System of a Down’s Serj Tankian: ‘Civilization in Its Current Form Has Run Its Course’
Turning on the news these days can be quite frightening, with police shootings, assassination attempts, terrorist acts, racist acts and political maneuvering reshaping what we once knew of other countries. It's all certainly caught the attention of System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian, who has offered his thoughts on all of the upheaval going on not only in the U.S. but around the world.
Tankian offered a rant on the state of the world in a new posting at his Facebook page. He listed off one issue after another after another that have dominated headlines in the past year, most of which have negative connotations. But while starting with the negatives, Tankian used the rest of the post to seek a positive change.
"One thing is clear. Civilization in its current form has run its course," states Tankian, adding, "We desperately need to figure out how to handle the human disease of violence toward one another." Read his full commentary below.
The world seems to be spinning out of control all over the planet. Reason seems to have taken a back seat to xenophobia, extremism and fanatical thinking and action. Killings of unarmed black males in the U.S., targeted assassinations of police in response, an illegal overhaul of a whole part of society in Turkey supposedly in response to the coup attempt, heavy handed police roundups by police in Armenia of civic leaders in response to an armed police station takeover, civilian killings in France, Belgium, Germany and elsewhere by so called Isis sympathizers- as the list goes on and on. I guess environmental catastrophic warnings are not enough to temper our animalistic idiocracy. One thing is clear-civilization in its current form has run its course. We desperately need to figure out how to handle the human disease of violence toward one another. In the U.S. we need to see a culture of change from violent unilateral action to serving justice starting with police incriminations of those responsible for heinous crimes. In Turkey we need to assert the voices for progressive change against the dogmatic perversions of Erdogan's regime and in Armenia we need to figure out a way out of the post Soviet corrupt hierarchy that has ruled/ruined the country since its independence. Culture, empathy, and equality driven by the majority will always win especially in a climate of economic egalitarianism. Another dark day in history can be subverted by intellect, temperance and justice.
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Tankian has spent time this year promoting music from his 1915 soundtrack, but the vocalist did reveal back in May that there has "definitely been communication going on" concerning new music with System of a Down. He explained, “We’re communicating and trying to see if we can bring our material together. There’s definitely a lot of communication going on, a lot of back and forth. I can’t make a statement in terms of whether we’re going to have a record or not, because we haven’t gone into the studio and done it. But there’s definitely communication going on, songs being played to each other and all that stuff, so it’s good. We’ll see what happens.”
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