Neverland 2.0: Nuclear Powered Immaturity
August 2, 2011, 12:19 pm
August 3, 2011, 10:39 pm
Imagine if Peter Pan was alive today, what would he be doing? He might be selling Nuclear Power plants near fault lines. Watch the "Adventures of Peter Pan in the 21st Century" by clicking the link below.
Peter Pan is the pinup boy for people who never want to grow up. The original story was written by J.M. Barrie in 1904 when childhood was fleeting if it happened at all. Children as young as 9 years old worked as chimney sweeps or in the factories of the Industrial Revolution. J.M. Barrie's book was not supposed to be a blueprint for social development. Peter Pan is not a hero he is just a boy who is terrified of growing up.
Now, thanks in part to Peter Pan, childhood is available as a permanent lifestyle choice but there is a cost for having children parent children and for putting perpetual boys in charge of companies and countries. ‘Leaving Neverland’ (Why Little Boys Shouldn't Run Big Corporations) weighs up the costs, delightfully skewers and offers Rites of Passage as a timely solution. In the interests of balanced reporting Peter Pan writes a few chapters which are funny and would be hilarious if they were not so close to the truth.
“Behind every preventable threat to the future of the human race stands a boy in a man's body with both of his hands in the cookie jar set aside for future generations.”
Whether that threat is building Nuclear power plants near fault lines, oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico, GM food, the Global Financial crisis or climate change the behaviour behind each disaster is one of childish greed and selfishness coupled with short term thinking and a total lack of responsibility or compassion for the resulting social and environmental devastation.
There are a few movies that are starting to highlight this phenomenon e.g. 'Inside Job,' 'Company Men,' 'Avatar' 'Capitalism a Love Story' 'Enron the Smartest guys in the Room' and 'Confessions of an Economic Hit Man' (a book but some great author interviews on YouTube).
June 24, 2011, 3:00 pm
August 2, 2011, 11:38 am
Dinosaurs should be in the Coal not running the Coal (industry and some politicians)
What part of "All peer reviewed scientific papers agree that human induced climate change is real and we need to do something about it" do some people and a few of the thickest politicians not get? "
"Special interests have blocked transition to our renewable energy future. Instead of moving heavily into renewable energies, fossil companies choose to spread doubt about global warming, as tobacco companies discredited the smoking-cancer link. CEO's of fossil energy companies know what they are doing and are aware of long-term consequences of continued business as usual. In my opinion, these CEO&rsquos should be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature. Conviction of ExxonMobil and Peabody Coal CEOs will be no consolation, [it will help a bit] if we pass a runaway climate to our children." Dr James Hanse, to Congress Global Warming 20 years later: Tipping Points Near.
"Some people will remember when computers were first becoming popular. There was a lot of fear, Computers will take away all of our jobs and this was way before Terminator (has anyone checked how many Sarah Connors are left alive in California?) or iRobot or anyway you get my drift. Computers have created more jobs than they took.
Cutting ourselves free from fossil fuels by taxing carbon will generate new jobs in renewable energies, in land regeneration, forest management and will provide time for changeover. We need to be smart about it and learn the lessons from the GFC and we need to move swiftly. Smarter, smaller, bio diverse agriculture can breathe new life into rural communities which have become tumbleweed collectors for a long time." From Chapter 22 of Leaving Neverland.
Not Rite of Passage
December 9, 2010, 2:56 pm
June 24, 2011, 9:22 pm
Schoolies is not a Rite of Passage
Schoolies can be a very well deserved celebration at its best, and at its worst it can be a week long, peer driven rampage. Sometimes schoolies is referred to as a Rite of Passage, it is not a Rite of Passage and it will never be a Rite of Passage because children cannot initiate children into adulthood, they can only initiate themselves deeper into childishness.
In the absence of any culturally significant markers for growing up, Schoolies has become an attempt by many young people at self initiation. Cutting, gangs, unsafe sex, fighting, drug taking, binge drinking, driving too fast, piercing, and more piercing are all forms of self initiation.
Unfortunately, acts of self initiation often wound rather than grow a person. They are not designed to add the amazing fire of youth to the hearth of community. The intent of self initiation is often to piss on the community fire before taking as much wood as possible to start a different and better fire somewhere else.
Self initiation is a biologically induced, hormone fueled attempt to seek acknowledgement of the recently added “adult” body mass whilst simultaneously rejecting anyone with the wisdom and ability to bestow the gift of acknowledgement that is desperately yearned for. No matter how risky the act, it will never satisfy the hidden hunger for acknowledgement, for the honouring of a young man by men or of a young woman by women thus leaving a psychological hole.
Self initiation cannot install the new “adult” emotional operating system that is optimized to run the larger, more powerful and vibrant young adult body. The adult behaviour execution file does not auto install and can lie dormant for decades. An effective and timely install requires a carefully planned and lovingly executed ritual to mark the transition from child to young adult, a contemporary, community based Rite of Passage. Perhaps as the supposed ‘adults’ of our society we could start setting a better example for our young people. They are often fantastic and sometimes uncomfortable mirrors of us. Helping them to grow up can help us grow up too.
September 9, 2010, 11:35 pm
February 7, 2014, 11:27 pm
Quotes from 'Leaving Neverland':
"Mankind has become Pankind" Daniel Prokop
"In a desperate attempt to stay young forever we have achieved eternal childishness, rather than eternal youth.” Daniel Prokop
“NEVERLAND : The imaginary island home of Peter Pan and the lost boys. A place where you never grow up. Michael Jackson’s former retreat. An accurate description of the 21st century.” Daniel Prokop
"Self initiation is a biologically induced, hormone fueled attempt to seek acknowledgement of the recently added “adult” body mass whilst simultaneously rejecting anyone with the wisdom and ability to bestow the gift of acknowledgement that is so desperately yearned for." Daniel Prokop
“Behind every preventable threat to the future of the human race lurks a boy in a man's body with both his hands in the jar of cookies that our ancestors set aside for future generations.” Daniel Prokop
"Growing up is much easier said than done. Just shouting 'Grow up!' or 'Act your age, not your shoe size!' does not work. Fortunately Rites of Passage offer a timely solution to the growing up conundrum. Without Rites of Passage many people can get stuck in the adolescent stage and some people never escape it." Daniel Prokop
"As the supposed adults in our society we have a lot of work to do to re-brand adulthood into something aspirational rather than something to be avoided at all costs (including your life)." Daniel Prokop
“None of the King of Pop’s horses and none of the King of Pop’s enablers could put the King of Pop’s childhood back together again.” Daniel Prokop
“Even amidst tragedy there is laughter, sometimes farce. The degree of farce depends on who is running the tragedy.” Daniel Prokop
“How many more GFCs or BP Gulf oil spills do we need before we finally decide that it is time for us to leave Neverland? For our sake, for our children’s sake, *ffs, we need to leave.” *for our futures sake." Daniel Prokop
“Unfortunately the ‘warrior’ archetype accidentally dropped the soap in the shower and he has been getting boned senseless by the ‘soldier/lobbyist archetype’ ever since.” Daniel Prokop
“When two or three people come together in the name of Neverland then I will be there amidst them or if I am too busy or have a better offer, then I will send a proxy or you can just have the tantrum without me, whatever.” (King James Version: Gospel of St. Peter (of Pan))
"Igorance is not bliss. With ignorance there is a “Veil of Ignorance.” Some extraordinary people can do the full dance of the nine veils of ignorance, that’s seven veils of idiocy plus two extra veils as a stupid bonus. Bliss doesn’t even own a veil." Daniel Prokop
"The Mongolian Empire was the largest land empire in history. As it started to collapse, no one thought to say: “Hey, just hang on a minute. If this collapses, think of all the job losses. It would upset half the world’s trade. Sorry world, we know they can be ruthless and brutal but the Mongolian Empire is just too big to be allowed to collapse.”
"In a world where no one wants to take responsibility, there are many who want to take advantage." Daniel Prokop
I've posted the video clip from the book launch where I walked around with a microphone and asked people "When are you going to grow up?" the answers are amusing and also a bit chilling. The roots of Neverland run deep.
- Launch Videos on Line August 29, 2010, 6:28 pm August 31, 2010, 7:53 pm
August 11, 2010, 10:29 pm
August 11, 2010, 10:29 pm
The book launch went very well at the Byron Bay Writer's festival. Thank you to everyone who came along and bought copies of the book.
July 25, 2010, 5:14 pm
July 25, 2010, 5:14 pm
Everyone Invited to the book launch August 6th 2:30pm. The launchpad, Byron Bay Writer's Festival
- "We Oiled the World" July 25, 2010, 4:44 pm August 11, 2010, 10:24 pm