RUSSELL BRAND TREW WORLD ORDER BRISBANE REVIEW:
I went on a Queensland road trip this week to attend Russell Brand’s Trew World Order show at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
If you had of told me only a year ago, that I would be excitedly driving 14 hours to see Russell Brand talk about politics, big corporations, equality, spirituality, addiction and sex – I would have laughed in your face. But there I was, listening to the audio version of his book Revolution through the speakers in the car, barely containing my excitement to hear what the man himself would have to say from the big stage.
The comedian, actor, and spokesperson for a revolution did not disappoint. I was vigorously nodding my head and clapping, laughing so much my cheeks hurt, and gasping with shock at his seemingly endless repertoire of penis jokes. Yes, it was Russell Brand, so I’m not sure why the last part shocked me so much.
Watching Russell Brand’s Trew World Order show reminded me of several things, all of which fundamentally speak to my heart. I thought I would share these with you below, in case they speak to you also.
Discover, embrace and use your uniqueness
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you would know that I am passionate about helping people discover and embrace their uniqueness in order to best be of service to themselves and the world. This is one of the reasons why I am so intrigued by the genius of Russell Brand. He is a fascinating example of someone who is using his uniqueness – his special combination of gifts, intelligences, creativity, imperfections, and talents – to change his world and the world.
I love working with and witnessing world changers, advocates, humanitarians, and benevolent characters use their platform and uniqueness to contribute to the world in a positive way. It therefore excites me to witness Russell Brand use his uniqueness, one-of-a-kind-ness, and platform in this way.
Summary: You must embrace your uniqueness in order to serve yourself and the world.
Connection and collectivism are the key to change
Central to Russell Brand’s message is that we must work together to achieve change. That connection, union, and collectivism is key.
This message was not only evident in his words, but in his actions too. The way he connected with the crowd was captivating. And as a person who loves to observe body language, I was deeply intrigued.
He would strut off the stage and approach individuals in the crowd. He would ‘cross the line’ in terms of questioning and personal space too – speaking loudly and emphatically down the microphone, looking them intensely and playfully in the eye, standing so very close to their bodies. They would lean slightly back away from him, seemingly uncomfortable about his proximity, but clearly excited and starstruck by his attention too. He’d hug them, tell them he loved them, accept their gifts, and even welcome them to the stage and interrupt him as he ‘worked’.
You could feel the connection within the crowd – to each other and to him. A cheeky but charismatic soul. It made change feel possible… if we were to band together.
Summary: Collectivism and connection is required in order to create radical change.
Learn from your past
For a good segment of the show, Russell Brand poked fun at himself, his mistakes, lessons and imperfections. He shared an analysis of his interview with Jeremy Paxman, where he poked fun at his sudden switches in energy and personality throughout questioning, and his inability to articulate his message as articulately or coherently as he would of liked. He also joked about his narcissistic tendencies and his fallibilities (in packing bags and completing obstacle courses) in his short-term stint with the Marine corp.
Russell Brand sure seemed to be able to laugh at himself, to not take himself too seriously, and to look back and reflect on where he could change, improve or grow as a person or in his behaviour or messaging moving forward.
Summary: Don’t take yourself too seriously – and consciously learn from your mistakes or imperfections.
Change is possible
In the show and in his book Revolution, Russell Brand speaks of the need for change. He warns us not to be fooled by those who say change is not possible – that they are often the ones who’s best interest is for things to remain the same. He speaks of his belief in change – that he has witnessed it in his own life and in his own consciousness – and knows that it is indeed possible.
Summary: Remember that change is possible. There is an alternative, even if we can’t see it yet.
Disrupt or challenge the status quo
Russell Brand doesn’t appear to shy away from controversy. In fact, many would argue that he seems to crave it. His lack of a filter, his tendency to ‘cross the line’, and his reputation for disrupting or challenging the status quo is well known, feared, and expected. His performance in Brisbane on Thursday night was certainly in line with this.
Despite how much of a natural Russell Brand appears at being a disrupter, I suspect it comes with it’s downsides. For example, the negative press and the accusations of hypocrisy would be no walk in the park – but he continues to challenge the status quo anyway. I love that he shakes up the world, the crowd, and the media, in this way. The shock often sparks conversations that need to be had, with each other and within ourselves.
Now I’m not saying that we must all disrupt or challenge the status quo in the way that Russell Brand does. My goodness, the thought of that scares me a little. I know that I could never challenge the norm in ‘his way’ – and I suspect the results would be terrifying and ineffectual if I were to try. Similarly, Russell Brand attempting to disrupt or challenge the status quo in the way that I do, would not suit him or the world well.
I’m merely encouraging you to consider disrupting or challenging the norm in your own way. To use your critical thinking skills – to not believe everything that you read. To make an effort to inform yourself. To do what feels right to you in the pursuit of what is fair and just. To not simply accept the status quo to be true. To shake up the world in in your own way.
Summary: Don’t automatically accept the status quo, especially if you feel in your bones that it’s wrong. Challenge the norm when required – but in your way.
I’d love to know in the comments below – what are you passionate about changing in the world?
Let’s soar together,