Eco-communities as a social vision

Eco-communities as a social vision
Egalitarian and ecological communities, like the pictured East Wind (, are very close to our vision of an ecological society

02 July, 2008

Album: "OK Computer" by Radiohead (1997)

Subterranean Homesick Alien

The breath of the morning
I keep forgetting
The smell of the warm summer air

I live in a town
Where you can't smell a thing
You watch your feet
For cracks in the pavement

Up above
Aliens hover
Making home movies
For the folks back home

Of all these weird creatures
Who lock up their spirits
Drill holes in themselves
And live for their secrets

They're all uptight
Uptight.. [x7]

I wish that they'd swoop down in a country lane
Late at night when I'm driving
Take me on board their beautiful ship
Show me the world as I'd love to see it

I'd tell all my friends
But they'd never believe
They'd think that I'd finally lost it completely

I'd show them the stars
And the meaning of life
They'd shut me away
But I'd be all right
All right..

I'm just uptight
Uptight.. [x7]

An obscured song, probably about boredom and pollution in an urban environment, about those people that think different and feel opressed and isolated in such a city where no one cares about collectivity, solidarity, cooperation and live an android-like life.
Unfortunatelly such a city is ours, Thessaloniki, a very conservative theocratic city, which was recently classified by EU as that with the greatest degradation of quality of life in EU, the less green, the heaviest traffic the heaviest atmospheric pollution in suspended particles and the biggest authority and public indifference for any improvement measure

Fitter Happier

more productive
not drinking too much
regular exercise at the gym (3 days a week)
getting on better with your associate employee contemporaries
at ease
eating well (no more microwave dinners and saturated fats)
a patient better driver
a safer car (baby smiling in back seat)
sleeping well (no bad dreams)
no paranoia
careful to all animals (never washing spiders down the plughole)
keep in contact with old friends (enjoy a drink now and then)
will frequently check credit at (moral) bank (hole in wall)
favours for favours
fond but not in love
charity standing orders
on sundays ring road supermarket
(no killing moths or putting boiling water on the ants)
car wash (also on sundays)
no longer afraid of the dark
or midday shadows
nothing so ridiculously teenage and desperate
nothing so childish
at a better pace
slower and more calculated
no chance of escape
now self-employed
concerned (but powerless)
an empowered and informed member of society (pragmatism not idealism)
will not cry in public
less chance of illness
tires that grip in the wet (shot of baby strapped in back seat)
a good memory
still cries at a good film
still kisses with saliva
no longer empty and frantic
like a cat
tied to a stick
that's driven into
frozen winter shit (the ability to laugh at weakness)
fitter, healthier and more productive
a pig
in a cage
on antibiotics

A narrative song that deals with comformity, lifestyle and other "must" isolated persons in a modern productive/consuming society follow in search of a "meaning" and "indentity". We must take care of ourselves in order to be accepted (food and ecological diets, gyms, fake smily apearrance, public relations, smart dressing, successfull carrier, etc.

you can hear some songs from this album in youtube:

Subterranean Homesick Allien
Paranoid Android
Karma Police

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