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Do the Evolution

Robert Franklin

Posted on November 1, 2019 20:56

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While thinking about the state of people in these trying times, one particular music video comes to mind...

When I was 11, I started having trouble sleeping. I woke up every morning around 2:30, and after several days, I decided that I was going to at least do something with my time.

On my first night watching overnight cable programming, I discovered Insomniac Music Theater on VH1.

 

Trippy, right? Imagine a sleep-deprived 11-year-old with a hyperactive imagination watching that promo.

I was hooked immediately, and one particular video in the block's rotation struck a particular chord.

Pearl Jam's 1998 video for "Do the Evolution" is a masterpiece, in my opinion. The animation in the video follows the song closely and features the combined visions of both Kevin Altieri, who worked on Batman: The Animated Series, and Todd McFarlane, who created the comic Spawn.

It's definitely not for sensitive viewers.

As I've gotten older, this music video has become less a symbol of boundary-pushing, dark imagery and more as I assume Eddie Vedder intended. As an adult, especially having closely followed headlines and rumors and scandal from around the post-9/11 world, "Do the Evolution" feels just as relevant now as it did in the late-1990's.

As I see it, "Do the Evolution" is an indictment of the juxtapositional relationship humans have with progress. As bleak as it may sound, while humans have done great things in the name of progress -- developing functional societies, harnessing technologies, creating art and world-changing movements -- our savage nature still exists.

There is still war over ridiculous concepts like money, territory, and ideological conflict. Retribution is still an accepted implementation of justice. Temperance still seems to be an unattainable state in which to exist. As time moves on, social changes sow seeds of fear and distrust in large portions of the population, many of whom would actually benefit from such progress.

As I see it, the savage nature of humanity continues to exist because humans still experience fear. It can be a staggering emotion, fear, a guiding force, a malevolent motivator inspiring otherwise rational people to give into their baser instincts. While there is nothing wrong with being afraid -- one could argue experiencing fear has been a significant factor in keeping humans alive for their two-and-a-half million year history -- completely giving into fear, passing to it the controller and allowing it to dictate every action and reaction, not only impedes progress but assists in the rejection of it.

The Western world is experiencing that today -- the rejection of progress. This rejection is largely motivated by fear. A loss of familiarity. A loss of tradition. A loss of control as a brave new world quickly approaches.

And despite my cautious optimism that things will change and progress will be embraced, there is still a part of me worried that the images I saw in "Do the Evolution" as an 11-year-old insomniac were less a thought-provoking music video and more an omen of things to come.

This is what I fear.

Robert Franklin

Posted on November 1, 2019 20:56

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