It’s hard to ignore Russell Brand, partially because he is seemingly omnipresent, because he is irresistibly charismatic, and because he essentially walked away from acting to pursue activism as an author, comedian, and public speaker. Many describe him as “the voice of the 99%.” Others say he is just a loud-mouthed eccentric wannabe revolutionary. Which is it?
Career Change: From Acting to Activism
When someone spends the first half of their life trying to become something, and the moment they achieve it they switch to something completely different, there are two likely possibilities for such a dramatic turn. In Russell’s case, he spent his life trying to become a celebrity. The moment he did, he rather quickly gave it up to pursue activism, political commentary, and writing children’s books and manuals for revolution. Either he quickly found out that celebrity life is materialistic and non-fulfilling, or someone made him an offer he couldn’t refuse to co-opt social dissent. Let us figure out which one is true.
I must admit I have been smitten with the comedian since his early debut in America in the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall. This has left me with a blessing and a burden. On the one hand, I have a bird’s eye view of his career; I have watched his personality mature and his values refine. On the other hand, this naturally leaves me open to a bias in his favor. Perhaps I developed an imago of sorts and I am prone to overlook red flags because I might identify with him unconsciously.
Character Flaws vs. Bad Intentions
Beneath his well-polished, articulate, and humorous personality reside some serious character flaws. He is an admitted narcissist and it is clear to see he wants to be associated with the coming revolution. This has caused many to wonder if he may be involved for ulterior motives.
However, he seems to be the only actor who is using his pulpit to discuss economic conspiracies, consciousness, and a wide array of taboo topics on live television. Has Brand realized that great power comes with great responsibility, or has he found a new niche to exploit?
Brand openly tells the story of the misguided intentions he had when he initially sought fame. He was driven by vanity and the approval of others. This lack of self-love drove him to a drug addiction at a young age. He was driven by inauthenticity, trying to appeal to the masses.
Brand once commented on his rockstar-turned-spiritual lifestyle,
I tried to fix a spiritual malady with drugs, alcohol, sex, attention…all of these became addictions because they seemed to temporarily fill the void of meaninglessness in my life.
Constant Change is Usually a Hallmark of Growth
A through-thread in Brand’s career seems to be one of self-improvement and he is constantly changing. He is open-minded to things that are unfamiliar to him and often admits that he is just a beginner on the path of Self Knowledge and the occult.
For example, whenever he is asked about the Illuminati’s influence in Hollywood, he does not deny its existence but he does insist that he never directly experienced Illuminati dealings or was unaware of them if they happened. He is open to the idea of there being secret societies but he instead focuses on society’s more visible conspiracies.
He repeatedly references other scholarly figures’ works. He seems to oscillate between eastern mysticism, western psychology, and topical conspiracy. To paint a better picture for you, the likes of Paramahansa Yogananda, Joseph Cambell, and David Icke are among his biggest influences.
Is Brand Actually Becoming a Legitimate Threat to the Powers That Be?
Most recently, Brand has been expounding on some exciting ideas that actually present a legitimate threat to the existing power-consolidation paradigm. The ideas sound very similar to ones that we discuss and promote here at Dauntless Dialogue. These ideas can result in true independence and help to collapse the obsolete economy.
Brand recently made a sarcastic rant while performing stand up in East London where he revealed his most passionate hopes for humanity.
I’ve really lost interest in bringing down the government, setting up micro-cultures, setting up true technological democracies where we all vote on things that are important to us, fully autonomous communities that are leaderless where we govern ourselves, where you can be run on whatever principles you choose but no group can influence any other group or the planet as a whole… I’m not interested in imposing my anarchic ideology that could truly change the world. There are countless solutions, there are countless alternatives. We can dream them up in this room. There’s enough wisdom and shared consciousness in this room to work our entire planet.
Celebrities are Barometers for Social Values
It is wise to vet the figureheads of society even if they seem friendly and innocuous. While we don’t want to spend eternity dwelling on the lives of celebrities and pop icons, they act as barometers for the value system the collective holds and perhaps the gullibility of the public when they fall for a lie. Occasionally, Dauntless Dialogue will scrutinize individuals in the public eye and attempt to get to the bottom of whether or not these individuals mean well or not.
Russell Brand’s Diagnosis: Revolutionary
In this case, we diagnose Russell Brand as a well-meaning comedian who has come a long way and still has a ways to go. He is bringing overdue attention to important subjects but is scratching at the surface of the conspiracies he discusses. Brand’s central message is one of consciousness, connection, and revolution which we are all about at Dauntless Dialogue. However, just like the title of his latest stand up tour, Messiah Complex, Brand fancies himself to be the savior of the planet and he will do anything in his power to squeeze all of the attention that he can get out of the social collapse to get some street cred’ with younger generations.
Russell seems to be getting ever closer to Truth. Lately, he has been spouting very impressive, intellectual, and logical ideas that withstand a philosophical and moral examination. He is implementing true change with the proceeds from his book sales, he is on the ground protesting with average citizens, he has brought into question the official 9/11 story live on BBC television, he seems to discuss consciousness and spirituality in every public conversation he has, and he is viciously exposing the mainstream media’s lie machine, the fake personas of politicians, and the cabal running the world’s economy. He advocates for anarchy, a new economy, banning corporations, creating technological abundance, and setting up micro-culture community initiatives.
Russell seems to be growing wiser and maturing in his views with each year that goes by. His only hang up seems to be his desire for attention which he may soon grow out of. At least he is using the attention he gets wisely. Who an individual was is not as important as who they are now, but it is definitely part of the story that deserves to be told. When you look at Russell’s trajectory, it is astounding how far he has come in the last ten years. Overall, Russell Brand is a great addition to society and has raised the bar for celebrities. He’s turning into a cleaner version of Bill Hicks. If we had more public figures that followed his example, it is fair to say that the entertainment industry would be dramatically different, if not a true force to be reckoned with.
It is ultimately up to the public to not need a leader, but as long as they do, Russell Brand is one of the best public figures on the scene right now for people to use as a role model.
Did we mention he’s really funny?