Pink Floyd The Wall: the Movie (2000)
Life in Britain during World War II must have been hell. The constant fear of invasion by the Germans coupled with nightly bombing raids and V2 rockets would have kept the population on edge. How they survived is astounding, but it must have left a residue of anxiety.
George Orwell wrote “Nineteen Eighty-Four” shortly after the war, and the picture was bleak.
Roger Waters of the group Pink Floyd must have picked up the same ‘vibe’ when he wrote “The Wall” (1979). His vision of a dystopian world takes the concept of Big Brother that one step further into insanity. He envisioned a world in lockstep with fascism.
In fact, alienation is the overarching theme of this concept album (and then music movie) and during the 1980’s this may have been a ‘real’ feeling of how the world had finally gone mad.
When the population follows a charismatic leader, all kinds of aberrations occur. January 6th of this year is a case in point. And we haven’t seen the last of Donald Trump, so I can only imagine how much worse life in the States could get. But other parts of the world are under siege, too. Will the world survive?
Another Brick in the Wall
I don’t need no arms around me
And I don’t need no drugs to calm me
I have seen the writing on the wall
Don’t think I need anything at all
No, don’t think I’ll need anything at all
All in all, it was all just bricks in the wall
All in all, you were all just bricks in the wall
(Doesn’t that say it all?)
Fascism is fascination of power over the intellect. When you stand up to the crowd, you’re considered a freak. This is freaking ugly, this is freaking sick. Long live Liberty of Thought.
Patient: “I can’t help hoping your mesmerism may benefit me.” Dr. Quimby: “What is that?” Patient: “The gift you have of healing.” Dr. Quimby: “I do not pretend to have any such gift and if I had as great a one as you would give me, I do not see how I could cure you if I believed as you do, unless I took the disease and died myself. I come to break the prison wall that surrounds you and if I did not know what it was, how could I do it? If I did not know what consumption was, how could I destroy it? In this world we are subject to any idea that we cannot scientifically destroy and we are affected by them all, from the most petty disease of fashion to the lowest superstition. Our minds act upon each other more indifferently than we are taught to believe. For instance, I establish an intercourse with you, perfectly intelligent to myself, purely mentally, and discover all your troubles by asking a single question. This you admit and this proves that you, as an individual, are entirely independent of the body which you inhabit. There is not a particle of knowledge in that body of itself, but it is a servant or medium of communication which you employ between yourself and others in the same state. That that sees is not the eye, the organ, and that that is seen through the eye is not the truth but matter or an idea, and it is the meaning that we see. This intelligence that controls the senses, I, by my practice, come in contact with. That disturbance which makes you come to me produces certain sensations on you which I feel, and in these sensations is the answer which you wish and which comes to me. This answer, if I can make you know and feel it as I do, is your cure and the science lies in making you know it. If I do not succeed it is not the fault of the truth, but the skill of the operator that is at fault.”
Quimby, Phineas. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond (p. 180). Phineas Parkhurst Quimby Resource Center. Kindle Edition.