Full text transcript for Prince Ea’s powerful new video “Why I Think This World Should End,” released on September 8, 2014.
“The world is coming to an end. The air is polluted, the ocean’s contaminated. The animals are going extinct. The economy’s collapsed. Education is shot. Police are corrupt. Intelligence is shunned and ignorance rewarded.
The people are depressed and angry. We can’t live with each other, and, we can’t live with ourselves, so… everyone’s medicated.
We pass each other on the streets and if we do speak it’s meaningless robotic communication. More people want 15 seconds of fame than a lifetime of meaning and purpose, because what’s popular is more important than what’s right.
Ratings are more important than the truth. Our government builds twice as many prisons than schools. It’s easier to find a Big Mac than an apple, and when you find the apple it’s been genetically processed and modified.
Presidents lie, politicians trick us. Race is still an issue, and so is religion. “Your God doesn’t exist. My God does, and He is all loving. If you disagree with me I’ll kill you.” …or even worse, argue you to death.
Ninety-two percent of the songs on the radio are about sex. Kid’s don’t play tag, they play twerk videos. The average person watches 5 hours of television a day, and there’s more violence on the screen than ever before.
Technology has given us everything we could ever want and at the same time stolen everything we really need.
Pride is at an all time high, humility an all time low. Everybody knows everything, everybody’s going somewhere. Ignoring someone, blaming somebody. Not many human beings left anymore. A lot of human “doings.” Plenty of human “lingerings” in the past. Not many human “beings.”
Money is still the root of all evil, yet we tell our kids, “Don’t get that degree the jobs don’t pay enough.” Good deeds are only done when there’s a profit margin. Videos of the misfortunes of others go viral. We laugh and share them with our friends to laugh with us.
Our role models today, sixty years ago would have been examples of what not to be. There are states where people can legally be discriminated against because they were born a certain way.
Companies invest millions of dollars hiring specialists to make little girls feel like they need make-up to be beautiful, permanently lowering their self-esteem because they will never be pretty enough to meet those impossible standards.
Corporations tell us “Buy, buy, buy! Get this, get that! You must keep up! You must fit in! This will make you happy.” But… it never does for long.
So… What can we do in the face of all this madness and chaos, what is the solution?
We can love. Not the love you hear in your favorite song on the radio. I mean real love, true love, boundless love. You can love, love each other from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed.
Performing acts of kindness because that is contagious. We can be mindful during every interaction, planting seeds of goodness, showing a little more compassion than usual.
We can forgive because three hundred years from now will that grudge you hold against your friend, your mother, your father have been worth it? Instead of trying to change others we can change ourselves, we can change our hearts.
We’ve been sold lies, brainwashed by our leaders and those we trust to not recognize our brothers and sisters, and to exhibit anger, hatred and cruelty. But once we truly love we will meet anger with sympathy, hatred with compassion, cruelty with kindness.
Love is the most powerful weapon on the face of the earth. Robert Kennedy once said that few will have the greatness to be in history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. And in the total of all those acts will be written the history of a generation.
So yes, the world is coming to an end, and the path towards a new beginning starts, within you…”