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Henry Rollins' Inspiring Message for the Young People of America: VIDEO

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The narration is from a Big Think talk the former punk rocker-turned-media personality gave earlier this year.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I think it's misleading to say that the children of the rich don't know where a dollar comes from (around :58) and it's misleading to insinuate that the children of the poor do.

    Posted by: JJ | Apr 27, 2012 10:09:50 AM


  2. You're taking a few words out of context and spinning it into something he didn't say. What he said was, "You will encounter people... They can get all the way through high school and never understand where a dollar comes from because they just get it given to them." Nowhere does he say all rich people are bad, just that some people take the advantages they have for granted, which is indisputable.

    The overall message is that young people shouldn't give in to resentment of people who HAVE been given things and instead single-mindedly pursue their own goals. It's actually a very conservative statement, almost a "pull yourself up by the bootstraps" sort of thing, though it's presented as "you can be whoever you want," empowering instead of critical.

    Posted by: Caliban | Apr 27, 2012 10:43:20 AM


  3. JJ: Thank goodness someone like you is here to stand up for rich kids. Otherwise, who would?

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Apr 27, 2012 12:28:24 PM


  4. Henry Rollins is a good man trying to be helpful. I am touchd by his sincere efforts. He has said just the right thing for those who need it and though it wouldn't have hurt his message he clearly intended to remain off camera himself preferring that his words speak through the contributing images.

    Though he often seems like the most difficult man on earth, I've always sort of loved Henry.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 27, 2012 12:28:33 PM


  5. The POINT is NOT whether a kid knows where a dollar comes from or not, don't be simple minded like a hater. The point is to know one self, know the situation, DIY, plan, think things through, GET OFF YOUR BUTT and work work work.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Apr 27, 2012 12:33:59 PM


  6. i like it !!! nice message!! the images are powerful too .
    and of course the haters gonna hate !!

    if you dont have anything nice to say ..buy bubble gum and chew!!!

    Peace !!!

    Posted by: xael | Apr 27, 2012 1:11:09 PM


  7. I like the guy, but I wish he hadn't made comparisons to Boy Scouts or monks.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 27, 2012 2:15:07 PM


  8. @Caliban, very well said.

    Posted by: MattS | Apr 27, 2012 10:07:24 PM


  9. Loved this video message. So true. Thank you, Henry!!

    Posted by: nikko | Apr 28, 2012 1:53:54 AM


  10. This speech never would have made it through committee. His authenticity engages his audience, not his face or his resumé. The rich haven't done a very good job solving our problems, not because they won't, but because they can't. Money doesn't solve problems by itself. And the combination of wealth and ability is so rare
    The same malaise that infects society infects us. We sound just like them.

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