into a caricature of fame. Kardashianitis is a cautionary tale to society to break the cycle of Ancient Rome 2.0.
The Extreme Makeover Of Peace The difference between fighting the power and finding the power; the contrast between a clenched fist and an open hand. Transforming the concept of peace from left-wing, ‘hate the man,’ angry, granola eating, anti-establishment, hippie, judgmental, activists. Yep, even the Dalai Lama doesn’t get what it means. If he did, he would never let people bow down before him (!) We are in dire need of a new model of peace that is neither pacifist, ascetic, radical or extreme, but rather--> fierce + calm + wise + natural + modern + global+ pop-culture accessible!!? The truth is just as jazz musician Horace Silver wrote in the song: peace is for everyone.
Welcome to Brave New Peace.
It. Can. Be. Different.
This episode is dedicated to Martin William Richard, the beautiful 8 year old boy whose life was taken in the Boston Marathon Bombings on April 15, 2013.
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Brave New Peace DocuSeries: Episode One
Created with love by The BNP Team
Written & Narrated by Brigitte Secard
All footage & images were filmed over the 2013 Christmas holiday on Rodeo Drive/Beverly Hills, Melrose, and Sunset Boulevard; + New Years Eve on Hollywood Boulevard. And in The Arts District on New Years Day!!
This first episode is dedicated to Philip Seymour Hoffman and Dylan Farrow.