An afternoon with @dannyshine to discover WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON?

in #activism4 years ago (edited)

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For almost ten years Danny has been pacing the streets of London with his megaphone speaking instinctively as a response to the world he sees around him. He challenges us to examine what is REALLY going on and is no stranger to the police and security guards who may believe they have the power to move him on but as his thousands of films demonstrate, this is clearly not the case.

He is an old hero of mine and I was excited to meet him for the first time at Borough Market in London earlier this month where I spent the afternoon filming him doing his thing. I am super grateful to Steemit for being the catalyst which brought us together.

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Many years ago I used to watch his films on YouTube and he taught me much about the illusion of power yielded by those 'in fancy dress'.

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He taught me who the real drug dealers & criminals are, he taught me about veganism and he taught me about meditation... amongst other things!

He always conducted his 'performaces' with a cheeky smile and the air of an improv comedian.

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What subjects did he cover?

  • Outside The Sun newspaper he spoke about the media machine which controls our minds

  • Outside a meat restaurant he spoke about the ethics of torturing & slaughtering animals because we like the way they taste

  • Outside this same restaurant (when a customer suggested I was breaking the law by filming her) he pointed out that the police were probably not the right people to call about this, bearing in mind they are quite content to film ALL OF US without our consent

  • Outside a sugary bakers stall he spoke about sugar and his own journey to stop eating it. Clean for one and a half years he has lost a bunch of weight and questioned why stalls were giving away sugar for free without any thought as to the effect is has on people

  • Outside a fancy hotel he spoke about the irony of Rolls Royces being parked around the corner from homeless people and posed his favourite question (what's really going on?) to a very friendly hotel manager who sadly didn't have too many thoughts on the answer

  • Outside a hospital he spoke about opioid addiction and how easy it is to get drugs from the medical system

  • Next to a man holding a sign about Jesus he spoke about going to Hell!

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  • Inside a Boots chemist he spoke about all the drugs being sold to mothers for their children

  • Outside a Cafe Rouge he spoke about finding a better purpose for the manager there, should he ever decide sell his soul to Danny (as opposed to the devil!)

  • In a shopping arcade he spoke to a security guard about unhappy dairy cows, concluding (very persuasively) that the man would have to contact our 'management team' to discuss the possibility of us filming somewhere else

This last security guard laughed and told Danny to contain his imagination, but it was pretty clear as we walked away voluntarily that his position of authority was merely a figment of his own imagination.

Core message

Despite the megaphone his underlying message (when dealing with stressed people) is actually quite subtle:

Whatever you're feeling right now is coming 100% from thought. It's not me that's doing anything to you. I'm just doing what I do... Whenever I feel angry I train myself to realise that I am doing it to myself. Danny Shine

The idea that we are ALWAYS responsible for our feelings (no matter what they are) is such a crucial one for the developing mind of a spiritual being and Danny would often end his 'performance' with this explanation. Whilst this may be true I find myself wondering how many of the people listening were able to grasp the deeper meaning here? Especially given the inescapable truth that while feelings of anger still reside in a person it will be very difficult for them to see the wood from the trees.

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Logical fallacy

It turns out people are much better at angrily attacking a person than they are at calmly listening and responding to what is being asked. When Danny chose to question the ethics of slaughtering & eating animals the most common response was an attempt to prove that he (or I) were hypocrites:

To Danny:

  • There is plastic in your megaphone
  • There is animal fat in your bicycle chain grease

To me:

  • Your backpack is made by child slaves (really?)
  • You have been on a plane

By doing this people are able to feel better about themselves whilst avoiding the question and from an outside perspective it is clear to see the complete lack of logic to their approach.

Danny responded to his first accusation and acknowledged that he was indeed a hypocrite because, yes folks (shock horror) he does own some plastic. Despite this acknowledgment, his attackers were not prepared to offer him the same honest response in return and continued to ignore his simple questions by mouthing further attacks.

In the end someone walked off with Danny's bike, depositing it around the corner in the hope this would move him on.

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Danny seemed to find this quite amusing and was clearly unconcerned about the bike. He calmly asked the crowd if anyone had witnessed what happened and everyone (including the restaurant manager) responded with a resounding NO so instead of moving on he stayed a while longer with the intention of helping people see what was REALLY GOING ON!

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I applaud Danny for the way in which he makes his points so calmly amongst all these angry people day in, day out. While his efforts may not appear to have any (positive) effect on most of the people he interacts with, his films have built him huge following of loyal fans and I know I am not alone when I say that watching him on YouTube has inspired me a great deal to keep on researching and keep on questioning.

So... what's really going on?

The question is best answered with another question: What do you mean?

In this situation what I mean is... what's going on with this control system built around us?

I was going to show you the film I have been editing these last few days but after chatting with a heavy hearted Danny last night I am reminded there are powerful forces at work here, intent on silencing the people who challenge the status quo and regretfully I cannot show you the film in its current form. I will let Danny himself give you the details of what has happened, should he choose.

The wording of certain 'laws' put us in the unacceptable position of being unable to speak publicly in a way which might be considered 'disorderly' or liable to cause 'distress' to others without risking hefty fines and eventual imprisonment. The intentional ambiguity of these words means that a wide variety of potential situations are covered.

Danny cannot do what he does without challenging people in a way which could potentially be perceived as disorderly and those of us who have already awoken to the many truths about which he speaks know very well that we did not make it to where we are without being challenged.

Final thoughts

I am very grateful to Danny for permitting me the opportunity to watch him at work... or more accurately at play!

It was an absolute pleasure and even a little bit scary at times. I was very conscious of how my heart rate increased when people were being aggressive towards me.

Many of us here on Steemit speak bold truths but we do so from behind the safety of our usernames, avatars and tor browsers. Danny Shine is one of those rare beings who exposes himself wholly so that we may see in all its authenticity the power of one man standing up to the system.

And frankly my friends, we are blessed to have him here on Steemit.

Check out his page @dannyshine for more.

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Oh how much fun you must be having! I wish I was there! Resteemed with high esteem! 😉

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Hey bro! Am back in France now working like a dog in the sun... a happy dog ;)

Though it does hurt a bit! https://steemit.com/joy/@samstonehill/my-first-normal-job-in-2-years-are-you-willing-to-get-your-hands-dirty-while-crypto-is-down

Where are you at these days???

Waiting for the film, I did resteem!

A big hug from @amico! ;)

Sorry about that but for the moment it must be kept off line due to unforeseen circumstances. Ultimately I will have to re-cut it so that it cannot cause any harm. Crazy times we live in.

Wow è Danny is also one of my hero :D I was so shocked when I met him at Steemfest2 :D
Happy that you have met him !

He is a pretty extraordinary man really. Am working to re-edit the film now making sure it won't cause him any legal problems. Speaking the truth publicly isn't as simply as it used to be.

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