3 Minutes to Midnight is the prologue to King of the Sugarcoated Tongues. The song was inspired by the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic representation of how close we are to destroying ourselves & this beautiful blue marble we live on.
The clock was created by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists in 1947 after the devastation of the first atomic bomb. The closest we’ve come to self-destruction (midnight) was during the Cold War when the US tested the first hydrogen bomb. That was 2 minutes to midnight… In 1991 the superpowers began dismantling their nuclear weapons & there was hope climate change would be taken seriously. The future looked bright. That was 17 minutes to midnight.
This month the scientists adjusted the clock again. We’re now at 3 minutes to midnight- the closest we’ve been to self-destruction since the Cold War.
King of the Sugarcoated Tongues is a post-apocalyptic story about what could happen if the world keeps spinning out of control. We’ll be explaining that story for the first time over the coming week. Our planet is on the verge of tearing itself apart & it’s time to intervene. Now.
“I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.” -Oscar Wilde
Freedom of speech & expression is the foundation on which our society is built. It’s how we challenge & reinvent ourselves as a species. It forces us to deal with inconvenient truths. It teaches us how to empathise. Oppressing it through censorship is criminal. Oppressing it through violence is utterly unforgivable.
RIP to all who lost their lives at Charlie Hebdo. Your pens were mightier than their guns. And they always will be.
Our hearts ache for the victims of the Sydney siege & their families. To the racist people & media spouting anti-Muslim rhetoric in the wake of this terrible event- using tragedy & the actions of a few to paint an entire religion with the same ugly brush is the most un-Australian thing you could do.
We’re all part of the same race, the human race, so start acting like it and stop your generalising & fear-mongering. Using people’s deaths to victimise innocent human beings is to disrespect their memory.
And please wake up to the future consequences of your actions. If we start down this path it won’t be long before “‘Straya” becomes the next “‘Murica”. Once that happens there’s no going back. We are Australian; our diversity is & always will be our greatest strength. Especially in our darkest hours.