1. the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste."an area undergoing rapid gentrification"
* the process of making a person or activity more refined or polite.
**NO** I will not stand impartial. Up middle finger to gentrification/social cleansing.
The great refiners of society! The gentry that want to refine but eat 'Organic' ready made.
Overstand that, 'divide and conquer' is real, always has been and working extremely well through the ages.
What ever it is you do. Know this, it's BIGGER than YOU- the only reason why you are where you are is because of others- so support others, when you see injustice call it out. Get up, stand up, for it its is bigger than you and essential for your own wellbeing in the long run. You are not separate from the 'rest', or 'others'. Although you may live on an Island, No one is an Island.
Resident of Brixton 30years, lived in communes and co-ops since arriving here and continue to do so, Railton rd. There are many older an wiser than me who (I have had the privilege to walk, talk and live with) have lived here, passed and some who continue to do so. Once again for all those who in suffering made Brixton, 'Brixton', gave Brixton Life, history, and culture - (not bars, clubs, and burgers),
We grew on these streets, sparred, played, hustled, gained confidence, lost, fought, cried, saw both justice and injustice across these councils estates, parks and institutions. Heard the true stories from the elders, story tellers, rastas, rude boys, musicians, dancers, djs, sound systems, poets, mcs, rappers, speakers, artists turned drug sellers, top shottaz turned shooters, voices of the revolution were the echoes of bass heard out of speakers.
In this day, I see people all around me especially people's avatars on social media actually playing like they're getting 'ahead'. Going somewhere.
Let me ask you, where is it that you think you are really going in the long term? Are you flying around the world? But your still here with us, still eating food, breathing air, drinking water? Are you making money? or more like receiving it? So someones giving or given it to you just like that title, that land ect, just been passed around or down. Do you own many things? If so how many of those things did you actually make (with your own hands), and how many of them can you carry/take with you? Do you even know who or what you are? Or are you going to say what someone else told you about yourself?
There's a great capoeira proverb.
'Todo mundo quer ser bom, Mas ruim ninguém quer Ser' (Everybody wants to be good- But bad, nobody wants to be)
This is a proverb which highlights great wisdom and explains our current state.
In which we continue to attempt and believe that we can save ourselves alone and so Divide and conquer continues...
Grandad used to say, My son 'A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong.'
No need to worry though, Its all an illusion, you are the world and the world is what you make it, just think of the best, it's all getting better. It's all for the best, It's all better than ever. Better than its ever been!
You cannot save yourself alone.
2017 and where is integrity? What do you or will you stand for? What moves you? What is your reason? What is your cause?
In my mind right now is echoing words of the great Malcolm X (first autobiography I read)- 'A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.'
See all this.
It reminds me of the poem called 'first they came' written by Martin Niemoller
First they came for the Communists And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist Then they came for the Socialists And I did not speak out Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me.