So I’m listening to “Wretches and Kings” by Linkin Park in the bus when I realise I don’t know some of the lyrics so I check it out online. Right underneath the opening speech the name “Mario Savio” is written in a bracket and I’m like… “Who’s that?”
It turns out that he was an activist who’s speech was used as the intro. So going through the speech of a college kid fighting to be heard, I got inspired.
Linkin Park picked this portion from the speech:
There comes a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels…upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop!
And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!
And the whole thing got me thinking… Mario wrote this to fight for academic freedom and free speech. But it doesn’t just relate to school. It related to the world we live in.
The “machine” which he called the student body could be seen as society. Just like the way school conforms us to certain pressures and restrictions society also does the same. And soon the pressures get us sick at heart, that we don’t even want to be part of this world.
When that happens, I think the best thing is to do is go “Mario Savio” on them.
Put your body again all the apparatus and parts: make it stop!
If you let yourself pass through the mold Society sets for you, you might not come out looking the way you want.
So… Go against the pressure and be what you want to be. Stop every apparatus of pressure – societal beliefs, stereotypes and all that nonsense – and be who you want to be.
You have to indicate to society that unless you’re going to be free to be YOU, you’ll won’t be a part of their common goal. And even tho society wants us to think one less person from the group won’t make a difference, it’s so not true. You’re an asset to society. As Mario said:
“We’re the raw material! But we’re a bunch of raw materials that don’t mean to be—have any process upon us.”
Society has always been the one to determine how we come out in the end. That’s why people believe they can’t make it if they didn’t start with the best of everything.
But most of the famous, rich people existing started from nothing, and made it because they broke out from societal norms. Bill Gates was a drop-out! Newton and Ben Carson started out as being bottom in class! Thomas Edison was kicked out of school!
The list is endless….
Mario Savio encourages:
Don’t mean to be made into any product. Don’t mean… Don’t mean to end
up being bought by some clients of the University, be they the government, be they industry, be they organized labor, be they anyone! We’re human beings!